UN Human Rights Chief

New UN rights chief vows to raise her voice for women, boost partnerships

Twice-president of Chile, paediatrician and former political prisoner, Michelle Bachelet, is now UN human rights chief, and promising to raise her voice for women and the vulnerable, across the world.  In her early life, she was detained and tortured under the Chilean dictatorship and later worked as head of the medical department for an NGO helping child torture survivors.  She sat down with UN News's Laura Quiñones.

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News In Brief 09 August 2018

  • Secretary-General nominates next UN Human Rights High Commissioner
  • Casualties in Israel and Gaza following overnight violence
  • Syrian aid to East Ghouta hampered by access restrictions
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News in Brief 12 October 2017 (PM)

Libyan government urged to find alternatives to “horrific” detention centres

The Libyan government needs to establish alternatives to detention centres in the country, where human rights abuses of migrants and others have become “endemic”.

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Parliamentarians urged to lead peace efforts in Burundi

International concern continues to mount over Burundi, where a months’ long political crisis has led to the deaths of hundreds of people and forced thousands to flee to neighbouring countries.

The situation began in April after President Pierre Nkurunziza sought a contested third term.

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