Austria's Turk proposed to be next UN human rights chief

This file photograph taken on March 21, 2019, shows assistant High Commissioner for Protection UNHCR, Volker Turk, speaking during a press conference in Dhaka on March 21, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will propose Austria's Volker Turk to be the next High Commissioner for Human Rights, a UN document showed.

Turk, who now works in Guterres's office as Under Secretary-General for Policy, will succeed Chile's Michelle Bachelet, whose term ended on August 31.

The appointment still needs to be approved by the UN General Assembly in New York.