Human Rights Council

Delegates,

In our world stories of great people come and go every day. However, one story that will remain as an emblem from peace is the story of Mahatma Gandhi, who stood against the British Army who was not granting them their basic rights, such as the right to peaceful assembly. However, Gandhi, the leader of the Indian nationalist movement instigated protests that were successful due to large crowds and their peaceful assembly. In all three topics innocent people are not granted their rights, and you, as the committee will instigate thoughtful solutions through peaceful yet efficient debates “There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.” — Gandhi.

Be truthful, be peaceful and be intelligent with your voices.

Best,

Laith Akasheh

President of the Human Rights Council

Laith Akasheh
President of the Human Rights Council

Email: laithakasheh18@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 8955 5667

Topic 1: Ensuring that women in Latin America are granted access to safe and legal abortions.

As of early 2016, abortion is considered to be a human right; however countries like Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela still consider it to be illegal making Latin America the most unsafe and clandestine area with 95% of the operations being unsanitary. Granting Latin American women their right to an abortion is necessary in order to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Topic 2: Granting press their right to free speech in the Middle East.

The basis of the Human Rights Council is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one of the most important articles in the declaration is Article 19, stressing on freedom of expression and the freedom of speech. This grants press the right to publish and express their opinions. Unfortunately in the World Press Freedom Index Arab countries are among the lowest ranked countries making the press’ occupation very difficult and risky to do. The councils goal is to grant press their freedom of speech.

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Topic 3: Eliminating rape as a weapon of war in Syria and Iraq.

Many question if Rape is really a matter for the United Nations. However, on the 19th of June 2008, the United Nations unanimously agreed that rape is a tactic of war, and therefore is a threat to international security. As the Human Rights Council, we are determined to stop the use of rape in war since Women should not be collateral damage to war. Yet, women and girls are particularly targeted to humiliate, dominate, instill fear in and forcibly relocate members of a community or ethnic group. 8 years later we see rape as a weapon of war used on the Kurdish, Yazidi, Iraqi and Syrian Women in the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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