UN Rights Chief Stepping Down
Friday, March 7, 2008
The U.N.'s top human rights official is quitting after only one
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.