SOCHUM is the third committee of the UN General Assembly and thereby responsible for all social, cultural and humanitarian matters. This wide mandate allows it SOCHUM to deal with a broad range of interesting topics. An important part of the work of the Committee will focus on the examination of human rights questions including refugees. However SOCHUM also discusses questions relating to the advancement of women, the protection of children, indigenous issues, the promotion of fundamental freedoms through the elimination of racism and racial discrimination, and the right to self- determination. You want to uphold the rights of women and refugees? Then SOCHUM is the place to be for you at BIMUN 2018.

TOPICS:

A) The challenge of combating gender-based violence

B) The protection of families of seekers and holders of asylum status

Combating gender-based violence

Gender Based Violence occurs in every region of the world and in every continent, this violence prevents women in participating in many economic and political rights. Many of the victims of Gender based violence are reluctant to speak of the violence done against them because of the stigma around the victims and their inability to access justice. There have been many movements working hard to change this and many countries but it is still prevalent. Each country needs to combat gender based violence based on its own society. Gender Based violence can be seen in the most vulnerable populations like in migrates and refugees. Problems are numerous from physical to psychological trauma and more. Although this topic is of global importance and relevant for each country, a special focus will be on countries in the middle east with focus on urgent issues like honor killings and early marriage or the situation of women in refugee camps.

 

The protection of families of seekers and holders of asylum status:

The right of seeking and enjoying asylum is protected under Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, currently there are 68.5 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. Of them, 25.4 million are refugees and 3.1 million are asylum seekers. Even more shocking is the number of 44.400 people a day, who are forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. Every year, 1 million people seek asylum on average. Faced with the highest level of displacement on record, it is evident that the UN has to take action, especially in protecting the immediate families of people who are seeking or holding the asylum status.

Possible subtopics could include the situation in the USA borders, in regards to children been separated from their parents, the question of health care these people should be entitled to, or even the possibility of granting asylum to members of the immediate family of an asylum holder (i.e. a parent-asylum holder and their children).

Country list:

UN Women / UNHCR*  Bangladesh Canada China Colombia
Djibuti Egypt Ethiopia France Germany
Greece Hungary India Italy Iraq
Jordan Lebanon* Libya Mexico Myanmar
Nigeria Russia Saudi Arabia South Corea Sudan
Sweden Syria Turkey* United States of America*  United Kingdom

* For experienced delegates only

 CHAIRS: Maria Vastardi & Silvia Kirollos