UNHRC: United Nations Human Rights Council

Welcome to the UNHRC Committee at SCMUN 2018!

Position papers are due 03/09/2018 at 11:59pm. Please upload them on the "Resources" tab.

The United Nations Human Rights Council is a special organization comprised of several UN member states on a rotating basis and works to monitor and improve the status of human rights worldwide.

Topic A: Detention Rights

By nature of being subject to punishment, prisoners are one of the world’s most at risk groups to human rights violations. Not only are worldwide prisons overcrowded, dangerous, and unsanitary, they also often do not serve their intended purpose which is to prevent further crime from occurring. This committee will look at how countries around the world can ensure that all prisoners receive certain basic rights, prisons promote and maintain lower recidivism rates (the rate at which criminals re-offend), and that detention centers limit their use of torture. This topic further examines how countries assist prisoners after they are reintegrated into society and whether criminals maintain their constitutional rights, or whether rights to voting, for example, may be stripped from them.


Topic B: Rights to Privacy in a Digital Age

The world is becoming increasingly digital, and with that comes increased access to private information by corporations and governments. Surveillance can be critical to ensuring safety of civilians by helping prevent crime and terrorism, but it can also harm and infringe upon people by ending political dissent and privacy. At the root of these issues is technology and computer software that is not owned by any one country or corporation, which makes it hard for countries and corporations to decide who gets access to what private information and protecting their users. Delegates in this committee will examine which rights, if any, technology users should receive worldwide.