UN chief wants rights leader to serve two more years


U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has asked the 193-member world body to extend the term of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay for a further two years, said his press office.

Pillay’s four-year term was due to end later this year. Ban gave no details on why he had asked Pillay – a former South African high court judge – to stay on.
“The Secretary-General trusts the General Assembly will approve this extension,” Ban’s office said in a statement, Reuters reports.

Pillay has most recently been vocal in calling for the international community to protect the rights of civilians in Syria, where a 14-month conflict has brought the country to the brink of civil war.