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Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein nominated as UN high commissioner for human rights

Jun 6, 2014 16:08 IST

Jordan Prince, Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, the Jordan’s Ambassador to the United Nations was nominated as UN High Commissioner for human rights. He was nominated by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 6 June 2014.

He will replace the current High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay.  Pillay took up the post on 1 September 2008 and her mandate was renewed for two years which began on 1 September 2012.

About Zeid Al-Hussein
At present, Zeid Al-Hussein is a Jordan's Permanent Representative to the UN and he also held the same post previously from 2000 to 2007.

He served as Jordan's Ambassador to the US and non-resident Ambassador to Mexico from 2007 to 2010 and also as Jordan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN from 1996 to 2000.

About UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The post was established by UN General Assembly in 1993, to promote and protect the effective enjoyment by all people of all civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights, including the right to development. The term of UN high Commissioner for Human Rights is 4 years.

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