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UNHRC

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was established in 2006 from the creation of the General Assembly’s Resolution 60/251 and replaced the UN Commission on Human Rights as the intergovernmental UN council responsible for addressing human rights issues. The Human Right Council consists of 47 member states elected by the General Assembly for three year terms, this committee holds three sessions for an annual total of 10 weeks in the UN office of Geneva.

The UNHRC is a highly significant council due to the fact that it is tasked with bringing awareness and protection of human rights by addressing the violations and passing effective resolutions that put forth solutions to various human rights issues around the world as well as providing support and resources to human rights emergencies.Some issues the UNHRC has addressed in the past include child prostitution, adequate housing, safe water, freedom of expression, education as well as many other gravely important issues.

The promotion and protection of human rights and international respect without discrimination based on race, gender, language or religion are the overall goals of the UNHRC and it works on conducting research and implementing programs targeting civil, cultural, educational, economic and political rights in order to reach these goals.

Position Papers are mandatory, and must be turned in to the dais by 11:59PM on Nov 6, 2016. The dais’ e-mail address is unhrc@pacificmun.com. Late position papers will not be considered for an award unless an extension has been requested by the delegate and approved by the dais at least 24 hours in advance.

Further questions or inquiries can be directed to the dais at unhrc@pacificmun.com.

Topic 1: Religious Persecution South East Asia

Topic 2: Protecting Human Rights in Syrian Refugee Camps

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Staff

Lily Jones

Director

Lily Jones is a full IB junior at Inglemoor High School and is thrilled to be staffing a MUN conference for her first time. Lily’s first MUN conference was PACMUN 2015 and she was a delegate in UNHRC and she hopes to give her committee as great of an experience as her dais did her. Outside of MUN Lily loves traveling, especially to England where she was born and raised, and also enjoys soccer, swimming, walking her 3 dogs and spending time with her friends. Lily hopes to give her delegates and fellow dais members a fun, educational and memorable experience at PACMUN 2016 and looks forward to this conference greatly!

Daisy Bell

Chair

Daisy Bell is a junior at Bainbridge High School and is looking forward to staffing PACMUN 2016. Besides school and MUN, Daisy likes to swim, read, and listen to music. She has been doing MUN since freshman year when she went to VMUN. Her first time experiencing PACMUN was in 2015 when she enjoyed participating in Security Council. Daisy hopes that delegates in UNHRC not only grow and learn from PACMUN 2016, but also have fun.

Maddie Mousseau

Assistant Director

Maddie Mousseau is a senior at Interlake High School who looks forward to staffing PACMUN 2016. She enjoys traveling, studying languages, and, of course, Model UN. Maddie very much appreciates the sense of family and involvement within the MUN community. Outside of Model UN, she participates in Junior State of America and is one of her school’s ASB co-presidents. Maddie hopes that delegates will feel compelled to contribute to the important discourse at the conference and cannot wait to meet everyone.