Friday, August 19, 2022

Human Rights Commissioner criticizes US asylum policy


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has criticized the United States asylum policy.

The UN official said the United States may have violated international human rights law and expressed reservations about the administration’s policy of keeping President Donald Trump to force asylum seekers to wait. The Mexican side of the border pending their decision before the US judiciary.

Bachelet said that the procedures and the asylum policy applied by some countries, including the United States, put asylum seekers at risk, stressing that the arbitrary separation of families is an unjust and unlawful interference and a serious violation of children’s rights.

The UN official pointed out that the detention of children belonging to the families of asylum seekers for more than 21 days, is illegal, where she hears about some cases in which these families have to wait for two years before the dismissal of the judiciary in its asylum seekers to the United States.

Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions in 2018 as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner.

Bachelet was elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018). She was the first female president of Chile. She served as Health Minister (2000-2002) as well as Chile’s and Latin America’s first female Defense Minister (2002 – 2004).

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