Human rights council

The President of the HRC is Simi Khan

Welcome to the Human Rights council at MUNHIGH22! Over the course of this weekend we will be debating a number of grave yet engaging issues. Namely, Human rights concerns surrounding private militia, the unfortunate issue of statelessness and the subject of religious rights within minority groups and what can be done to protect them.

The last of these topics has seen widespread media coverage concerning Uygher Muslims in China. Though we will not be placing a special emphasis upon this instance of human rights violations, it is a useful example nonetheless. Since 2014, Uyghurs in Xinjiang have been affected by extensive controls and restrictions. For instance, the Chinese government expanded police surveillance to watch for signs of ‘religious extremism’ that include growing a beard, owning a prayer rug and quitting alcohol consumption. How can we, the Human Rights Council, safeguard against any further incursions of religious rights on a global scale?

Private Military and security companies (PMSCs) provide specialised expertise or services of a military or police nature. They are, in essence, a modern evolution of mercenary forces. Should they continue to exist? If so, how can we ensure that their presence does not infringe upon the rights of the vulnerable and prevent situations wherein we see, for instance in some parts of Africa.

The issue of Statelessness is an issue perhaps more obscure than the two former. The right to a nationality is a fundamental human right. It implies the right of each individual to acquire, change and retain a nationality. In addition to violations of their right to a nationality, stateless persons are often subject to many other human rights violations. They may have difficulty accessing basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. What preventative measures / aid can we implement to ease the plight of these peoples?

You, the Human Rights Council, have the capacity to implement changes which will benefit millions. I look forward to a weekend of “fruitful” debate and am excited to see what clauses will pass!

Simi Khan
President of Human Rights Council

Issues

  • The issue of regulating Private Militias

  • The issue of statelessness

  • The issue of protection of religious rights of minorities

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BRIEFING PAPERS

To be uploaded closer to the date of the conference

RESOLUTIONS

All resolutions must be submitted by Friday 4th February 2022 (11:59 pm)

Please email all resolutions to:

munhigh@mhsg.manchester.sch.uk

In the subject line, include your COMMITTEE, COUNTRY, and the ISSUE

it addresses. Please also bring a paper copy of your resolution for lobbying purposes.

Please ensure all resolutions are emailed to the above address by the deadline as we cannot accept resolutions brought in on USB flash drives on the day. Please also bring at least one paper copy of your resolution to the conference for lobbying purposes.

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