This committee will be discussing the plaguing issues of islamophobia and the rights of political prisoners. Delegates will explore islamophobia and its eruption into an ideology common among right-wing extremists, European nationalists, and even everyday individuals as the result of the war on terror and biased media. Delegates will have to focus on feasible changes (depending on the presence of free press in any given nation) to governmental media coverage about Islamic ideals and how nations can prevent discrimination against Muslim individuals in the workplace, home, and public spaces. Delegates will also analyze the rights of political prisoners, individuals who are imprisoned due to their opposition to their respective governments. Political prisoners are often motivators of progressive change in their nations, and are vital to the provision of freedom under repressive agencies. However, there is currently no distinction of definition between political prisoners who use violent versus non-violent methods. Delegates will consequently be posed with crafting an internationally agreed upon definition for what constitutes a political prisoner, and how they will distinguish between those who promote improvement of human rights and those who don’t.  Countries will also explore the maintenance of rights for individuals already imprisoned, as provisions against cruel and unusual punishment often don’t extend to political prisoners. Both of these issues will require member nations to balance their own political interests with the goals of this committee in order to effectively promote the improvement of human rights for these subjected individuals.

Third Committee: Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural