Yesterday, on Saturday, December 10, in honor of Human Rights Day, Burch Diplomacy Club organized a mock session of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the topic “The Treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.”
Fifteen students from four universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo, International Burch University, the Law Faculty of the University in East Sarajevo, and the Law Faculty of the University in Sarajevo – participated in the mock session.
The topic was chosen because it is an example of a little talked about instance where human rights are violated on a daily basis for a large group of people with near impunity by virtually all sectors of society.
“There are human rights atrocities happening across the world that are hardly mentioned in the mainstream media compared to, say, those in Iraq and Syrian. The worst of the worst is arguably the persecution that Rohingya Muslims face on a daily basis and have been facing for decades. We do not wish to minimize the suffering endured by other people, but we feel a need to highlight the suffering faced by the Rohingya people – a stateless, defenseless, and unwanted minority group,” said Burch Diplomacy Club president and mock UNSC chairperson Amer Kurtović.
Mrs. Jasminka Džumhur, the Ombudsman for Human Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina and vice-president of the United Nations Committee on the Protection of Migrant Workers, opened the session with a brief speech about the universality of human rights and the importance of protecting them everywhere and every time.
In three distinct sessions, the participants discussed possible remedies for the situation of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and eventually came to the conclusion that suited the interests of all represented countries.
In essence, a strongly-worded resolution that encourages Myanmar to grant and then protect human rights of the Rohingya people, at the same time pledging targeted sanctions against the perpetrators of the worst atrocities and establishing a fund to assist neighboring states where the Rohingya are migrating to in order to avoid persecution, was adopted.
The delegates enjoyed participating in the mock session and taking the role of various countries in the United Nations Security Council, most expressing a desire to repeat this experience in one way or another.
The honor of best delegate went to Branislava Petković of the Law Faculty in East Sarajevo, the delegate of New Zealand, while honorable mention went to Fatima Pobrklić of the Law Faculty in Sarajevo, the delegate of Egypt.
Burch Diplomacy Club is glad to have hosted the mock session in cooperation with the Department of International Relations and European Studies and looks forward to hosting similar events in the future.