LONDON, Aug 11 (APP):Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP placeholder has welcomed
the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet who has
succeeded Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, a statement of Foreign and Commonwealth office said.
In the statement, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said,”I would like to warmly congratulate
Michelle Bachelet on her appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.”
“The UK strongly supports the Office of the High Commissioner in its efforts to promote
and protect human rights throughout the world, and to strengthen the ability of the UN
system as a whole to respond to human rights situations of concern”, he remarked.
Michelle Bachelet has extensive experience of the UN, and a long history of working
to promote human rights, including as the founding Executive Director of UN Women.
UK Foreign Secretary said “We wish her every success and look forward to working with her and
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein for the
invaluable contributions he has made in his role as High Commissioner, speaking up tirelessly
for the victims of human rights abuses, and holding nations that commit serious and
systematic violations against their citizens to account”.