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TRADER NEWS THE TRIDENT Issue #2 June 15th, May 2013 2016

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NUMUN formally welcomes delegates to its conference

The representative of

Nottingham Malaysia Model United Nations hosted a formal welcoming dinner for the participants of NUMUN at the end of the conference’s second day of proceedings.

Laos (ASEAN), stressed

Needless to say, the Great Hall served a variety of local Malay food and was a very relaxed environment, like the previous night’s BBQ at the Amphitheatre. Chairs and delegates were encouraged to socialize with each other and incredible amounts of space was used in photographing the event.

to arbitrate problems of

that it would be “doublestandards” for a country Human Rights Violation in another countries when they have issues of their own to resolve.

The Charge d’Affaires, Thomas Wong Mo Xiang, spoke a few words albeit the Delegate of Canada (GA) proclaiming his love for Thomas in the middle of his informal speech.

- GA HRC Press Corps

In This Issue

Photo credits: Farrah Norzam

General Assembly (HRC) discusses amending the Human Rights Charter to embrace legal torture.

ECOSOC’s shocking turn of events

ASEAN’s human trafficking dilemma

NUMUN’s Formal Dinner for delegates

The General Assembly Human Rights Council during session Photo credits: Farrah Norzam

Germany: Legalize Torture of detainees By: Basil Abdulrahim

Many of the delegates chose to present their working papers during the second day of the NUMUN. The Russian Federation delegate presented a rather mundane working paper; a few interesting points that other delegates felt obliged to applaud and share the same opinion. “Good afternoon, Chair”, the Delegate of Netherlands started. This reporter was not sure as to which person, or chair, Netherlands was addressing. Nevertheless, as trying to tackle some major points in the Russian Federation’s paper, Netherlands struck the audience and members of the house with: “The international law would like to think about the individual”. This reporter was also lost as to how to get a comment from the international law, itself, about the issue. However, the UK agreed to the paper presented by the Delegate of Russia; “In order to make it perfect ….”, the delegate of the UK so warm-heartedly opened his statement. Not long afterwards, France was strongly against the working paper, suggesting how pointless it will be not to grant the working group any power. Somalia, with a great deal of athletic hand gestures, shared a similar opinion.

Germany did not completely disagree but chose to extend on some points and ask Russia to further expand some points of the working paper. Germany did not stop there – his working paper suggested a removal of the human rights clause in the UN Charter to legalize torture. When Germany was asked by the Press Corps to comment, he replied, “I believe it is extremely hard to set conditions as to when and why torture can be used, but acknowledge that torture is also needed to obtain information in some cases. Maybe a special body regulating arbitrary arrests and torture can be introduced which, after the body’s approval, torture is carried out.” Can Human Rights be amended to any ones favor, then? The Delegate of Somalia also went on to add, “Sometimes, torture must be necessary in emergency cases; not all forms should be banned.” The USA however was attacked ferociously by most of the delegates. The GA President briefed the council during an informal session to stop harassing the USA. This chastisement was followed with a livelier atmosphere with the president clearly unable to let go of her Coke can in her own way, resulting in some fruitful comments flying around and decorum was not an option.

Main Quotes: Somalia, with a great deal of athletic hand gestures, shared a similar opinion. ——————————When Germany was asked by Press Corps to comment, he replied, “I believe it is extremely hard to set conditions as to when and why torture can be used, but acknowledge that torture is also needed to obtain information in some cases. Maybe a special body regulating arbitrary arrests and torture can be introduced which, after the body’s approval, torture is carried out.” —————-—————

The Council Chairs during session of the GA (HRC) Photo credits: Farrah Norzam

Government funds and Working Papers

ECOSOC during an unmoderated caucus; working Papers being drafted. Photo credits: Farrah Norzam

Shocking Turn of Events The harmless battle continues on to a new day By: MOHAMED ABIZHER MOHAMED Continuing on with ‘Preserving the environment through promoting renewable energy sources’, the council started with Italy, Netherlands, Somalia, South Africa and Spain not present - with one other delegate backing out completely from ECOSOC. The delegates had to come up with effective resolutions to combat the issue in hand. For most of the countries, this turned out to be pretty efficient as they had some excellent and insightful ideas. A working paper compiled mainly by the Delegate of Norway was set up first for discussion. Though it was very informative, not many solutions and innovative ideas were provided - resulting in a slightly heated debate between the delegates on what was lacking in the resolution. The Delegate of Libya had commented that while aid is undermining to countries, they should find a way to suitably trade rather than developed countries aiding the developing countries. This definitely caught the attention of the Committee and the Vice President, Lyn Mak, actually suggested the delegates to discuss the

Subsequently, the Council moved on to the second working paper which was mainly drafted by the Delegate of Cote d’Ivoire, whose concise and straight to the point working paper stunned a few. An important and recurring issue in the house was whether funds should be given to governments, whether the money would go for the correct cause or not. Another repetitive dispute was how education for renewable energy should not only be taught in schools and colleges, but also to the general public; for those who cannot afford, or are not be able, to attend any learning institute. The third working paper by the Delegate of Argentina was well received by the council; however, Cote d’Ivoire and USA had two decent counter arguments that made Argentina take a step back in shock. This followed by a Moderated Caucus and two more failed motions. Most members were pretty worn out by the time lunch rolled in but two more working papers followed; one a continuation of Norway’s first one and the second a continuation of Argentina’s. The common problem was the lack of funds to provide a sufficient eco-friendly environment.

