Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet speaks from her office at the Palais Wilson on her first day as new United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights on September 3, 2018 in Geneva. / AFP / POOL / Fabrice COFFRINI
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Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who took the helm of the U.N. human rights office Monday, will need a strong voice in confronting populists and crises marked by war crimes, activists said.Bachelet swiftly called on Myanmar to free two Reuters journalists convicted earlier in the day for their reporting on the crackdown on Rohingya.Bachelet was chosen by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to succeed Zeid Raad al-Hussein of Jordan and the appointment was approved by the General Assembly last month.Just last week independent U.N. investigators said that six Myanmar generals should be prosecuted for "genocidal intent" and another expert panel said that some air strikes by the Arab coalition in Yemen may amount to war crimes.
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