UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Under the United Nations organization, the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) is the senior official charged with investigating and implementing human rights policies. The office supports, but does not report to, the UN Human Rights Council. Navanethem Pillay of South Africa is the incumbent.


Previous commissioners
Name Nationality Years in Office
Louise Arbour Canada 2004-2008
Sergio Vieira de Mello Brazil 2002-2003
Mary Robinson Ireland 1997-2002
Jose Ayala-Lasso Ecuador 1994-1997