Speaking today, Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne said:
“I welcome the United Nations General Assembly’s decision today to extend Navanethem Pillay’s appointment as High Commissioner for Human Rights for two years.
“The UK strongly supports the role of the High Commissioner and her Office, who lead efforts to promote and protect human rights throughout the world. The struggle for human rights is continuous. The High Commissioner’s role is critical and entails enormous responsibilities: helping prevent human rights violations wherever they occur, encouraging respect for human rights by all States, and strengthening the ability of the UN system as a whole to act.
“My government will continue to robustly defend the High Commissioner’s independence and ability to speak out against such violations. I congratulate Ms Pillay on her re-appointment and extend to her the UK’s full support.”