[IOL] Durban-born Navanethem Pillay has been notified of her nomination as the new UN Human Rights Commissioner, despite American reservations.
Arbour put pressure on the US State Department and the White House to close down Guantanamo Bay prison camp. But when she did not get results, Arbour spoke out against the UN’s most powerful member. She also implicitly criticised Israel’s conduct in its 2007 war against Lebanon.
Pillay, on the other hand, is seen to favour a quieter approach to put pressure on governments to end human rights violations.