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Meet your Director, Clotilde Gannon!

Clotilde is a junior at UConn. She is a political science major with a minor in international relations. After college, she dreams of serving in the Peace Corps. Upon her return, she hopes to someday work with nonprofit organizations in Africa. Chloe participated in UCMUN XVIII as an assistant director for UNICEF. Last year, she served as the director of UNICEF. This year she is very excited to be the director of UNHRC. Clotilde recently returned from studying abroad last semester. She went to Florence, Italy and had the time of her life. She highly recommends the experience and loves to travel. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, cooking, and watching movies. Clotilde is looking forward to meeting all of the delegates and encourages them to ask her any questions at clotilde.gannon@uconn.edu.

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Harry Zehner!

Harry is a sophomore pursuing a political science degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Outside of Model UN, Harry writes in the Opinion section of the Daily Campus and helps run the Nathan Hale Homework Club. In his free time, Harry enjoys making music, and playing soccer and basketball. Harry is tall and redheaded. He plans on pursuing a career in journalism or any field that allows him to be politically involved. As a freshman, Harry served as an assistant director of UNHRC. If delegates have any questions for Harry, they can reach him at harry.zehner@uconn.edu.

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Topic A: Human Detainees

A fundamental human right is the power to be physically free from torture and unlawful detainment. The people of the land must be held accountable for their actions, but should not be subjected to unfair conditions due to arbitrary arrests. Around the globe, there are approximately 11 million people in prison, and over 30 million people are entered into detentions centers each year. Despite the consequences of extensive detentions, studies show incarceration rates are increasing and using imprisonment more frequently.Unfortunately, the increasing rate of incarnation does not correlate with an increase of resources for detainees. The UNHRC needs to work together to create distinct and safe imprisonment infrastructures with appropriate quantities of resources for everyone. Not only does there need to be an improvement in the lawful imprisonment process, but arbitrary arrests need to be eliminated entirely. Immigrants needs to be protected in foreign prisons, and they require safety against sexual assault, torture, and abuse of mental illnesses. Rehabilitation strategies need to be introduced throughout prisons all over the world including formal education, useful skill sets, and future employment opportunities. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) must come together to create initiatives to advocate for a universal fairness of imprisonment for all detainees.

Topic B: Freedom of Press

The freedom of press is a basic fundamental human right which needs to be universally dispersed throughout the world. The freedom of press should not be treated as a luxury, but instead as a fundamental human right that contributes to a modern positive society. The sharing of information not only provides a more cognizant and knowable society, but leads to a decrease in institutional corruption. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has made progress in providing protections through not only their structural constitution, but also the creation of a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which includes guidelines on press freedom expansion. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly established a day dedicated to the spread of information and press. May 3rd has been officially labeled as “World Press Freedom Day” by the United Nations. The day is devoted to not only raising awareness, but celebrating journalist accomplishments and press reforms. The freedom of press is an important aspect within political communities, economic policies, and social reforms. It is important that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) follows the lead of UNESCO in prioritizing the circulation of information.