Human Rights Council

The European International Model United Nations

Human Rights Council


The Human Rights Council with its office in Geneva as it is today is one of the younger committees of the UN: it was created on March 15th 2006 to replace the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Its 47 United Nations Member States are elected by the UN General Assembly.

The UNHRC is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of Human Rights all over the world and for addressing global Human Rights violations. It has the mandate to discuss all issues related to Human Rights and situations that require its attention, resulting in resolutions submitted to other UN bodies such as but not limited to the General Assembly and the Security Council.

Level: Beginner

Council Topic
Human Rights Abuse in Prisons

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones” – Nelson Mandela

The international community has passed several documents, treaties and resolutions in order to assure the fair treatment of individuals inside jails. However, national support for these legislations and guidelines is lacking in countries where problems such as overcrowding, budgeting, and inmate rowdiness are occuring.
Some of the most troubling aspects include the lack of treatment facilities for rehabilitation, which is key in the social reintegration of the inmates after prison, the lack of healthcare and health products available for the prisoners, resulting in poor health and sometimes even death, and the lack of access to a fair trial within a reasonable time. The necessity of new internal and external legislations for prison, with the purpose of achieving a humane treatment for the prisoners, has been one of the major focuses of the international community.
How can the international community help to affect change in standards of prisoners rights for the better?

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Council Chairs

Fred Hilton

Fred Hilton is a third year International Law student at the University of Groningen. Brought up in London, it was in high school where Fred developed an interest for the ever changing world of international politics.

After participating in TEIMUN 2018 as a delegate, Fred has become more involved with MUN and joined TEIMUN 2019 as the chair of the Human Rights Council and will continue to do so at GrunnMUN 2020.

Outside of the realm of International politics, Fred enjoys reading, origami and Netflix, often at the same time.

Tais Alejandra Ruiz Palacios

Tais Alejandra Ruiz Palacios is a first-year student at Groningen University, currently studying the Bachelor of International and European law, and a TEIMUN delegate.

She has been debating since 2016 in her home country, Peru, and has not stopped since, debating and chairing more than 20 conferences in the past three years. Most notably, she has participated in HMUN, WIMUN, and ILMUNC, the latter being her favorite experience thus far.

Although she has debated topics ranging from disarmament to the League of Nations, her preferred topics are related towards the protection of human rights, and the empowerment of women around the world.

When she is not debating or studying, you can find her reading sci-fi books, listening to all types of music, watching documentaries and Netflix series, and drawing. Besides international relations and law, some of her favorite topics to talk about include psychology, literature, and art.