Outgoing UN human rights chief hails choice of successor

August 10, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, then Chilean President Michelle Bachelet speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters. Diplomats say Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has chosen former president Bachelet to be the next UN human rights chief. The diplomats said Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, that UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a group of ambassadors of Guterres' decision on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations’ outgoing human rights chief is welcoming the choice of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet as his successor, praising her “deep commitment to human rights.”

Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, a Jordanian diplomat and member of the Mideast kingdom’s royal family, ends his 4-year term as the Geneva-based U.N. high commissioner for human rights on Aug. 31.

Zeid said in a statement Friday that he was “truly delighted” by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ appointment of Bachelet on Wednesday.

He said “she has all the attributes — courage, perseverance, passion and a deep commitment to human rights — to make her a successful high commissioner.”

In that role, Zeid was an outspoken critic of abuses across the world, insisting recently that his office doesn’t “bring shame on governments, they shame themselves.”

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