Jordanian envoy first Muslim to be elected UN human rights chief
The nomination of Prince Zeid al Hussein of Jordan of as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights was unanimously approved by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He succeeds outgoing Navi Pillay of South Africa. He is the first High Commissioner from the Asian continent and from the Muslim and Arab worlds.
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, headquartered in Geneva, has the authority to promote and protect the enjoyment and full realization, by all people, of all rights founded in the UN Charter and in international human rights laws and pacts. It is mandated to preventing violations of human rights, assuring respect for all human rights, encourage international cooperation to safeguard human rights, synchronizing related activities throughout the UN, and bolstering and streamlining the UN system in the sphere of human rights. Besides its mandated responsibilities, the Office leads efforts to incorporate a human rights approach within all work conducted by UN bodies.