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 Council 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 Council 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 are mandatory and must be submitted by April 17, 2022, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
In 2019, there were an estimated 164 million migrant workers worldwide, including legal migrant workers with temporary status and limited rights, as well as illegal or undocumented workers. Although international migrant workers are essential to most world economies, they are often granted limited or no rights in the country they work in. Migrant workers frequently inhabit hostile living environments and are often subjected to discrimination and xenophobia. They are also routinely threatened with deportation if they do not cooperate with their employers, making human rights abuses in the workplace nearly inevitable. The principal debate of this committee must be focused on how to ensure basic human rights for migrant workers while understanding the political, social and economic consequences for both migrant-receiving and migrant-sending countries.
Whistleblowers play a key role in a civil and just society by revealing information that is in the public interest. Access to information is a fundamental human right and whistleblowers are crucial actors in the fight against corruption and in keeping both private and public organizations accountable. It is therefore essential that there is strong protection in place for whistleblowers to ensure that potential informants feel safe to report corruption, human rights abuses, and other wrongdoing. It is the duty of the UNHRC to further the discussion on ensuring the protection of whistleblowers worldwide while understanding the complex needs of organizations and governments wanting to maintain jurisdiction over their own policies and information, especially in regards to national security.
Stephanie Hai | Director
A Grade 12 student at West Point Grey Academy, Stephanie is elated to be serving as the Director of the UNHRC at VMUN 2022. Despite being initially afraid of big words, hand gestures, and podiums, the last five years of Model UN have proved to be incredibly rewarding. From Tokyo to Montreal, Stephanie has never failed to meet friends of extraordinary intelligence and kindness—for her, this is what makes MUN truly remarkable. Aside from MUN, Stephanie can be found trolling around with her friends, pretending to know how to parallel park, and planning her trip to Korea to meet BTS. Regardless of your experience, Model UN caters to you and what you want to walk away with—no big words or elaborate hand gestures needed. As this is her last year with VMUN, she hopes for the best iteration yet!
Angelina Yeung | Chair
A Grade 10 student at Crofton House School, Angelina is honoured to be serving as the Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council at VMUN 2022. After stumbling upon their school’s Model United Nations club three years ago, MUN has since fostered their interest in diplomacy and global affairs, while also giving them an opportunity beyond academic enrichment. Through the countless experiences, memories, and friends Angelina has made, MUN has become more than an academic activity, but a family and community. Outside the conference room, Angelina enjoys reading literary magazines, debating, and obsessing over certain authors and poets; more often, though, they can be found mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, consuming their third cup of milk tea in a day, or binging YouTube videos and podcasts. Angelina eagerly awaits a weekend of nuanced and multi-faceted debate and is incredibly excited to meet all delegates at VMUN 2022!
Owen Hu | Assistant Director
Owen is a Grade 11 student attending Burnaby North Secondary and is excited to serve as the Assistant Director of the UNHRC at VMUN 2022. Since attending his first Model UN conference, the exhilarating world of MUN has granted Owen the opportunity to broaden his worldview and make long-lasting friends with delegates and staff alike. With wishes for all delegates to step out of their comfort zone, Owen is beyond elated to contribute to this valuable opportunity for the leaders of the future. When not engaging in deep diplomatic discussion, Owen can be found co-authoring a monumental fantasy novel, scrambling to finish business cases at the last moment, or venturing into the rain and mist downtown with his friends. Owen avidly awaits a dynamic committee and has no doubt that VMUN will be unforgettable.
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.