New UN human rights commissioner appointed

On July 24, 2008, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed South African judge Navanethem Pillay as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Pillay's appointment was confirmed by the UN General Assembly on July 29, 2008. She replaced departing commissioner Louise Arbour. Pillay had served as a judge in both the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) prior to her appointment in the UN. She was also the first woman of Southeast-Asian descent appointed to the South African Supreme Court in 1995.

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