Delta Model United Nations 2016 hopes to feature two unique committees that address important and pressing issues. Delegates will be placed in committees and roles according to their experience and preferences. We are proud to present Delta’s very own United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) discussing children’s rights in armed conflicts, as well as the House of Commons (HOC) discussing euthanasia.
We are confident that all delegates will be able to contribute positively to both committees, whether this is their first MUN or their fifth. While UNHRC is designed for beginner delegates and the HOC is generally reserved for more experienced participants, delegates of all abilities are welcome to both committees. More information, including topic summaries, can be found on under each committee’s subsection.
Position papers for UNHRC and HOC are not mandatory, but we strongly encourage you to prepare a research binder and participate actively in your committee. Private Member’s Resolutions (PMRs) are highly recommended for delegates in the HoC. Awards will be given to best delegate of each committee.
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL (UNHRC)
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was created in 2006 to replace the UN Commission on Human Rights. The UNHRC deals with the protection and promotion of human rights, addressing issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and rights to sanitation, housing, security, and culture.
Currently the UNHRC is launching inquiries into the human rights situations of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Syria, as the Council can discuss both country-specific human rights abuses as well as widespread offenses.
TOPIC: CHILDREN’S RIGHTS IN ARMED CONFLICT
The protection of children’s rights in armed conflicts requires the full cooperation of all countries in the committee. There are many issues that need to be addressed, including the abuse of civilians by militant groups, economic aid for education and health-deprived countries, the creation of a human rights program for students that have been displaced and barred from the classroom, and regulations classifying the need and age of children. In a politically tense world, where the threat of warfare is rising and an increasing amount of armed violence is reaching civilians, the basic rights of children are often lost in the struggle for power and political stability.
HOUSE OF COMMONS OF CANADA (HOC)
The House of Commons of Canada (HOC) was established in 1867 and is currently composed of 338 democratically elected Members of Parliament (MPs) who represent the Canadian ridings. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, the House of Commons is the dominant chamber of Parliament, with the Senate very rarely exercising its powers in a way that opposes the will of the democratically elected chamber. The House of Commons is the only House authorized to introduce bills imposing taxes or appropriating public funds, and is responsible for passing bills and upholding the Canadian democratic system at a federal level.
DelMUN’s HOC will be scaled and structured to reflect Canada’s current political landscape with a Liberal majority government and prime minister. Members are encouraged to prepare their own Private Member’s Resolutions (PMRs).
Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering. While it was illegal to “aid and abet suicide,” British Columbia’s Supreme Court recently struck down this section, arguing that it imposed discriminatory burdens on severely disabled individuals. In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that Canadian adults who are mentally competent and suffering intolerably and permanently have the right to a doctor’s help in dying. The court, however, suspended its ruling for 12 months to give the government an opportunity to write legislation and draft new laws and policies around assisted dying. In January 2016, the court granted an additional 4-month extension to its ruling suspension to allow time for the newly elected Liberal government to consult with Canadians on drafting a law to comply with the ruling. As an interim measure, it also ruled that provincial courts can now begin approving applications for euthanasia until the new law passes. The Canadian Medical Association has declared neutrality on the issue.