On 8th September 2022, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly approved Volker Tiirk of Austria to be the global body’s Human Rights Chief by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Volker Turk replaces Verénica Michelle Bachelet Jeria, a Chilean politician who served at the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) from 2018 to 2022.

About Volker Turk:

  • Previously, Volker Turk served as the Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UN refugees, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Geneva. He had a long and successful career in the advancement of human rights globally.
  • He served with the UN refugee agency in Malaysia, Kosovo and Bosnia Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kuwait.
  • His immediate challenge will be the controversial report of the accusation on China committing crimes against humanity and possibly genocide (mass murder) against the Uyghur people and abusing Muslim minorities.

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