high commissioner


Definition of high commissioner

: a principal or a high-ranking commissioner especially : an ambassadorial representative of the government of one country stationed in another

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Sierra Leone’s deputy high commissioner was taken at gunpoint on the highway in 2016 and held for five days before he was let go. Sam Olukoya, The Seattle Times, "2 Americans, 2 Canadians abducted in Nigeria are freed," 20 Jan. 2018 Secretary-general spokesman Farhan Haq said that Guterres has informed the General Assembly of the nomination for high commissioner of human rights. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Michelle Bachelet, socialist ex-president of Chile, is tapped for UN human rights post," 8 Aug. 2018 The piece tracks Robinson’s life from a 25-year-old woman in Ireland’s Senate to the presidency to her stint as the U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Steff Yotka, Vogue, ""I Want People to Feel Connected"—Simone Rocha Constructs a Beautiful, Universal World," 20 Oct. 2018 Flick was released from prison in 1950, after the U.S. high commissioner for Germany granted controversial pardons to German industrialists. Bloomberg, Time, "The Nazi Shadow Behind the World's Youngest Billionaires," 7 May 2018 In the months that followed, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights announced that Burundian security forces were gang-raping women and that his office had identified mass graves. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Burundi is deciding if its president will stay in power until 2034," 17 May 2018 That is a sign that checks and balances have been chiseled away, leaving state authorities unaccountable, said Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner. Fox News, "UN: Basic human rights being 'chiseled away' in Venezuela," 22 June 2018 In 1956, he was named high commissioner to Australia, where his father had been born and where his family had extensive interests. Robert D. Mcfadden, BostonGlobe.com, "Lord Carrington, former UK foreign secretary, dies at 99," 11 July 2018 In 1956 he was named high commissioner to Australia, where his father had been born and where his family had extensive interests. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Lord Carrington, 99, Former British Foreign Secretary, Dies," 10 July 2018

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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