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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In a sign of increasing international repudiation of Maduro, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, issued a scathing report Thursday accusing Venezuela's security forces of nearly 5,300 killings last year. Scott Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Venezuela’s Maduro flexes military power in parade to celebrate country’s independence," 5 July 2019 That the report was issued by Michelle Bachelet, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, should have special meaning. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "In a United Nations Report, a Socialist Details Venezuela’s Horrors," 17 July 2019 Tatiana Moskalkova, the Russian Federation's high commissioner for human rights, sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017 asking for a pardon for Yaroshenko. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Russia seeks prisoner exchange, but stops short of swap for Paul Whelan," 22 Jan. 2019 One of the sheikh’s three wives (not Latifa's mother) invited the former Irish president and U.N. high commissioner for human rights to have lunch with the missing princess in Dubai under the watchful eye of other family members. Ann Mcelhinney And Phelim Mcaleer, WSJ, "Mrs. Robinson and the Missing Princess," 9 Jan. 2019 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

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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