The Austrian lawyer Volker Türk becomes the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The United Nations General Assembly confirmed Türk on Thursday in New York (local time) as the successor to Chilean Michelle Bachelet. The Austrian becomes the ninth human rights commissioner. Bachelet had decided not to run for a second term. Volker Türk is considered a confidant of UN Secretary General António Guterres. Most recently, the international law expert was Under-Secretary-General for Politics in the UN Secretariat. Before that, he held other positions at the UN, including several positions at the refugee agency UNHCR, from 2015 to 2019 as Deputy High Commissioner and responsible for refugee protection.