The Fight to be Human: Humans of UNHRC

by Avani Shitole

The second day of the UNHRC committee started with the continuation of the GSL list of the previous session. Having discussed the major issues and conflicts faced by the inflicted countries in the previous session, the committee aimed to mainly focus on the steps and solutions that could be taken in favour of the suffering people. By the end of the day, the committee was successfully able to draft a resolution which was passed with the affirmation of a majority of member states.

The committee had successfully presented all the possible sufferings and casualties faced by the post-conflict society on the first day. Hence, on day two the focus was on the steps to be taken to aid the people in need.

The executive board commenced the session with the continuation of the GSL from the previous session. However the committee soon transitioned into a formal informal session where all member representatives presented their solutions to the different issues.

The delegate of India filled with emotions, reminded the committee about the roles played by the various NGOs and the success offered. The delegate was insistent that the committee should add it in the resolution. The delegate of USA agreed to the delegate of India, but further asked the council to focus on the fact whether help is actually provided to the victims or not. Ghana, however wasn’t convinced with the proposals and asked to have a deeper insight on the solutions by stating that the NGOs can sometimes be inefficient.

Germany changed the flow of the discussion to the Yemen crisis by highlighting the lack of facilities in the country and presenting a UNICEF survey which states that “At least one child dies every ten minutes”, and urged the committee to take up the issue.

Soon after the delegate of Rwanda proposed a motion to move the house formal to the formal informal session which was passed. It was followed by the delegate of South Africa and the delegate of Japan who highlighted the power and role of media in such instances. They proposed a solution to strengthen local indigenous voices with an overall aim to build an unbiased press. Adding to the that, the delegate of Australia reminded how the power of social media can spread a story of a victim from a small state worldwide.

The committee proceeded with the discussion of the importance of women education, an establishment of women health centres, reconstruction programmes and laws for their safety, a special accommodation for them and hygiene kits.

The committee gave the solutions about strengthening laws and giving the victims the right to speak.

The committee then entered a formal informal session to draft a resolution.

After the resolution was drafted, the chair commenced the GSL that was remaining. The GSL was closed with the delegate of India being the last speaker who apologized the committee for pressing against the involvement of NGOs and being stubborn by denying to vote if their involvement would be rejected in the resolution.

The committee session was concluded with the passing of the resolution which covered all the solutions that could be implemented to help the victims. These involved establishment of women help centres and justice centres, encouraging NGOs to invest more by being funded by IMF and World Bank and education institutions for vulnerable groups.


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