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 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, although strongly recommended, are not required. However, delegates who wish to be considered for an award must submit their position papers by Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.

Topic A: LGBT Rights Around the World (Click to show summary)

Topic B: Human Rights in Prisons (Click to show summary)

Inaya Ali | Director

Inaya is a grade 12 IB student at Port Moody Secondary School and is enthused to serve as Director of the United Nations Human Rights Council. After being immersed in the Model UN world during her shocking introduction to it in grade 9, she was drawn to the exhilarating world of debate and diplomacy. Despite her keen interest in foreign affairs and global conflict, her main passion and favorite aspect of MUN is the debate. In her spare time, Inaya enjoys a variety of sports, but most importantly, basketball, going on adventures, and doing volunteer work. Inaya is incredibly excited to staff this committee and looks forward to meeting all of her delegates.

Jonathan Chan | Chair

Jonathan is currently a senior at Richmond Christian School and this year will be his fourth and final year participating in Model United Nations. After attending his first conference in Grade 9, Model UN has become a crucial contributor to his interest in international relations and global issues. He is passionate about getting to know his delegates and aiding them in the pursuit of their ambitious goals. He hopes they can trust him with all their fantastic endeavours and to journey alongside them in the exciting adventure that VMUN is. Outside of academic studies and MUN, Jonathan enjoys going on long hikes, leisurely running, and serving on his school’s Grad Legacy Team. Jonathan is ecstatic to be chairing the United Nations Human Rights Council and looks forward to passing on his passion for public speaking to his delegates.

Lincoln Lee | Assistant Director

Lincoln is a grade 10 student at Port Moody Secondary School and is honoured to serve as Assistant Director of the UNHRC at VMUN this year. Having a passion for political discussion, debate and public speaking, Lincoln fit right into Model United Nations in grade 9. Thanks to Model United Nations, he has not only been able to develop valuable skills such as public speaking, leadership and negotiation, but has also met those that would later become his closest friends. In his spare time, Lincoln enjoys watching political YouTube videos, playing the guitar, and practicing card tricks. Lincoln wishes that all delegates find MUN as beneficial as he has, and welcomes everyone to VMUN 2019.

You can contact the Director at unhrc@vmun.com with any questions regarding the committee or its debate procedures. Position papers must also be submitted to this address.