The former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died aged 93, confirmed Rafael Ramirez, the current president of the UN Security Council. Boutros-Ghali was the first African in this position, serving from 1992 to 1996. During his term many international crises emerged, such as the genocide in Rwanda, the Angolan civil war and the breaking apart of Yugoslavia. The Permanent Security Council Member the United States blocked a second term of Boutros-Ghali. After leaving the UN, Mr Boutros-Ghali served from 1998 to 2002 as secretary general of La Francophonie – a grouping of French-speaking nations. In 2004, he was named the president of Egypt’s new Human Rights Council, a body created by then-Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak amid US pressure on Arab nations for democratic reform.
by Antonia Rechberg