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On Sept. 1, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, took office as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.Among Bachelet's top challenges will be persuading the U.S. Congress to block efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to withhold funds from her agency in violation of U.S. treaty obligations.In 1975, Bachelet and her mother were imprisoned and tortured by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's regime.Bachelet's then-partner, a leader of the country's Socialist Party, was detained and disappeared during the dictatorship.As the U.N.'s human rights commissioner, Bachelet is succeeding another distinguished administrator, Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.Like Zeid, Bachelet will not take direction from the U.N. Human Rights Council.If Bolton gets his way in damaging the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (as well as the International Criminal Court, at which he took aim on Sept. 10), Bachelet's stellar resume will not be enough to keep human rights atop the U.N. agenda.
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