The Portuguese Government congratulates the nomination of the former President of the Republic of Chile for the position of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Michelle Bachelet has a notable history of intervening in defense of human rights both in her native Chile and internationally, an undeniable asset for her new role.

The Portuguese Government takes this opportunity to reiterate its solid commitment to a strong and effective multilateral system of human rights protection, and will support Michelle Bachelet as High Commissioner for Human Rights, a fundamental role within the United Nations human rights system.

The Portuguese Government also congratulates current High Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein, and thanks him for the determination shown in the promotion of human rights throughout his mandate.

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