Pillay nomination official, despite US opposition

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday named South African judge Navanethem Pillay as the world body’s new human rights chief, succeeding outspoken Canadian Louise Arbour, a U.N. spokeswoman said.

Pillay is currently a judge at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. U.N. diplomats and officials had said the United States had opposed to her appointment due to her positions on abortion and other issues but had ultimately decided not to block her.

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