Meet your Director, Cayleigh O’Connell!

Cayleigh is a junior studying political science and French at UConn. Prior to this conference, she served as the director for UNICEF, and before that, the assistant director for UNICEF. This is now her third year and she is again a director, this time for UNHRC. Outside of UCMUN she enjoys going to the gym, reading, hiking, snowboarding, watching movies, and traveling. As the director of UNHRC you can contact her at cayleigh.o' with any questions.


Meet your Topic Specialist, Jackson Adams!

Jackson Adams-Pickles is a senior pursuing a degree in English and communication. Last year, he worked as an admin for UNEP. In addition to his involvement in Model United Nations, he is also a member of UCTV and works on TV skits and student films. In his free time, Jackson likes to play video games, go on food adventures with his friends, and take care of his plants. He is excited to work more directly with the delegates at this year’s conference and encourages them to ask him questions at!


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.