Pillay was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and confirmed [JURIST reports] by the UN General Assembly for the position in July. In March, preceding Commissioner Louise Arbour said she would not seek a second term [press release; JURIST report] when her commission ended on June 30. Arbour was appointed [JURIST report] to her position in 2004 after five years as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She succeeded Sergio Vieira de Mello [BBC obituary], who was killed in a 2003 suicide bomb attack on UN offices in Baghdad. Arbour served as chief war crimes prosecutor for the UN in the late 1990s.
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