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Human Rights Council

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on 6 August 2013

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Transcript of Human Rights Council

How to be the best HRC delegate?
Human Rights Council
Monika Zbytniewska- Chair
Kasia Kosim- Deputy Chair
Explore the topic
Facts you need to know
Stay objective
See different points of view
Prepare carefully
policy statement
draft resolution
See you in Warsaw!
Feel free to ask any questions:
Get ready!
Meet the chairs
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
—Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
I'm barely paid enough to afford two meals a day - a bowl of rice and some bread

Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen- Factory worker
Labor Rights Violations in Asia
workplaces where basic worker rights are not respected.
We are happy to see Two-for-One sale.
Bangladeshi union organiser
"You buy one get one free -but it's not really free."
Nike, Adidas, Next, Tesco, Primark...
26 April 2013
Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed
Be up-to-date
Facts about Apple
Problems encountered by sweatshops employees:
bad working conditions
extremely low salaries
basic human rights violations
We got used to clothes labeled "made in Bangladesh"
Be aware-
you are what you wear
and learn the rules of procedure
to better understand:
Policy statement
Policy statements is the presentation of the country’s line in the context of the particular subject. Thus, it is required to be more detailed than the Opening Speech and it is preferable that Policy Statement recalls to the previous documents and resolutions. It aims to provide other delegates with the information according to which they will be able to find the allies for their solutions.
Draft resolution
A draft resolution is a document written by the delegates before the conference. The policy statement will be the basis of the resolution while the resolution will be the basis for discussion.

A resolution is one long sentence, divided into a number of clauses. In these clauses, you explain what the exact problem is (preambulatory clauses) and what actions need to be taken to solve the problem (operative clauses). Changes like adding clauses, taking clauses away and modifying clauses will be made by you or other delegates during the conference. Finally, the resolutions get voted on and either pass or fail.
At the beginning of the committee sessions (after countries state their policies) Informal lobbying is held. It is an opportunity for the delegates to discuss and compare their draft resolutions with other delegates. During Informal Lobbying they search for co-submitters. The main aim of Informal Lobbying is to combine several resolutions into a common one. This process is called merging. After the resolution is printed in the correct form it must be handed to the Chair of the committee.
The course of a debate is as follows:

The Chair shall administer a roll call procedure to check the status of attendance.

The Chair shall set the agenda by reading the topics. The committee will decide which topic will be debated first (simple majority is required).

The Chair shall allow the delegates to present their policy statements.

The Chair shall set the time for informal lobbying.

After lobbying, the Chair opens the debate on the chosen topic.

The Speaker’s List is set

After the Speaker’s List is set the Chair may decide whether to allow more Speakers.

The Speaker’s time is set (simple majority is required).

A Working Paper may become a Draft Resolution after a vote by a simple majority.

Amendments: Each delegate can submit an amendment to a draft resolution during the debate. Firstly he/she has to write the proposed changes on an amendment sheet distributed by the Page Staff and send it to the Chair. If the amendment is in order, its submitter shall take the floor and read it aloud to the committee. When the amendment is proposed the debate on the resolution is suspended and the debate on the amendment begins. The Chair shall set the time for and against the amendment. Then the amendment is voted and if it passes it becomes a part of the resolution. After voting the committee returns to the debate on the resolution from the point at which it was suspended.

The amendments can only concern the text of the discussed resolution. The amendment to the amendment (also entitled a “second degree” amendment) is not in order. However, it can apply to the already amended part of the resolution.
When the debate time on the resolution has been exhausted the Chair shall extend the debate time or close the debate and conduct the voting. Simple majority is required to pass a resolution.
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