United Nations: The UN General Assembly has unanimously gave UN human rights chief Navi Pillay a new two-year term over Syria's complaints about her "hostile" attitude.
The 193-nation assembly gave the new term yesterday by acclamation without a vote, 10 days after UN leader Ban Ki-moon said he wanted to keep Pillay in her high-profile post.
Pillay, a former senior judge in South Africa, has become a key member of the Ban team, particularly over the past two years as the international community has sought to keep up pressure on the Arab Spring nations such as Syria.
Pillay got the new vote of confidence as an independent committee of inquiry mandated by the UN Human Rights Council released a new report on abuses by Syrian government forces.
Syria did not oppose the new term. But one of its diplomats told the UN meeting that the human rights commissioner "has taken hostile positions regarding Syria, basing herself on totally fabricated information and suspect sources, all directed against Syria."
Pillay has exceeded her mandate and become a "general prosecutor condemning Syria," mission third secretary Monia Alsaleh said, calling on the commissioner to "review her anti-Syria position."
Pillay's current four-year term ends in August. Ban announced earlier this month that he had persuaded the South African official to stay on for another two years.
Ban said he was "pleased that he was able to prevail on Ms Pillay" to stay on, without saying whether Pillay had wanted to leave.
Pillay's work has been widely praised internationally and there was immediate welcome for the General Assembly decision.
"The high commissioner's role is critical and entails enormous responsibilities," said Britain's Human Rights Minister Jeremy Browne, who highlighted Pillay's role "strengthening the ability of the UN system as a whole to act."


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