All delegates agreed on the fact that there are both common goals and solutions. During the first two days, the delegations came up with solutions regarding xenophobia and islamophobia, underlining the importance of putting an end to any kind of discrimination. However, on the third day, the refugee subject created certain dissensions. The delegate of Venezuela stated that it is very important to debate this issue without starting tensions. Every state knows that Europe is confronting with very serious problems and the human rights have been constantly violated. However, every delegate must try not to interfere in the internal affairs of another country. Yes, a harmonization of every state’s legislation and measures would be ideal, but first of all we must try to cooperate and work with the existing international conventions, regarding humans rights and the refugee status.
The delegation from Cuba said that after the tragic events from Paris and Brussels, we should try eliminating xenophobia by understanding the refugees, not by forcing them into assimilation. They just need protection. But with what costs? What if their protection means losing ours. Another important aspect regarding the refugee crisis involved the activity of mass-media. The delegate of Mongolia affirmed that it is highly necessary to condemn the discriminatory practices of the media, because it causes extremely violent and offensive reactions. Therefore, we should use media in a positive way that encourages the tolerance of Muslims and informs the public about their culture and religion in an educational way.
Wonderful news came from the delegates of France, Germany and Belgium, who announced that they are willing to reopen their borders. As we all now, after the recent tragedies, these countries closed them for reasons of national security. They have chosen to protect themselves from the inside, in a defensive way after seeing that none of the international measures and collaborations can protect their citizens. This represents a huge step towards the acceptance and integration of the refugees. Even though the risks are very big, maybe showing kindness will be more effective than rejection.
All in all, despite of the sensitivity of the issue, the delegations finally agreed that international security is as important as the national. After all, the stake consists in the protection of the human rights, no matter the country people belong to. For all that, the delegations must put aside all their national differences and start acting as one.
By Justina-Alexandra Sava,
HRC Press Officer