The HEART Resolution

The Straits Times

“We cannot and should not stop people from migration. We have to give them a better life at home. Migration is a process, not a problem” William L. Swing

Once the merging process was over in the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee, all countries found themselves arguing and debating on the strengths and weaknesses of the many drafts of resolutions that have been proposed.

Actually, it is really breathtaking and flabbergasting to see how 193 countries are reunited, all together, working hand in hand, in order to find a solution for this serious problem.

Even though each delegation looks for her personal interest, they all agreed and stood against the same controversial issue : migration-related xenophobia, racism, and violence.

Actually, we were strongly astonished by the unexpected alliance between countries such as Iran and The United States that were considered as enemies thus far.

But sometimes, the debate got tense and violent in a certain way.  Donald Trump and The United States have been attacked more that once since they haven’t treated conflict concerning migrants in the same manner.

Nevertheless, these alternatives adopted by the delegations are quite utopian. Indeed, many pertinent solutions have been proposed, but most of them are not realistic and cannot be applied in countries where migrants are constantly victims of the society.  In fact, France, South Africa or Nigeria have serious issues in the society where migrants are persecuted and exposed to economic discrimination. In some cases and in particular countries in Africa, such as Libya, migrants are victims of slavery, migrants are abused, migrants are facing the omnipresent risk of human trafficking. In order to find an ideal resolution that can satisfy the maximum of countries, delegates discussed the majority of the solutions that have been proposed. Therefore, during the first un-mod, many blocks merged with a main goal which is to find specific and realistic solutions that every country can put in order.

For many hours, the committee has been divided into many groups that couldn’t just find a common ground to work on.

But, finally, after long hours of debate, the tension between the different emergent blocks started to disappear.

Thus, three main blocks appeared miraculously when they have reached an agreement threw negotiations.

On one hand, we have « the HEART integration draft resolution » that covers 83 signatories.

On the other one, we have « Here today for a better tomorrow » with 73 signatories.

Last but not least, the « one hope with open arms » contains 57 signatories.

After the amendment process, the resolutions globally suited all countries’ policies. Even if, in the beginning of the debate, the delegations were not ready to collaborate.

The time for the vote came, and the tension was at its highest level…

The HEART resolution directed by Russia has been chosen, and its main values are :     

  1.  Humanitarian Crisis and Hate Crimes,
  2. Education, and Economic Empowerment of Migrants,
  3. Assistance to Migrants in Need,
  4. Reviewing National Priorities,
  5. Terrorism and Security of Migrants.

To cut a long story short, the SOCHUM Committee has been going through a lot : tension, laughs, arguments, anger, stress.But it has finally found, its own path to a better world and a humanitarian solution.

And, as Jan Eliasson said: “Without peace there is no development, and without development there is no peace.”

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Education: The Key of the Future

The Strait Times

Nelson Mandela said : “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”.

As we all know, this year’s conference theme is Empowerment and Education. Indeed, it is quite impressive to see how education has such an influence on the issue treated by the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee.

Actually, it is in the heart of the committee and it is the main preoccupation of all the delegations.

The SOCHUM committee is facing a quite controversial issue that is directly related to the human rights. Indeed, the migration-related xenophobia, racism and violence around the world has increased since the recent migrant crises. In fact, we have reached 258 million migrants worldwide in 2017, each with different motives going from job seeking to fleeing war.

However, today, the abuse of illegal immigrants grows close to a new kind of slavery. Recently, in Libya, African women and men, human beings, have been sold like objects. Yet, we are in 2018 and these actions that are considered as slavery have been abolished since centuries ago!

Furthermore, the most efficient solution against xenophobia, racism and violence is directly linked with this year’s theme.

In order to eradicate this problem, all countries found themselves arguing about which solution they should adopt and apply. The majority of the delegates explained this behavior towards migrants with a lack of education and awareness. Therefore, the long-term solution that could fix what is going on is education: an “easy and mature way” to eradicate discrimination said the Nigerian delegate. In order to ensure maximum security of the migrants in the society, the mentalities need to be changed. In this case, education is the perfect sustainable solution.

Concerning the short-term alternatives, many delegates emphasized on the fact that communication is key.

Social media is an excellent way being sensitivity to the population. Through the use of hashtags on popular social medias such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, society’s mentality in general will be influenced and aware. Hopefully, the migrants will be integrated and treated the way they deserve to be.

The enforcement of legislation is a solution that should be adopted from all countries. The government also has to put limits to this abuse of migrants through specific laws that are also in favor of migrants. Moreover, the government needs to give them the opportunity to work and live a normal life with rights and the ability to build a family.

In a nutshell, to solve any kind of issue in general, education is the most efficient way. It allows the transmission of humanitarian values to populations’ minds from the beginning and prevents the potential existence of such inhuman acts.

LGBTQ rights and global acceptance

Al-Jazeera

And the 65th session of the HMUN commences, with conversations taking a rather interesting turn at the UNHRC committee room. Countries from across the globe don’t spare a minute as they bring their views to the table, views spread over a spectrum so broad that it ranges from Russia to France; views based on religion so extreme that they range from being absolutely against and severely intolerant towards homosexuality versus those more welcoming and kind to those qualified as “different”. Religion and LGBTQ are not two elements that react too well with each other which is why “religious reasons” have so much so resulted in the outbreak of violence when it has come to LGBTQ rights. Islam and Catholic Christians are seen as religions most against homosexuality. Islam however, on the very same note claims to be an extremely peaceful religion which is why it would be wrong to carry out terrorist attacks on homosexual individuals in the name of the aforementioned religion.

At the UNHCR committee session, the discussion generally revolved around the differing views that countries had on homosexuality based on their religious, or rather atheistic values. LGBTQ rights usually go head to head in a battleground with Islam whenever the discussion comes to religion. In the history of Islam, during the reign of the caliph Hazrat Umar people who refused to live by the rules of Islam were allowed to do so without any punishments or violence of any kind.

Al Jazeera, being the liberal news agency that it is, supported the points put forward by nations such as the US and France which had to say that no one has the right to prosecute anyone for their sexuality. Al Jazeera believes that everybody is entitled to choosing their own identity.