The Head Chair for the Human Rights Committee is Yumna
The Co-Chair is... and the Guest Chair is...
I’m Yumna, Head Chair of the Human Rights Committee. I hope you are all looking forward to debating this collection of pressing issues as a committee. ‘The Issue of the Rights of Indigenous People’ explores how indigenous communities have lived through a process of invisibility and systematic exclusion pretty much since the era of conquest. In the mid-twentieth century the international community started to acknowledge their situation and the first international treaty was adopted. It not only establishes a universal framework of standards for their survival, dignity and well-being, it elaborates on their fundamental freedoms for their circumstances. However, raging fires have been spreading throughout the Amazon, where indigenous people face violence and pressure for their resources.
‘The Issue of Gender and Religion-Based Violence, Torture and Persecution in Northern Africa and the Middle East’ looks into the state of the human rights in these countries. Across the region, authorities have used arbitrary detention, excessive force against protesters and more to restrict society. Dozens of female human rights defenders were targeted for advocating women’s rights or protesting against sexual harassment. Although some states have shown minor improvements, other member states are still arresting and prosecuting people for their sexual orientation, whether it be real or perceived. Ethnic and religious minorities are still facing prosecution in countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
Finally, ‘The Issue of the Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents’ focuses on the high growing number of unaccompanied young migrants who face dangers whilst entering international borders. Adolescent and children migrants are motivated by getting away from the countless violations of their human rights in their country of origin such as lack of protection from violence, poverty, insufficient access to education and health services and different forms of abuse and threat. As children and adolescents make up more than half of the refugee population. This group are much more vulnerable to a breach of their human rights, which is why this issue must be dealt with immediately.
I look forward to seeing you all at MUNHIGH20 to resolve the given issues. If any of you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me.
The Issue of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The Issue of the Rights of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Adolescents
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