In 1st key speech, new UN rights chief airs concerns

In Photo: In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Chile’s then-President Michelle Bachelet looks on during a visit to Memory Park, which honors the victims of the country’s dictatorship, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bachelet was 23 years old when she was tortured and fled her country’s dictatorship into exile. Now in 2018, more than four decades later, she will have to face her painful past as the new United Nations human-rights chief fighting such abuses worldwide.

Michelle Bachelet made her first address to the Human Rights Council as it opened a three-week session on Monday. The former Chilean president became United Nations high commissioner for human rights this month.

She denounced a lack of “redress” for migrant families who were separated by US authorities after being detained in a now-discontinued practice of separating children from their families.

According to prepared remarks, Bachelet said “attacks and persecution appear to be continuing” against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

She expressed concern about “ongoing military operations” in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province.

Image Credits: AP/Natacha Pisarenko

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