United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

A subsidiary of the UN General Assembly, the United Nations Human Rights Council is responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world. Tasked with examining abuses of human rights around the world, the UNHRC has been at the centre of extensive controversy since its creation due to its focus on Israel; the subject of more resolutions by the Council than all other states combined. Given the broad remit and potential of the body, UN Secretary Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki Moon have called for the UNHRC to expand its range of topics of interest. Recent work on Myanmar and Somalia, for example, have provided opportunities for this.

Topic A: Systematic violations of due process and fair trial rights in Saudi Arabia.

Topic B: Modern day technology and the protection of fundamental human rights


Meet your chairs

Syed Ahmed Shah

Dear Delegates,

My name is Syed Ahmed Shah and I will be chairing this year’s UNHRC committee at OXIMUN. I have been involved with Model UN for more than 6 years now. I have chaired at OXIMUN previously as well and I can assure you that you are going to have an ultimate MUN experience.

I have worked with various international and national organisations and have vast experience in human rights. I have specific interest in matters relating to women rights, domestic violence, political affairs and child rights. We are working hard to ensure that you get the ultimate Model UN experience.  If you have any questions with regards to the study-guide or any questions with regards to the topics or the rules and procedures then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Good luck with your preparation and looking forward to seeing you all in November!


Dali Ten Hove

Hi all, it’s a pleasure to be attending OxIMUN with you. I’m Dalí, currently a graduate student of international relations here at Oxford. I’ve participated in Model UN for close to a decade as a delegate, chair and secretariat member. In particular, I served three years on the secretariat of the London International Model United Nations, including as Secretary-General of the 2016 conference.

Before coming to Oxford I worked with a development consulting firm in Somaliland and interned within the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations in New York. I’ve also previously been a member of the governing board of the United Nations Association – UK. I think the UN is a fascinating institution and look forward to exploring it with you!

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