News 2008


UN Rights Chief Stepping Down


Friday, March 7, 2008

The U.N.'s top human rights official is quitting after only one term.

Louise Arbour, the high commissioner for human rights, says she has told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that she will not be available for a second term. Arbour says she will serve until the end of her current four-year term on June 30.

The 61-year-old Canadian legal expert made her decision public in Friday's session of the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council.

Arbour stopped short of telling the council why she is quitting. But, like her predecessors, she has been a frequent target of criticism from a broad range of countries.