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7 March 2008

UN: High Commissioner for Human Rights resigns; replacement must preserve independence of post

Reacting to today’s news that Louise Arbour has resigned her position as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International paid tribute to her achievements and called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to ensure that her successor is of a similar high international standard with a proven track-record as a strong and independent advocate for human rights.

As High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour has been a forceful and formidable advocate for human rights protection, stressing the need to apply and enforce legal obligations and establish accountability for the perpetrators of human rights violations. During her time in office, the resources for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights were increased. 

“In an increasingly challenging global environment, the High Commissioner’s position is that of a resolute and outspoken champion for human rights,” said Amnesty International. “The new High Commissioner must be a strong and independent advocate for human rights with a clear vision and a proven ability to inspire the broader human rights community.”

Amnesty International calls on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to ensure that the new High Commissioner for Human Rights is selected by means of a transparent process that includes thorough consultation with all stakeholders, including civil society.

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