Human Rights Council

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Siegen-Geisweid/ 17th Novembre - Having already set most of their ideas together the two working groups started right off finalizing their working-papers. Interesting enough both working groups were sharing the same focus of solutions they wanted to take on with only slight differences.

At their core both resolutions are concerned with the victims of child and forced marriages. Both groups are willing to help them directly and indirectly over already existing associations and movements. A major issue in both drafts was to raise awareness through education and promoting the subject over politicians or religious and other leaders. For helping or protecting the victims both are aware of the psychological needs and are ready to help them not only through organisations but through shelters and professionals in this field of medical and psychological treatment.

One of the differences, a point that prevents a cooperation, is the concept of a jobcenter. Having discussed it eagerly, there still is a disagreement when it comes to that point and the exchange programme. The group consisting of the delegates of Ethiopia, Croatia and the United Arab Emirates elaborates, stating that a jobcentre for women would protect them and assist in becoming independent of marriage. The working-group of Saudi Arabia, Rwanda and Switzerland does not second the proposal due to positive discrimination.

During formal session, speeches showed that an basic consensus has already been achieved. Every member state recognizes the problem, yet their definition is different. Saudi Arabia states that they rather want to specify and define guidelines rather than complicating the whole topic.

The two resolutions got accepted, the first even by acclamation. Only friendly amendments have been submitted, which shows the unity the committee achieved towards the end.

At the end of the SiegMUN 2018, there is only the Closing Ceremony left. The United Nations Human Right Committee has settled...All there is left is to dance.

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Siegen-Geisweid/ 16th of Novembre - Opening the session on time at 9am the human rights council came together for their second session.

With 37 present members states delegates are focusing on the topic of eradicating forced and child marriage. These member states are currently working in three working groups on the topic at hand.

The first group consisting of the sponsors: China, Ethiopia, Côte D’Ivoire sets the focus on the economy, to arrange regional co-operations to change the cultural background for the better and introduce policies and legislation.

Engaged on the second working paper are: Rwanda, Japan, Switzerland, Pakistan, Nigeria, Australia, Saudi-Arabia, Democratic Republic of Kongo who want to provide benefits for parents who send their kids to school, install awareness programmes in cooperation with religious leaders and school exchange to foreign countries, as well as raising awareness through media campaigns.

Democratic Republic of Kongo, Angola, Kuba, Iceland, Kirgisistan, Egypt, South Africa are forming the third and last group and take a similar approach to the topic. Their goals are to increase the educational system, improving the legislative basis from federal to local level, to reach a free compulsory school education until the age of 14 and maybe to form an additional funding system supported by developed states.

After lunch the three working groups merged into two groups with different working papers. A voting block of east asian countries focuses on raising funds from developing countries in order to sponsor non governmental organization fighting forced and child marriage.

Concrete resolutions weren’t proposed yet, but have to be handed in until the end of today’s session. Eventually, tomorrow everything will get more concrete. The next session will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m.        


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Siegen-Geisweid/ 15th of Novembre - Opening the Session at 2pm the Human Rights Council came together in order to deal with the following topics:

  1. Ending Child and Forced Marriage

  2. Protecting the Rights of Migrants and Refugees against Racial Discrimination

With 42 present member states early motions to set the agenda were unfruitful and not supported by the chairs. It took several formal and informal caucuses, emotional speeches and tremendous negotiations to set the agenda. After 2,5 hours the committee decided to first deal with topic 1, before moving to topic 2. However, setting the agenda still wasn’t over, since some delegations still tried to focus on the second topic. As the delegate of Australia stresses “every two seconds a girl is forcefully married”, it highlights the importance of the topic. He also emphasized that topics are also relevant even if they are mostly not existent for the european continent.

Until the end of the first session the first working groups have been formed focusing on three causes for child and forced marriage: lack of education, cultural acceptance and financial shortcomings. So far, education, empowerment of women and changing the cultural mindset seem to be solutions at stake.  

Chair Sebastian Vogel is satisfied with the progress of the committee so far. “Considering SiegMUN being a beginners conference we have seen good work so far. Usually it takes even longer to set the agenda.” From now he is expecting working groups to be formed. The first working papers are to be handed in until tomorrow 12pm.