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 February 7th, 2020, at 23:59 PST. More information about position papers can be found on page 3 of the Background Guide.
More than 15 percent of our world’s population has a disability, yet these are the very people that are the most prone to neglect and abandonment within our society. During times of peace, these individuals are already the first to be denied access to food, education, and healthcare. During times of conflict, these conditions are only aggravated, resulting in countless human rights violations against disabled persons. Besides facing physical barriers to aid during conflict, these individuals often also face difficulties because of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, or age. It is the responsibility of the UNHRC to address the existing complexity of disability segregation and discrimination whilst taking into consideration every country’s unique cultural background. In a time of perpetual world conflict, countries need to come together to ensure that people with disabilities receive adequate protection when they are at their most vulnerable.
Every year, over 100 000 children under the age of eighteen enter a country outside their country of birth without a parent, guardian, or legal documentation. In fact, nearly one in three children living outside their country of birth is an unaccompanied migrant. Lacking both legal documentation or adult support, these children are forced to live without access to social and legal services. These children, sometimes as young as five years old, have become one of the most vulnerable and neglected groups in society today. While the roots of this issue are factors such as poverty and existing human rights abuses in their home countries, the exploitation, abuse, and neglect that these children face during their travels requires immediate attention from the UNHRC. Delegates must look towards all-encompassing solutions that address the human rights of these children before, during, and after the process of unaccompanied migration.
Vivian Liang | Director
As a junior year at York House School, Vivian is beyond delighted to be serving as director for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at VMUN 2020. Ever since her first conference back in grade 8, Vivian has been captivated by the avid debate, the countless friendships, and even the sleepless nights that Model UN brings. When not buried under the world of debate, MUN, and speech, Vivian can be found at the pool trying to tackle her nerves before a race, attempting not to drown in a water polo game, and taking on the role of ‘personal counsellor’ for her friends. Vivian looks forward to a weekend full of memories and cannot wait to see you at the conference.
Jasmine Lin | Chair
As a senior at Crofton House School, Jasmine is thrilled to be serving as the chair of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Having attended VMUN as a timid grade eight five years ago, Jasmine can recall stepping into the large committee room filled with over a hundred delegates. Being a fairly new delegate, she was grateful for the patient dias team that helped guide her along while creating a welcoming environment. Jasmine hopes to create the same environment for her delegates and in turn, ignite their passion for global affairs. Aside from MUN, Jasmine spends her time studying at multiple coffee shops around Vancouver and spending way too much money fueling her online shopping addiction. She looks forward to meeting all delegates at the next iteration of VMUN.
Luke Jouflas | Assistant Director
Luke Jouflas is a junior at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Washington, and is honored to be serving as your assistant director for VMUN 2020. Luke was on VMUN’s 2019 UNHRC as his eighth conference and absolutely loved the interesting and lively debate that it provided. Now, on what will be his sixteenth Model UN conference, he hopes he can provide the same opportunity to others. MUN has helped him grow in ways that he could not have imagined when he attended his first conference in 2017, and it has become an integral part of his life. However, when he isn’t in committee, he enjoys just about anything outdoors: you can find him skiing, rock climbing or hiking more often than not.
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.