Michelle Bachelet has been sworn in as president of Chile. She promised to tackle inequality by providing free education at state-run institutions and raising taxes on the wealthy.
Persecuted under Pinochet, educated in East Germany, and the first female president of Chile — Bachelet has led a remarkable path to the UN. Her mandate as the body's Human Rights Commissioner began Saturday.
The two-term Chilean president will replace Jordan's Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, a sharp critic of Donald Trump's policies. This is not the first time Bachelet, a torture survivor, is taking a role at the world body.
The two-term Chilean ex-leader and torture survivor will face a host of challenges in her new role. Bachelet's moves will also be closely watched by Israel and the US, who repeatedly criticized her predecessor.
Chile's most famous folk singer, Victor Jara, was shot 44 times and his hands broken by rifle butts just days after a military coup. Some 45 years later, those responsible for his death have been convicted.
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