United Nations Human Rights Council

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COMMITTEE INTRODUCTION

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an official UN committee with the focus of the protection and addressing of human rights global concerns. The committee was established in 2006, and it is comprised of 47 member states for three year terms. During committee sessions, the Council’s primary job is finding efficient solutions to human rights and such emergencies. This includes, but is not limited to, religious freedom, LGBTQ+ rights, women’s rights, and the rights of minorities in our societies. Aside from formal sessions, the UNHRC holds the responsibility of securing the liberties and ensuring respect for all people worldwide.

As the principal United Nations Council with the dedication of the promotion and protection of human rights for all, the Council conducts research and implements education programs in the effort of reinforcing the rights of others. In this committee, delegates will be working with each other in order to find solutions to infringements of human rights in terms of freedom and equality. Delegates will be able to learn about the policies of foreign nations by researching and interacting with other nations during committee session. Through collaboration and contribution, delegates will propose resolutions for present day human rights crises, providing them the opportunity to be innovative in seeking passive and effective solutions to these dilemmas. This committee with further assist delegates in gaining knowledge regarding human rights as a whole and how to confirm that all people have access to these virtues.

(Note: Some nations whose terms have expired - Cambodia, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam - are included in the country matrix due to their relevance to the issue)

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Position papers are mandatory for UNHRC and are due on March 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Any inquiries about this committee may be directed to the dais at unhrc@bellevuemun.org.

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Elaine Guo

Director

Elaine Guo is currently a sophomore at Interlake High School and is excited to be serving as director of UNHRC! Originally joining MUN last year for the snacks, she soon realized the array of aspects that make MUN incredible. BELLEVUEMUN 2018 will be her sixth conference and second time staffing. Outside of MUN, Elaine can be found volunteering with animals, baking too many cookies, belting out Broadway show tunes, or reading to procrastinate on doing her homework. Elaine is excited for what will certainly be a fantastic conference!

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Sriya Nemani

Chair

Sriya Nemani is currently a sophomore at Interlake High School. She joined MUN after hearing friends talk about it so much, and has never looked back. She enjoys the both the debate and diplomacy that MUN has to offer, and believes that it is the training ground for a new generation of leaders. Outside of MUN, she is also part of her school's policy debate team, Science Olympiad, and the Science National Honors Society. She also enjoys writing and playing the violin. Sriya is incredibly excited to be a part of BELLEVUEMUN 2018!

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Benjamin Lambert

Assistant Director

Ben Lambert is a sophomore at Interlake High School. He enjoys MUN a lot because of how it deals with prominent global issues and you come up with solutions to them and because of the compromises you will make with other delegates. Other than MUN, he participates in clubs such as Science Olympiad and Rocketry. BELLEVUEMUN will be his 8th conference attending and his 1st time staffing and so he is very excited for it.

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Sanya Gupta

Assistant Director

Sanya Gupta will be your assistant director and is a freshman at Interlake High School. Her first conference (of sorts) was EDUMUN 2017. She later attended PACMUN 2017 as a delegate in UNEP. This will be her first time staffing and is looking forward to such an enlightening experience. Outside of MUN, Sanya can be found working for human rights clubs at her school, volunteering, or simply stressing over her classes. She is looking forward to meeting and working with all of you very soon!