The opening began with the speech of His Excellency, Mr. Radu Horumba, asking about the definition of terrorism. After hearing certain opinions, he affirms that, because of its complexity, terrorism doesn’t have a unique definition and that it has come to represent a sad reality nowadays.
At the same time, a main cause of this phenomenon consists in the violation of the human rights. We are still learning how to understand human rights and how to respect them more and more. These rights are not something we must literally know word by word, but certain principles have to be followed and put into practice.
Another present problem that is strongly related to terrorism is represented by the discrimination against women. This is one of the main reasons for why women choose the path to terrorism and suicide attacks. A solution can and will be found in every state’s education.
After mentioning the recent attacks in Brussels, His Excellency concludes that terrorism represents turning people against people. At the same time, we are young and it is our duty to find the real causes of terrorism, to fight it, and most important, to prevent it. We are now facing a “war” caused by religion, but in the end, blaming it won’t be a solution. This subject is worth debating. However, it is sad that although we are so young, we have such great responsibilities regarding our future.
The first warm up question the delegates had to respond after His Excellency’s speech, was about the delegate’s option on whether or not they would prefer London or Paris as a relaxing city. The delegates based their arguments on every city’s culture, culinary art, weather, joy, history and most important, safety. In the end, after voting, Paris was the most preferred option and the delegate of France thanked everyone for their choice.
Regarding the motions proposed for debating, The Impact of Xenophobia on Human RIghts was by far one of the most important. Many delegates began their arguments with offering both Belgium and France their condolences for the recent deaths.
Xenophobia has been clearly condemned by 90% of the delegates. They firmly assert that they are against any form of discrimination and everyone came up with solutions. For example, the delegate of Denmark stated that they will support any organization that can help eliminate xenophobia. At the same time, Ethiopia stated that the great “weapon” against terrorism is represented by the strict protection of human rights.
The delegate of France, speaking about the recent attacks form Paris, Brussels and Istanbul, said that the problem of xenophobia will be solved only after we will be capable of identifying and understanding its causes. However, the delegate of Mongolia affirmed that we already know what triggers xenophobia and that it will be in favor of all the efforts of The United Nations that can put an end to this problem. Xenophobia does not only violate the human rights, but also, it weakens the governments. Other solutions were based on changing laws and a closer collaboration among states.
In the end, the conclusion revealed the fact that terrorism is caused not by religion but by people. Discrimination should not be tolerated in any form. As the delegate of Mongolia said, we should think twice before taking any measure, because terrorists will respond twice as hard. We can make the world a better and safer place for our people.
By Justina-Alexandra Sava
HRC Press Officer