Geneva, August 31, 2022: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has paid tributes to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, for her “exemplary leadership” as she completes her tenure, saying that people under foreign occupation will remember her as a defender of their rights, freedom and dignity.
“We commend your push back against peddlers of hate and discrimination against people and communities because of their religious beliefs,” Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN offices in Geneva, told an organizational session of the Human Rights Council Tuesday, on behalf of OIC’s member states.
No replacement for Ms. Bachelet has so far been made.
Responding to questions at the regular noon briefing in New York, UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the recruitment process was being completed, and until it’s finalized, as of Sept 1, Nada Youssef Al-Nashif, who is the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be the officer-in-charge.
In his remarks on behalf of OIC, Ambassador Hashmi lauded Ms. Bachelet’s solid commitment to advancing universal respect for human rights, dignity and needs.
“We value your openness towards dialogue and engagement, a core mandate of this Council,” he said, addressing her.
“Your four-year term was unique,” the Pakistani envoy said, referring to multiple challenges, including the unparalleled socio-economic impacts of the COVID pandemic.
“These effects spotlighted the interdependence of rights; they laid bare the systemic inequalities, among and between states as well as in the global economic architecture.” “We applaud your strong advocacy for the advancement of all rights, your calls for combating the inequalities and for vaccine equity,” Ambassador Hashmi said, noting her efforts to highlight the salience of advancing social, economic and cultural rights.