GENEVA — Barely a Months after the office was taken over the United Nations’ new human rights chief, Volker Türk was in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region last week meeting victims of a Conflict that has resulted in millions of displacement

One day later, in the Khartoum was capital. the Generals who held on to power to With power the Support of troops using deadly force against protestors He Telled the Sudanese generals are needed to Transition to Rule of the civilians “make sure that the human rights for all people of Sudan are the driving force behind this political process.”

In the past, U.N. high-commissioners for human rights took several months to arrive. the Geneva lakeside headquarters the U.N. Human Rights Office to Get to know them. the The complexities of the Before leaving for country visits, he worked as a translator. But Mr. Türk started arranging his Sudan visit before officially starting the is currently working as a driver and plans to take a few more trips. the End of the year. A mission to According to reports, Ukraine is on his agenda.

His speed embracing the Points of interest to the Practical advantages that he offers to the Post as a U.N. insiders familiar with the organization’s byzantine bureaucracy. Mr. Türk, 57, brings 30 years experience of working for the United Nations, first in its refugee agency — for which he visited Darfur 11 years ago — and then for the During the past three years, I have worked for the secretary general, António Guterres, in New York a policy advisor, with a focus on human rights.

Mr. Türk’s past as an insider, however, has contributed to the International rights organizations were not supportive of his appointment. United Nations chiefs are in the Past heads of government, prominent jurists and diplomatic heavyweights. the Famously difficult post for human rights, since the Job requires you to court world leaders and sometimes, to admonish them for human rights violations.

Mr. Türk, critics said, was unsuited by experience and temperament for such a delicate role. His appointment was by a Fears that the U.N. secretary-general is weak on human rights fuel fears that Mr. Guterres has picked a quiet diplomat more likely to share his boss’s preference for back-room diplomacy than deploying the Powerful weapon for public pressure

But Mr. Türk’s steady stream of statements and comments in his first month on the Some doubters have found hope in their job. He condemned Ethiopian airstrikes against civilian targets in Tigray on his second day in office “completely unacceptable.” After Elon Musk took over Twitter, Mr. Türk issued an open letter reminding the Technology billionaire the platform’s responsibility “to avoid amplifying content that results in harms to people’s rights.”

Also, the COP27 climate conference opened in Egypt, Mr. Türk drew the government’s ire for urging it to Release Alaa Abdul Fattah a Political prisoner, who was recently on a Hunger strike and other “unfairly convicted” detainees.

Bigger challenges loom.

A major test of Mr. Türk’s effectiveness will be what he does to Keep following up the Michelle Bachelet, his predecessor, reported minutes before he stepped down, that China may have committed crimes against humanity by repressing Uyghurs and other Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang.

China dismissed the Report as a A politicized concoction West lies that the The United Nations should not publish. Chinese diplomats at Geneva sought to Discredit the Report that you are not receiving support the high commissioner’s office.

Beijing may find Mr. Türk’s reaction disappointing. He He says that he is considering the Document carefully researched and important.

“It’s my office’s report, and I’m invested in it,” In an interview, he stated these words. “There are strong recommendations, and my focus will be on finding ways and means to engage with the Chinese authorities on implementing those recommendations.”

More generally, Mr. Türk told journalists this month, “I will speak out when we feel that our voice can make a difference or when it is needed to amplify especially the voices of victims or to sound the alarm.”

Mr. Türk’s activism comes as no surprise to An old colleague who was familiar with his career. the U.N. refugee agency. He rose to the top after field assignments in South East Asia, Kosovo, and Congo. to Protect yourself by being the leader a Some refer to this as the role of human rights in action.

“He’s a roll-up-your-sleeves, get-your-hands-dirty kind of guy, not an office dweller,” said Kirsten Young, a U.N. colleague and close friend who worked alongside Mr. Türk in Kosovo and other areas. “A lot of the work he has been involved in was lifesaving.”

For those who know him well, Ms. Young said, Mr. Türk’s appointment as the U.N. Human Rights Chief was a natural culmination of his life’s work.

“Destiny fulfilled,” It was called by her.

Mr. Türk sees his new job as the natural progression after a A lifelong commitment to human rights.

“It started very early,” He said that he produced evidence to support his claims. a Copy of faded and dismembered the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights He was awarded as a A teenager at school who still keeps his wallet.

“I was marked by the history of my country,” He said it, alluding to to the Nazis’ annexation of what is now Austria and the country’s links to the Holocaust. “I’m still part of that generation that thought: How could it happen, that’s unbelievable, what can I do to search for a better world?”

In the end, a law degree was obtained. the 1970s, when he said he was impressed the Growing feminist and antiapartheid movements He You were then rewarded a Doctorate in International Refugee Law, Paving the Way to his hiring the U.N. refugee agency.

“I was fascinated by the fact that the U.N. can go into a situation and directly do something for people,” He stated.

It was also hard work for refugee protection. Mr. Türk recalled how, in Kuwait after the He was the first to go into the gulf war. He spent many hours interviewing Palestinian and Iraqi prisoners of war and learning about their traumatizing experiences with torture, sexual abuse, imprisonment and other forms of torture.

“You deal with it,” He stated, “but it marked me a lot.”

As high commissioner, his ambitions include building a U.N. presence for human rights much stronger the Ground and raising more money for an office that is severely underfunded. the It faces many challenges.

The “biggest challenge” Mr. Türk foresees is to Rekindle a Global consensus recognizes human rights as central and universally important. to Tackling the The most cutting-edge issues the day, the Climate change and war in Ukraine He Pushes back at the “misconception” That the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Since World War II, the cornerstone of international protections for human rights is a Cocktail of Western Values

Human He says rights “cannot be the collateral damage of geopolitics and division.”