Day 3 of the HRC for the URJCmun. The topic: Freedom of expression and press freedom in the modern societies and conflict areas.
The new session started slowly, the effects on the night at the Global Village had taken a toll on most delegations. It wasn’t until the floor was open for motions and a Moderated Caucus on ‘National Security and freedom of expression’ passed that life seemed to come back to our delegates. Israel calling out Brazil on endangered journalist in their own country because of the lack of protection from their government created the first tension of the morning. Later on Canada reproached the US on their hypocrisy because ‘how can they talk about freedom of expression when their government spies on their own citizens?’.
A Moderated Caucus on ‘measures to protect journalists’ was starting when our Secretary General joined us with breaking news that would change the course of the whole session.
One british journalists was killed in Mississippi and two other were in critical conditions at the ICU. The three of them were British citizens, two of them had also Congolian nationality. At first it was believed that they were shot by white supremacist that disrupted the march, called to protest against the Republican government and its measures, they were covering but later on it was discovered that it had been the State Police the one responsible. Both, the President and State Governor knew about this and tried to cover the information. The UK and Congo governments announced that they will take action on this matter. Israel spoke up to defend the US.
By then, delegates were unstoppable. Recriminations flew by and the lunch break was necessary to calm the nerves and be able to get together to start a working paper. After the Unmoderated Caucus a resolution signed by all the delegations, except th delegations of North Korea and US, was passed and it condemn the crimes committed against the three journalists.
The Moderated Caucus left unfinished earlier today continued with the novelty of Amnesty International being the moderator. A motion for an Unmoderated Caucus to be able to begin a working paper was passed and before the session ended the resolution was approved. For the next session we will probably extend the adopted resolution with some more amendments.