Note: This is a High School Committee
Tasked with the global promotion and protection of human rights, the Human Rights Council is the UN committee responsible for addressing situations where such rights are violated and work out solutions on how to end them. It holds the competence to discuss all thematic human rights issues and breaches around the world.
Topic A: Freedom of Speech
Guaranteeing Freedom of Speech grows more and more complex as today’s modern technologies and platforms offer numerous possibilities to state an opinion. What can the international community do in order to protect individuals in all countries from punishment and power abuse received for stating opinions publicly or online? Delegates are expected to consider multiple aspects of today’s technologies while working out solutions.
Topic B: LGBTQ Rights
Non discrimination is a core human rights principle embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and core human rights treaties. However, in all regions, people experience violence and discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In many cases, even the perception of homosexuality or transgender identity puts people at risk. Currently, same-sex relationships are illegal in over 70 states and punishable by death in seven states worldwide.
Livija is a final-year International Relations undergraduate student in Ljubljana and a member of MUN Slovenia Club. Having discovered the wondrous world of MUNs just a little under two years ago, this will be her third time chairing the often overlooked, but essential Human Rights Council. Besides trying to find more time for her recently discovered passion, climbing, she enjoys studying languages, travelling and buying way more books than she will ever read in her lifetime. Livija is currently a trainee at the European Parliament Information Office in Slovenia and aspires to work in the field of human rights and migration.
Corentin joined the ETH MUN team somehow by chance as soon as he started his BSc in mechanical engineering in the spring semester 2015. However he becomes more and more enthusiastic for Model United Nations and has developed ever since a growing interest for diplomacy and international politics. Corentin attended last year ZuMUN as a delegate and was part of the ETH delegation to OxiMUN. This year at ZuMUN he is looking for a new challenge as a chair of the HRC. In his free time Corentin enjoys meeting up with friends and doing all kind of sports, and in particular fencing or skiing.