Position Papers are due on February 5th to be considered for the Best Position Paper Award, and February 12th to be considered for any committee award. Submit them via Huxley.  

UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

Head Chair | Suma Thati


Vice-Chairs | Soham Kale, Lucia Zhang, Ruchirangad Sharma

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Topic 1 | Religious Freedom

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The right to practice one’s religion freely and without fear of persecution and discrimination is a fundamental human right that is more than often denied to many people. Despite being outlined in Articles 2 and 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in Article 1 of the Charter of the United Nations, scores of people are mistreated on the grounds of their religion across the globe. This is a contentious issue, and has been throughout history. From the persecution of early Christians by the Roman Empire, to the Holocaust, and to the violence perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, violence has always punctuated the path of the religions of the world, despite such religions preaching peace and tolerance of one another.

Topic 2 | Exploitation, Forced Labor and Trafficking

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Human trafficking is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labour and extraction of organs and tissues. It is a serious crime and direct violation of the basic human rights articulated to everyone. They are sold for a price, and forced to endure unimaginable torture, pain and humiliation at the hands of their traffickers. Despite a wide variety of efforts by the international community, every year, millions of people systematically fall victim to human trafficking: men, women and children alike. An estimated 46 million people are tied up in modern-day slavery across the globe.