The UN General Assembly has approved Chile’s former President Michelle Bachelet as the next UN human rights chief by consensus.
With a bang of his gavel, Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Friday gave official approval to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ selection of Bachelet. The UN’s 193 member states applauded.
Bachelet has been a victim of human rights abuses herself and is also a fierce advocate for women’s rights.
She was Chile’s first female president and the first head of the UN agency to promote gender equality, UN Women.
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Bachelet and her mother were tortured after a 1973 coup led by right-wing general Augusto Pinochet ousted Marxist President Salvador Allende. Her father, Gen. Alberto Bachelet, was accused of treason and died of cardiac arrest after months of torture.