TOPIC A Armed Conflict and the Human Rights of Refugees
- Aidan Cloonan
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a United Nations body whose objective is to promote and defend human rights around the world. In the international community, its role is to examine human rights violations and recommend how they should be addressed. Furthermore, the council looks to promote fundamental human rights and freedoms in a universal manner—at the international legal level. With these responsibilities in mind, the UNHRC looks to discuss topics of global concern, while considering universally applied standards of humane treatment.
Topic A: Armed Conflict and the Human Rights of Refugees
War and unrest continue to engulf many regions of the world. These conflicts are a major source of violations of human rights and international law, and together, they have helped produce a refugee crisis of an unprecedented magnitude. As long as conflict continues, this crisis will only worsen. Moreover, not only do human rights violations fuel the crisis, but refugees face further human rights violations and other challenges after fleeing. Human rights during armed conflict, what causes refugees to flee, and what challenges they face after fleeing are all crucial. Delegates will have to address both the insecurities faced by existing refugees and the conflicts that continue to fuel the crisis. This topic will require close work with international law, asylum and refugee law, and the nature and scope of war crimes.