UN: Top human rights' post for South African judge

2008-07-24 00:00

UNITED NATIONS — UN chief Ban Ki-moon yesterday formally appointed South African judge Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, who grew up and practised in Durban, to succeed Louise Arbour as his high commissioner for human rights.

UN spokeswoman Michele Montas said the secretary-general informed the UN General Assembly of his decision to appoint Pillay, who currently serves as an appeals chamber judge on the International Criminal Court.

Diplomats and UN officials said the General Assembly is expected to approve the appointment at a meeting due next Monday.

Pillay was picked from a short list that also included prominent Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Hila Jilani and Argentine human rights lawyer Juan Mendez, according to diplomats and UN officials.

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