10:15 A.M.: you might think that it is still early for waking up on a Saturday. I’m sure you have that image in your head: stretching in bed for another 20 minutes after waking up, knowing that after you have your breakfast you have the whole day for yourself to do whatever you want, like watching a TV show, going out in the park (yes, the rain stopped!), reading your e-mails or whatever procrastination act you may like (consider the idea of going back to sleep for another 2 hours!). Well, this is not the case for the SOCHUM Committee, who has no time to be tired (nope, nobody asked them), taking into account the fact that the smell of coffee and scrambled eggs that lingers on in your cosy bedroom is replaced by the strong espresso and fluctuating morning debates (which are due to start) that take place in Bucharest’s Palace of Parliament.
But enough with the fairy-tale descriptions, let’s get down to business. It seems today that the delegates had a pretty hard night, due to the fact that most of them had some harsh statements. The delegation of Amnesty International opened today’s first caucus by proposing a motion for discussing yesterday’s draft resolution. After the discussion, Saudi Arabia’s delegation conclusion was that one of the resolution’s points, I’m referring to point 9: Encouragement for the immediate release of those considered political prisoners, wasn’t fair, because in Saudi Arabia some of these prisoners are a threat to the national security.
After many other tough statements, Cuba’s delegation affirmed that Romania’s delegation request for the human rights to be protected is also against the Cuban national security. This assertion turned up to be a real ignition point for the delegation of Romania who angrily reacted with a rough statement: “Cuba is not sustaining the freedom of speech!” But wait, there is more: it looks like the Russian Federation’s delegation also doesn’t agree with this resolution: “We can’t accept any international observers in our country, because they have no right to decide what is happening in our country!”. This “Fight club” scene ended with Saudi Arabia’s delegation assertion: “The resolution is against ALL countries, because it is a common one.”
Many unmoderated caucuses followed, consisting of even more controversial statements. The arguing continued.
14:30: the much needed lunch break has ended and it seems that calm seas are coming, considering the fact that all the delegates proceeded to vote a resolution. As I was not allowed to stay inside in the voting time, I don’t know what the result is. It seems like the first rule of SOCHUM is to not talk about SOCHUM, therefore, it looks like I have time to enjoy a nice cup of coffee. Stay tuned!
By Alexandru Dumitrache
SOCHUM Press Officer