Who's who in #globaldev: August 2018 appointments

Michelle Bachelet, new United Nations high commissioner for human rights. Photo by: Amanda Voisard / U.N. / CC BY-NC-ND

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Former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet is the new United Nations high commissioner for human rights. She takes on the position at a time of rising human rights violations worldwide, from Syria to the Palestinian territories, the United States to the Philippines.

Observers are confident that her background and experience will serve her well in the position. Bachelet, who experienced firsthand the human rights atrocities under the military regime of Augusto Pinochet, is a known human rights champion. During her first presidency in Chile, she created the National Institute for Human Rights. In her second term in office, which ended in March 2018, she oversaw the passing of a bill recognizing same sex marriages, as well as the creation of a new ministry addressing women’s rights and gender inequality.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.