United Nations Human Rights Council
The United Nations Human Rights Council concerns itself with human rights issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and rights to sanitation, housing, and security. Some of the UNHRC’s current inquiries are with regards to violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Syria. The Committee can discuss both country-specific human rights abuses and consider policy implementation to better the situations of affected populations. Members hold their seat on the Committee for three years, after which an elected country from their regional group replaces them.
This committee is designed for both beginners and experienced delegates alike. Position papers, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 11:59 pm. More information about position papers will be found on page 3 of each Background Guide.
In 2013, Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing efforts brought to light the ethics of mass surveillance. Developments in technology have broadened the ability for governments to more closely monitor civilian activity; this development, in conjunction with the rise of terrorism, has pressured governments to engage in mass surveillance. The balance between security and privacy lies at the core of this debate and prompts delegates to consider the cost of security in the 21st Century.
The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights calls for equal rights in spite of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, or economic background; around the world, however, prisoners are neglected the rights outlined in this document. The treatment of prisoners is a complex issue rooted in resource allocation and overcrowding. Many prisoners face abuse, malnourishment, inadequate representation, and minimal access to healthcare. Delegates must search for comprehensive solutions that address these concerns while asking the question: what liberties can realistically be afforded to prisoners?
Michael Lau | Director
Michael is a Grade 12 student. Since his introduction to the fascinating world of MUN in grade 9, Michael has allowed himself to become fully immersed in it, attending nearly every conference at his disposal as both staff and delegate. Despite his keen interest in foreign affairs, Michael’s real passion lies in the elegant combination of fierce debate and resigned diplomacy that is found during committee sessions. Outside of Model UN, Michael plays sports and enjoys acting. Ecstatic about serving as Director of the United Nations Human Rights Council at VMUN 2017, Michael is eager to meet every delegate and sit back painfully as he refrains from joining the debate.
Sanya Grover | Chair
Sanya is a grade 11 student at Southridge School and is ecstatic to serve as the chair for United Nations Human Rights Council. Introduced to Model UN in grade 9, she was instantly drawn into the exhilarating debate and the enriching world of diplomacy. She has been avidly involved in it since then and hopes to inspire delegates to perform their best. Aside from her devotion to MUN, Sanya plays field hockey and continually strives to help the community by volunteering with numerous non-profit organizations and leading school and local service events. In her spare time, she can be found reading, hanging out with friends or binge watching Netflix. Sanya looks forward to meeting all the delegates and creating an unforgettable experience at VMUN 2017!
Jaden Dewan | Assistant Director
Jaden is currently a student at St. George’s school and is thrilled to serve as Assistant Director for UNHRC. He quickly gained a passion for the world of MUN after his first conference in Grade 8. As an enthusiastic and passionate delegate Jaden is looking forward to transferring his skills into staffing. When he isn’t engaging in MUN, Jaden enjoys playing badminton, volunteering, and hanging out with friends. When he isn’t busy with school he can be found watching Suits. Jaden looks forward to meeting all the delegates and hopes to create a memorable experience! Good luck at VMUN 2017!
You can contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures will be answered by email. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.