Latest Michelle Bachelet News

Chinese leader Xi defends record to UN human rights chief

May. 25, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping defended his country's record to the top U.N. human rights official on Wednesday, saying each nation should be allowed to find its own path. Xi, who heads the ruling Communist Party that allows no political opposition and strictly limits...

China claims sabotage as UN rights official visits Xinjiang

May. 24, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday said the U.S., Britain and other foreign powers are seeking to sabotage its foreign relations by orchestrating criticism surrounding a trip by the top United Nations official for human rights. China has long held back the fact-finding mission led by...

Xinjiang in focus as UN rights chief arrives for China visit

May. 23, 2022 07:18 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Allegations of human rights abuses in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region will dominate a visit by the United Nations’ top rights official that began Monday. Michelle Bachelet’s trip is the first to China by a U.N. high commissioner for human rights since...

Gangs strangle Haiti's capital as deaths, kidnappings soar

May. 22, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — It was about 6 a.m. when Venique Moïse flung open the door of her house and saw dozens of people running — their children in one hand and scant belongings in the other — as gunfire intensified. Minutes later, she joined the crowd with her own three...

UN rights chief to visit China next week, travel to Xinjiang

May. 20, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official will visit China next week on a trip that will take her to the Xinjiang region, where rights groups and some Western governments allege the Chinese government is committing genocide and serious abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim...

UN chief urges end to senseless and ruthless war in Ukraine

May. 05, 2022 22:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world to unite and end the war in Ukraine on Thursday, calling it senseless, ruthless and “limitless in its potential for global harm.” The top U.N. human rights official said even a one-day cease-fire would prevent dozens of...

Key players urge accountability for atrocities in Ukraine

Apr. 28, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the first time, key players seeking accountability for atrocities during the Ukraine war have come together at an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council to spur investigations into abuses that many Western countries blame on Russia. The session...

UN team in China ahead of rights chief visit to Xinjiang

Apr. 26, 2022 07:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations team has landed in China ahead of a long-delayed visit by the U.N. human rights chief to Xinjiang, where rights groups and some Western governments allege the Chinese government is committing genocide and serious abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. ...

Ukraine: Russians shift elite units to the new battleground

Apr. 22, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia shifted a dozen crack military units from the shattered port of Mariupol to eastern Ukraine and pounded away at cities across the region, Ukrainian authorities said Friday, as the two sides hurtled toward what could be an epic battle for control of the country’s...

Live updates | Mariupol officials: Second mass grave found

Apr. 22, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine — Another mass grave has been found outside Mariupol, the city council and an adviser to the mayor said Friday. The city council posted a satellite photo provided by Planet Labs showing what it said was a mass grave 45 meters (147.64 feet) by 25 meters (82.02 feet)...