The Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) is the fourth committee of the United Nations General Assembly and covers a diverse set of political issues, ranging from maintaining peace in the Middle East, decolonization, refugees and human rights to space exploration, mine action, and public information. The SPECPOL Committee will cover two separate topics. In Topic A delegates will be tasked with combating the use of enforced disappearances to spread terror. Victims of enforced disappearances are people who have literally disappeared from their loved ones and their community. They go missing when state officials (or someone acting with state consent) grabs them from the street or from their homes and then denies it, or refuses to say where they are. Regarding Topic A, delegates will be expected to tackle this issue from both a humanitarian and a security point of view. Topic B will cover the current question of the existence of the Kurdish State and the international community’s response to it. After World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire the Kurds were given a small homeland when the Treaty of Sevres, which broke up the Ottoman Empire, was signed on August 10th 1920. However, when the Treaty of Lausanne, which redrew the borders of Turkey, was signed in 1923, this small homeland ceased to exist. Since then the Kurds have been on the forefront of conflict. With this topic, the committee will talk about potential solutions for the Kurdistan conflict and will discuss in detail the role of the Kurds in recent years in leading the fight against non-state terror groups such as the Islamic State

Fourth Committee: Special Political and Decolonization

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