Former Chile president appointed UN human rights chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres [official profile] announced [UN report] Wednesday that former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet will succeed Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website]. Bachelet completed her second four-year term as the Chilean president earlier this year. Upon her initial election in 2006, she became the first...

UN rights experts urge Nicaragua to stop repressing human rights defenders

UN human rights experts urged [press release] the government of Nicaragua Thursday to stop repressing voices that are critical of the government after “100 days of unrest in which at least 317 people have been killed and 1,830 injured.” The experts stated that “[r]eports indicate that there has been an increase in targeted repression, criminalisation and alleged...

UN experts condemn Trump’s attacks on media

UN experts on freedom of expression on Thursday condemned [press release] US President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, saying that the attacks are “strategic, designed to undermine confidence in reporting and raise doubts about verifiable facts.” The experts emphasized the importance of the free press, and urged Trump to end these attacks and condemn his...