GENEVA: The UN rights chief called Monday for “concerted action” to help recover from the worst global deterioration of rights she had seen, highlighting situations in China, Russia and Ethiopia among others. “To recover from the most wide-reaching and severe cascade of human rights setbacks in our lifetimes, we need a life-changing vision, and concerted action,” Michelle Bachelet told the opening of the UN Human Rights Council´s 47th session. “Extreme poverty, inequalities and injustice are rising. Democratic and civic space is being eroded,” she warned. The session, which lasts until July 13 and which is being held virtually due to continued Covid-19 restrictions, is due to feature an eagerly anticipated report about systemic racism, and draft resolutions focused on a range of concerning rights situations, including in Myanmar, Belarus and Ethiopia´s northern Tigray region. In her opening address, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said she was “deeply disturbed” by reports of “serious violations” in Tigray, wracked by war and with some 350,000 people threatened by famine. She pointed to “extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, sexual violence against children as well as adults, and forced displacement”, and said she had “credible reports” that Eritrean soldiers were still operating in the region. Other parts of Ethiopia, which was holding elections Monday, were also seeing “alarming incidents of deadly ethnic and inter-communal violence and displacement… linked to increasing polarisation about long-standing grievances,” Bachelet said. “The ongoing deployment of military forces is not a durable solution,” she said, calling for national dialogue.