Jordan’s Prince Zeid Nominated as Next Human Rights Chief

Jordan addresses the press at Security Council Stakeout
June 6, 2014 – Ban Ki-moon on Friday nominated Jordan’s envoy to the United Nations as successor to Navi Pillay as human rights commissioner.

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein will become the seventh person to hold the post of high commissioner for human rights pending approval from the UN General Assembly.

Zeid served as political affairs officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia and was a candidate to succeed Kofi Annan as secretary-general in 2006. Jordan is currently a member of the UN Security Council

Navil Pillay’s term will end in September this year. Pillay, a South African lawyer, has held the post since 2008 but fell foul of the United States because of her criticism of Israel and was only approved for a half-term, or two years, when her first four-year term ended in September 2012.

Zeid would become the first Arab to hold the post.

Previous Holders:

Jose Ayala-Lasso (Ecuador) 1994-97
Mary Robinson (Ireland) 1997-2002
Sergio Vieira (Brazil) 2002-03 (killed in Canal Hotel Bombing, Baghdad, Aug. 19, 2003)
Bertrand Ramcharan (Guyana) 2003-04 (Acting)
Louise Arbour (Canada) 2004-08
Navanethem Pillay (South Africa) 2008-

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