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The first session of the Human Rights Council of Ovimun 2017 ran in the majestic surroundings of the Junta General del principado of Asturias. The council was inaugurated by the presidents of the human rights coincido , Mr Nicolás Herrero Folley and Ana-ly Tamargo-Fernández Rodríguez.


First of all, each delegate had personally presented himself to the rest of the council, briefly describing his motivation and experience in similar events. Before beginning to debate the real topics, they have done a funny role play. The aim of the play was to prove the improvisation skills against encouraging a topic without previous preparation. The topic was magic creatures and the defense of his right of sexual reproduction. For the role play the organization gave each delegate a specific magical references to defend during the role play. Examples of that creative solution were leprechauns, mermaids, unicorns, Narnia or vampires. Such an amazing way for break the ice with the participants of the commission. After a quick round of speeches, 30 seconds each, they called off the simulation in order to initiate the real discussion what they have been to do there.  

We received the visit of the honorable teacher of Oviedo’s University, Benito Alvarez Corral, invited to give a presentation in this journey by Ignacio Voza. The professor spoke to the assistants about religion symbols in global and in the specific context of education. He declared that it’s a very controversial topic that it’s taking importance in the modern world caused by the growth of migration and human movements.

We live in a multicultural society and it provokes several cultural confrontations. When we go to school or public places most of us have seen religious symbols all around us. It is a historic residual? Or it’s a way to cover or condition our mental freedom? That’s a thought about which we should think reflexively.

After the magnificent speech of professor Benito, the different delegations took a round of questions about this aim. The representatives of each country in the human rights committee will be discussing about this topic at the afternoon session.  

To  refresh the mind of all of us and socialize we had a coffee break where the delegates could discuss all the ideas shown during the journey until the pause. The resumption of the session took place at 11:45 and it began with the debate of the other topic treated during the MUN “human trafficking”. An increasing problem in the international politics that causes a lot of pain to the nation leaders. We lived a hot debate with the brilliant performance of the members of the committee. Personally, I want to give a special mention to some of the delegations like North Korea.

Some of the most relevant participations were, among others, North Korea and Thailand, showing much knowledge of the topics treated and the actual situation in their countries. His contributions

for the debate and the knowledge about the specific characteristics of the country that were representing in the model were admirable.

The main resolutions made through the debate were the definition of Human Trafficking, important due to some countries missing some points or turning a blind eye to the situation regarding not only their own country but also the rest of the countries in the world.

Another topic which was pointed out as important is the fact that some areas like Middle East or Africa were affected by this issue more than others, also it was discussed the reason for this. Some delegates gave possible reasons such as empowered areas are more likely to have these issues due to lack of resources or even knowledge. Knowledge was also treated importantly for some of the countries’ delegates, which enforced the need for information, education and promotion for this topic in order to, if not eliminate it, at least reduce it.

The final resolution was that in order to solve this issue there is the need of understanding between nations. It is key to know which areas are more affected by this matter and how. It is also essential to understand every countries’ need, from inside and outside. This means that each country needs to know its strengths and weaknesses in order to either ask for help with consciousness or to help others with their best resources, being absolutely necessary the  communication and general knowledge of the global situation.


Yaiza Calleja Bear | Alfonso Blanco Santos

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