Chair: Jennie Youn
Secretary: Jashawn Holmes
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.
1. Rights of Migrant Workers
Migrant workers are often times not legal residents of the country. Consequently, exploitation of migrant workers in the workplace is common, and their basic rights are neglected. Delegates should explore 1) the demographic of these migrant workers 2) how to better these workers for a better future 3) health care/ education 4) different policies/laws for migrant workers. This is an interesting topic that challenges multiple debates regarding the rights of a person in an unfavorable situation. KEEP IN MIND… while some migrant workers are illegal, there are many workers with a legal residency and therefore, this topic should not entirely focus on illegal immigrants… that’s not the purpose of the topic.
2. Free speech in different cultures and nations
Free Speech, while taken for granted, is not as common as we all like to believe. Different nations with different cultural values do not value free speech as we all tend to do. Delegates should discuss different policies regarding free speech, especially for countries that do limit it. One could definitely explore different instances in which free speech is quite ineffective or effective and come up with policies that could help nations that have limited free speech.
3. Abolishment of death penalty
An actual report by the UNHRC issued capital punishment, specifically in the United States, as a violation of human rights. Consequently, 38 countries called for the United States to either abolish capital punishment or look towards eliminating it. The results were significant, as the number of countries to disagree with capital punishment doubled from the first U.N. review in 2010. So, should death penalty be considered a violation of human rights since it often encompasses racial discrimination, wrongful convictions, and sometimes execution of those with intellectual disabilities?
While the UNHRC only reviewed capital punishment in regards to the United States, I would prefer the topic to branch out to all countries. Keep in mind of cultural values and the rate and extent of criminal activities in regards to your country. I feel like this topic will be extremely interesting, as it not only initiates a discussion of concrete evidence but also a debate on morality.