Session #5: The Fast and the Furious Time was running out and decisions needed to be made fast; the Council rushed through the sixth working paper submitted by Belgium with not a lot of comments by the house. That is when the first draft resolution was issued by none other than Cote d’Ivoire. The two main points brought before the council to criticize the Draft Resolution was how to obtain the funds for renewable energy, and secondly how to monitor and ensure the funds were being used for the right reasons. Argentina was given the opportunity to speak against the Draft Resolution, and this reporter must say, she easily succeeded in shaking the submitter’s boots. Four amendments were provided and all four were passed within a really short time. The committee really felt the pressure since this was the second-last session of the event.

(Above) ECOSOC delegates trying to reach a common ground on possible Resolutions. (Right below) Delegates in a heated tug or war Photo credits: Farrah Norzam

Argentina then opted for two more motions for the moderated caucus which were both passed and discussed with dissatisfying results. What will happen on the last day of the NUMUN? Whose resolution will be victorious? We guess we shall find out soon.

ASEAN Council Steps it Up By: Aroma Ahmed Maqbool

The second day of the ASEAN council debates kick started with further enthusiasm, as compared to the previous day. More of the delegates seemed assertive and keen to proceed with the day’s discussions with significant moderate caucuses being motioned. The Philippines and Vietnam delegates questioned Indonesia’s motion of granting legal immunity to victims of human trafficking. Laos’ delegate, on the other hand, was in favour of this motion but stated it should only be provided to victims at the current moment and not after they have been liberated. After much silence from yesterday’s conference, Thailand’s delegate expressed quite a few opinions on this topic. The Council Chair released an article on trafficking in Thailand which resulted in a fiery debate between the delegates of Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines. Myanmar then enlivened the argument by declaring the government condemns Thailand to hand in their Navy over to Myanmar and they will reprimand them consequently for the trafficking that occurred recently. Malaysia’s delegate persisted on Myanmar’s need for help from other ASEAN countries and insisted that ASEAN should intervene, when obligatory, to help resolve an issue within those countries. The delegate of Philippines further backed Malaysia’s point of view by adding to the point that the situation would get worse if Myanmar would not be able to solve the problem of trafficking on its own. The representative of Laos, on the other hand, stressed that it would be “double-standards” for a country to arbitrate problems of Human Rights Violation in another countries when they have issues of their own to resolve.


The delegates of Cambodia and Brunei focusing intently on the discussion at hand. Photo credits: Farrah Norzam

Cambodia’s delegate was much more active today and raised an important question on how to protect refugees when they themselves are violating Immigration Laws.

(From far left) Two members of Admin Staff, UNMUN Press Corps reporter Aroma Maqbol, Under-Secretary General Ahmed Al-Marwani, during ASEAN’s fourth session Photo Credits: Farrah Norzam

During the General Speakers list, Indonesia expressed its concerns about rape victims of human trafficking. The argument took a more sensitive turn, when the delegate of Philippines rose to a Point of Information, claiming that Indonesia was looking for a way to get rid of the six-week law regarding rape victims to perform abortion. The delegate of Laos, thought, indicated that such delicate and private conditions should be left to the females who have been victimized in this case, and they get to have the final say on whether they wish to abort or not, rather than the state deciding.

As the session dragged into the afternoon after a greatly earned lunch, delegates returned to their assigned conference rooms to proceed with session four of the three day debates. Most delegates were still active at this point, and seemed eager to express their viewpoints on certain matters.

Malaysia then proposed a moderated caucus on illegalizing prostitution as a pre-emptive step to eliminating trafficking of woman. She suggested that if prostitution industries have been pursued, a suitable penalty would be to seize all the money and assets gained by these industries, and rehabilitate it to the victims. Nearing the end of the debate, the president of the Council motioned for a moderated caucus. The delegates went into an unmoderated caucus and returned to the council with three draft resolutions promising to be efficient. As the first draft resolution submitted by the delegate of Laos was read through, members articulated their concerns on certain aspects of it requesting for amendments. Brunei’s amendment to the draft resolution was to identify the word ‘debt bondage’ as a form of human trafficking. As the open debate continued, the delegate of Philippines trashed Laos’ draft resolution. One cannot be sure if this was with pure intention of perfecting the resolution, or exhaustion was creeping up on all the delegates leading to such a reaction.

The Delegate of Malaysia (ASEAN) speaking before the council Photo credits: Farrah Norzam

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“The debate today was refreshing and moved well. It was better than Day 1, and there is always a post-lunch affect of the delegates. They were getting comfortable.” - Brian, Chairperson GA “Delegates showed more interest during the third and fourth sessions. Looks like the council will be debating some very promising resolutions on Day 3.” - Dhirrin, Chairperson GA “The President was deprived of her dose of sugar so she ended up scaring the delegates. She apologizes for her schizo behavior. Please do not be afraid!” - S. Mishaal Pervaiz, GA President “The delegates were motivated to speak and find solutions to the issue at hand, in comparison to the first two sessions.” - Akash, GA Vice-President ECOSOC: “Day 2 was eventful, impressive too in the sense that the number of working papers, moderated caucus’ and draft resolutions introduced was unexpected considering the relative inexperience of the majority of our delegates.” - Lyn Mak, Vice-President UNEP

like Swiss cheese; full of (555) 555-0123 holes!” The Delegate of Malaysia Visit on the web GA’s at to theusUSA, during session: “Does the all-girl Korean pop group pose a ‘terrorist’ threat?” During a very emotionally charged speech, the Delegate of Somalia (GA) proclaimed this about detainees: “ order to get rid of delegates that are guilty…”


Nottingham University Model United Nations Newsletter Edition #1, Issue #2

NUMUNA PRESS CORPS Director of Press S. Minaal Pervaiz

Press Corps members Aroma Ahmed Maqbol Basil Abdulrahim Mohamad Abizher Mohamad


The second in a three part series of Nottingham Malaysia's MUN Press Corps publication.