Human Rights Council
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe and for addressing situations of human rights violations and making recommendations on them. It has the jurisdiction and the authority to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year. The Council’s main goal is the promotion and the spreading of human rights, as well as the combating of gross violations thereof.
The Council meets at the UN Office in Geneva, Switzerland and is composed of 47 UN Member States, elected by the UN General Assembly (UN GA) on the basis of equitable geographical distribution. Moreover, HRC established the Universal Periodic Review system through which the Council regularly reviews the human rights records of the UN Member States.
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Meet the Chairs!
My name is Francesco and I’m co-chairing the Human Rights Council at GrunnMUN this year alongside Dominik! I am a second-year International and European Law student here in Groningen. I have always found the area of human rights extremely important, with a particular eye on how each nation faces its ever-growing diffusion and manages its enforcement processes. I would lie if I said that this interest of mine did not play a role in choosing my field of study. I hope to see interesting and engaging debates on this issue.
My MUN story begins in 2017, when I participated for the first time to an MUN as a delegate and I never stopped since. The most important conference I took part in was NHSMUN (located in New York) in which we had the amazing experience of having a session in the UN Headquarters.
Besides my passion for law and diplomacy, I enjoy art. I went to a music, art and drama high school, therefore anything that implies music, acting or plays catches my attention.
I am excited to meet you all and I have no doubt that we are going to have a lot of fun in GrunnMUN 2023!
Fun fact: I nearly bumped into Shakira’s yacht when I was on holiday.
My name is Dominik; I am from Slovakia and currently studying International and European Law at the University of Groningen.
Randomly appearing at my first MUN in 2019 led to my participation in many MUNs and other simulated conferences, which nurtured my interest in international relations, law, and politics. It eventually led me to study my current programme, which I love wholeheartedly (even though I might not always sound like it). If I am not studying or working, you will probably find me sipping coffee with my friends. Coffee, indeed, is my passion, alongside cooking. I am very much looking forward to our HRC sessions, as HRC was also the first committee I chaired.
See you all at GrunnMUN 2023!
Fun fact: I will judge your favourite coffee drink (otherwise, I am told I am a nice person).