South African lawyer is next UN high commissioner for human rights

South African judge Navanethem Pillay was nominated Thursday to serve as the next United Nations high commissioner for human rights, a high-profile post for pressing nations to improve how they adhere to international rights accords. She was formally put forward for the job on Thursday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who cited Pillay's "outstanding credentials in human rights and justice." Her selection now goes to the General Assembly, where she is likely to be approved at a plenary meeting next Monday, UN officials and diplomats said. The world body previously elected Pillay as a judge to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1995. She became that court's president in 1999.