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UNGA approved the name of Zeid al-Hussein to head OHCHR

Jordan’s Prince, Zeid al-Hussein has been appointed as the next human rights chief. With this he became first Muslim and Arab to hold the post.

Jun 18, 2014 12:12 IST
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United Nations General Assembly on 16 June 2014 approved the name of Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein to head the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) of the UN. With this approval, Jordanian Prince Zeid al-Hussein, a cousin of Jordanian King Abdullah II, became the first Muslim and Arab to hold the post.

His tenure as UN high Commissioner for human rights will start on 1 September 2014 as the successor of Navi Pillay of South Africa. Zeid al-Hussein, a PhD holder from Cambridge University will hold the position for four-year.


Zeid al-Hussein is a top diplomat and at present he is Jordan’s permanent representative to the United Nations. Previously, he has served as Jordan’s ambassador to the United States and Mexico. He has been the President of the International Criminal Court’s membership body for three years from 2002.

He also played a key role in establishment of International Criminal Court (ICC). He was a political affairs officer at UNPROFOR, the UN peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia during the Balkan conflict.

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