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U.N. rights chief wary of nationalism interfering with global cooperation

A warning that sovereignty and national borders are being invoked to prevent human rights issues from being addressed.

Michelle Bachelet, now the U.N.'s human rights chief
Michelle Bachelet, now the U.N.'s human rights chief, pictured firming up her political support in 2013 to become Chile's first president to win reelection in more than 80 years (AN/M. Bachelet Collection)

GENEVA (AN) — The United Nations' top human rights official cautioned against the dangers of rising nationalism, saying she fears people are "moving further away from global solutions to global problems."

Michelle Bachelet, who has headed the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, or OHCHR, since September 2018, said on Wednesday that after a year in the job she sees "two clear trends that are taking us in opposite directions" — more interconnectedness versus increased nationalism.

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