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.