South Africa judge took office as UN human rights commissioner

On September 1, 2008, South African judge Navanethem Pillay assumed the role of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing departing commissioner Louise Arbour. Prior to Pillay's appointment, she had served on both the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is also a co-founder of women's rights group Equality Now and in 1995 became first woman of Southeast-Asian descent appointed to the South African Supreme Court. Pillay was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and confirmed by the UN General Assembly for the position in July 2008.


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