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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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