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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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 Another guest is Zied Ra’aa al-Hussein, United Nations high commissioner for human rights (2014-present). Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Takei: Sunday guests," 23 June 2018 In April, high commissioners from all of the Caribbean Commonwealth nations rebuked the UK government over the scandal, the British home secretary resigned, and the Home Office assembled a Windrush task force. Kaila Philo, The New Republic, "The Caribbean Immigrants Who Transformed Britain," 22 June 2018 The 47-member council, based in Geneva and created in 2006, began its latest session on Monday with a broadside against President Donald Trump’s immigration policy by the UN’s high commissioner for human rights. Fortune, "Trump Is Said to Be Planning U.S. Withdrawal From UN's Human Rights Council," 19 June 2018

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1606, in the meaning defined above

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