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 January 22nd, 2021, 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.
Nick Liu | Director
Currently a senior at Fraser Heights Secondary, Nick Liu is ecstatic to serve as your Director of the UNHRC for VMUN 2021. Ever since walking into his first conference having done up both buttons on his oversized blazer, he has fallen in love with the impactful debate and heated discourse that only MUN can offer. After years delegating and staffing, Nick wishes to give each delegate the chance to go through the eye opening experience he had at his first conference. Outside of MUN, Nick can often be trying to figure out the imposter in Among Us, searching for good Spotify playlists, and trying new food. Nick is thrilled to meet all of the delegates and hopes VMUN will be an amazing weekend to remember.
Rafeeq Kassam-Jiwani | Chair
Currently in his grade 11 year at WPGA, Rafeeq is thrilled to be the Chair of the UNHRC! His MUN journey started way back in grade 7, where he attended his very first conference. Since then he has been to MUN’s across the world, and VMUN 2021 will be his 8th MUN conference. When Rafeeq is not engrossed in MUN, he can’t actually be found, as he is sleeping. However, when he can be found, he is travelling the world, spending time with his friends, or watching Modern Family. Rafeeq can’t wait to hear your nuanced, intelligent discussions and thought provoking, inspiring speeches (no pressure, delegates). He encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and really get into the heart of this committee. He can’t wait to meet you all and wishes you the very best in your preparations!
Katrina Sun | Assistant Director
Currently in her junior year at West Point Grey Academy, Katrina is overjoyed to be serving as the Assistant Director of the United Nations Human Rights Council at VMUN 2021. Since attending her first conference in 2016, Katrina has been continually amazed and inspired by the stimulating debate of Model United Nations. Discovering both lifelong friends and new outlooks on international affairs, she hopes to motivate every delegate to step out of their comfort zones and be outspoken while discussing each fascinating topic. In her spare time, you can find Katrina visiting beaches around Vancouver, discovering new restaurants, or counselling her friends. She hopes to provide an enjoyable learning experience to all delegates and is looking forward to seeing everyone in January.
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.