Pillay Gets New Term As Un Rights Chief
The UN General Assembly has unanimously gave UN human rights chief Navi Pillay a new two-year term over Syria’s complaints about her “hostile” attitude.
The 193-nation assembly gave the new term yesterday by acclamation without a vote, 10 days after UN leader Ban Ki-moon said he wanted to keep Pillay in her high-profile post.
Pillay, a former senior judge in South Africa, has become a key member of the Ban team, particularly over the past two years as the international community has sought to keep up pressure on the Arab Spring nations such as Syria.
Pillay got the new vote of confidence as an independent committee of inquiry mandated by the UN Human Rights Council released a new report on abuses by Syrian government forces.