The Human Rights Council (HRC) is an intergovernmental body within the United Nations that is responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. The council discusses human rights issues, addresses violations of those rights, and proposes measures to counteract them to UN member states and the General Assembly. The council was created in 2006 and consists of 47 United Nations Member States from all over the world which are elected by the UN General Assembly for three years.
Topic 1: Addressing the rights of regional minorities in conflicts in MENA
Armed conflicts inevitably challenge well established human rights as laid out in numerous international instruments such as the UN General Assembly’s Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. Recent and ongoing conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa have presented a particular challenge to the rights of regional minorities who can be especially vulnerable to rights violations in times of armed conflict.
The Human Rights Council at MUNmö will examine exemplary human rights violations against regional minorities in armed conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa, and make specific recommendations to address these violations with a view to strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights in these two regions and around the globe.
Topic 2: Internally Displaced People in MENA
Millions of people are forced to flee their homes or places of habitual residence each year, including in the context of conflicts, violence, development projects, disasters and climate change, and remain displaced within their countries of residence. Millions more live in situations of protracted displacement or face chronic displacement risk.
As of the end of 2017 the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre calculated that 39.5 million people were living in internal displacement. Disasters, development, ongoing armed conflict and violence have resulted in over 10 million internally displaced persons in the Middle East and North Africa alone. Internal displacement presented a particular challenge to the rights of those persons and thus the Human Rights Council at MUNmö will be discussing how this problem can be mitigated in the future, by developing and recommending a set of measures to implement in member states and the UN in large.
Available Countries*: We will distribute countries according to their relevance to the topic. You can choose from any of the current member states in the UN Humen Rights Council at this stage. Find the current list HERE.
Committee Head Chair
Hi there! My name is Hamit and I’m so happy to be one of the chairs in the HRC. I’m 22 years old and studying Political Science and International Relations at Marmara University in Istanbul the city that I’d lived in more than 15 years. Before that, I was part of a program that would normally last 8 years at Police College and Police Academy. I left after 5 years and decided to study Political Science. When I was in my second year I decided to learn a new language and explore some new cities and countries before I graduate. I’ve been in Sweden now for more than a year and also learned the language. I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the conference. I’m sure there are lots of things that I’ll learn from my dear chair and delegates. See you in November.
Hello! My name is Ty Nicholas and I am honoured to be a Chair in the Human Rights Council for the 2018 MUNmö Conference. I am currently in my second year of a Master of Laws in International Human Rights Law at Lund University/Raoul Wallenberg Institute. Prior to moving to Sweden, I served as an officer in the Australian Defence Force and experienced first-hand the best and the worst humanity has to offer in terms of how the vulnerable can be exploited and dehumanised during times of conflict; the culmination of which drove me to a career in the law focusing on human rights issues. During my military career I deployed to numerous conflict environments, including a secondment to the United Nations as a peacekeeper with the UN Mission in the South Sudan. My intent as Chair will be to combine my practical ‘on the ground’ background and human rights knowledge to maximise your delegate experience! I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New South Wales, Australia, a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, a Master of Business Administration (International Business) from the University of Canberra, Australia and am a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell. I look forward to meeting you all in November!