Sep 16/97: Human rights chief at UN pledges reform


Victoria Times-Colonist
Tuesday, September 16, 1997

Geneva - The world's new top human rights official, former Irish president Mary Robinson, pledged Monday to be the voice of victims of abuse around the world and to raise the profile of human rights. Speaking to reporters in Geneva on her first day in office, Robinson vowed to make human rights a cornerstone of the work of the United Nations.

"I will be a voice for those who are victims of injustice, cruelty and issues of human rights around the world," said Robinson, 53, a lawyer and human rights legal expert. She said her priority would be to establish effective leadership and to "fulfill the intention of the reform package of the secretary general that human rights will be very central to the work of the United Nations."

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