HRC finishes the URJCmun TEEN with excellent resolutions
Laura Díaz | Day 3 Unfortunately, the last day of the URJCmun TEEN have arrived. The delegates of the Human Rights Council have been finishing their working papers and creating their resolutions to contribute with the global problems that involve human rights all around.
The delegations created two draft resolutions: one more radical than the other. The first resolution, supported by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and China, declared that the LGBTQ+ community needs a special permission to get married given by the government of their country. They also decided that the adoption is totally impossible for them, because, in their opinion, the kids would be discriminated by other families, and they could not be well educated.
They also expressed that all people are equal by law, so people of minorities do not need special protection or favoritism. That is why they would not be creating an exclusive law for this community.
The second draft was more liberal according to the human rights. The delegations requested the states to create an organization that carries out a minimum of one talk per month in schools about the LGTBQ+ community. In these sessions they would talk about the community, and how to respect it.
In this draft the formers delegations also asked all countries to allow civil marriage to this community and to implement a law in their legislation to protect this minorities from discrimination and hate speech. All delegations voted upon the drafts resolutions and choose the second one as the winner.
Starting with the topic of environmental security, the delegations started a moderated caucus regarding climate change. This is a serious problem that involves every country, and for that matter they wanted to create the best solutions with everyone's collaboration. “In our state we have a serious problem of pollution. We want to use the best technologies to improve our air quality” added the Chinese delegation.
Sadly, there was not enough time to discuss this topic deeply and to make resolutions, but we are sure that there will be time in the URJC MUN Teen 2021. We are expecting all delegates to finish the discussions that started in this last day of the model. See you soon!
Protection as a need, not a privilege
Laura Díaz | Day 2 The creation of laws for minority groups, protection and support of transgender people. This were the main issues discussed in the second day of the Human Rights Council on URJC MUN Teen 2020.
In the labour world, there has been cases of people that were fired from their jobs just because they belonged to the LGBTQ+ community, for the reason that their partners did not accept them for who they were and who they loved.
Some countries proposed the creation of laws that protected this minority groups from these cases, however, others stated that creating these laws was treating them differently than the others. “They want to be treated like everyone else, so creating different laws would be different treatment for them” added the German delegation.
They also stated that there is no need to create new regulations. The general law should protect this community from hate speech. That is why they should adapt the general law for everyone's protection and not create a new one only for this community.
The afternoon session started with a moderated caucus regarding transgender people. Almost every delegation noted that they should be recognized and well respected. If people do not feel comfortable with their body or with themselves, they can decide what they want to be and how they want to feel, and they should be respected in these decisions.
“If you want the best for your citizens, you have to accept them as they are” stated the delegation of Finland. However, other states did not share this opinion and did not want to use public money to finance sex change surgeries. Saudi Arabia remarked that their religion does not recognize the LGBTQ+ community, so they would not be protecting this minority group from any type of discrimination. All delegations have been creating and discussing their workings papers together on the numerous unmoderated caucus that have been done. They have started redacting the draft resolutions that will be revised and corrected by the chairs on the last day of the committee. We cannot wait until tomorrow to see what resolution wins the debate.
Normalization of the LGBTQ+ community as the first step to end with discrimination
Laura Díaz | Day 1
First day of URJCmun TEEN. Our delegates came prepared with their approaches and they are more than ready to discuss them with their fellow delegates and try to reach an agreement. The first action that took place in the Human Rights Council was setting an agenda. They voted the first topic of the model, which was prevention of arbitrary political action against the LGBTQ+ community.
In the general speakers list, everyone talked about the laws that protect the minorities groups in their country and how they want the collaboration of all the states to protect these groups. Every delegation is aware that the social position of the LGTBQ+ community has developed compared to previous years, but they still have problems with their rights that they should not have.
The Delegation of Finland proposed the first moderated caucus of the model: adoption for LGBTQ+ community. Many countries allow this group to adopt but not everyone. Germany stated that every child has the right to have a family and this family have to be respected in order to have a quality life.
While most countries agreed on the right to adopt for this community, other states did not share the same opinion. “A normal family is made by a man and a woman, an homosexual couple is not accepted in our religion” added the Delegation of Saudi Arabia. They also stated that gay parents would “inspire” their orientation to the kids and that is why they can not allow this family unit.
The first step to end with the discrimination of this community is normalizing all kind of relationships. That is why the delegations started a moderated caucus about educational programs to raise awareness about this problem.
“Educating the younger people that will be the future of the country can be a very positive action for the community” added the Brazilian delegation. This education can be achieved by creating a class where they teach more about minority groups, and how to respect and treat them like everyone else. Raising awareness in schools should be positive for the kids too, because they would start feeling comfortable showing their true colors.
Despite their young age, the delegates have shown their maturity and knowledge in the LGBTQ+ community topic, but we are sure that they will show more of this faculties tomorrow, on the second day of URJC MUN Teen 2020.