Human Rights Council

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Persecution of journalists and independent media in Russia

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The unlawful detainment and harassment of journalists and media within the Russian Federation has been an underlying issue within the state for years. However, this problem has grown exponentially within the modern times due to the development of global communication and an accessible database; using modern devices, the Russian government can track independent sources of news with ease. While Russia itself has adopted media for the spread of propaganda, its destain for the right of speech has grown despite the modernisation of technological weapons for the spread of misinformation. With the wrongful detainment and trials of many correspondents which all display Russia’s breach of UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) that they swore to upkeep (United Nations). 

The situation in the Syrian Arab Republic   

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For almost a decade of the crisis, humanitarian aids within the Syrian Arab Republic remained to be significantly high in terms of its own mass scale, severity and complexity. The United nation has estimated that over 11 million people are still in need of humanitarian aids. Such existence of need is presence mainly due to the constant exposure to hostilities of the civilians, currently there has been a number of significant protections risks to civilians due to continuous hostilities in local areas, and, moreover, in areas where conflicts have been subsided, daily lifestyle for people remained a daily struggle for internally displaced persons (IDPs). Indicating the need of resources is presence is not dependent on the existence of the conflicts. With the newly existed COVID-19 the issue has just escalated, requesting for further aid to be given.

Promoting access to family planning in developing countries

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Family planning is one of the most significant advancements of public healthcare as it decreases fertility rates, which directly reduces health risks for women and children, and improves the economic development in countries. The term “family planning” is defined as “having the desired number of children and when you want to have them by using safe and effective modern methods.” Family planning services include counseling, sex education, access to contraception, access to safe abortions, etc. The use of contraception reduces health risks for women, especially adolescent girls because it avoids pregnancy-related health issues. Access to family planning also advances human rights because it includes the right to life, freedom of opinion, and the right to work and education. However, over 200 million women in developing countries who do not want children lack access to family planning services such as contraceptives and voluntary family planning information. The lack of access to family planning in these developing countries have led to unsafe abortions, high rates of HIV/AIDS, infant death, maternal death, and less education for women. Therefore, it is crucial to provide a feasible and realistic resolution in the Human Rights Council to promote access to family planning in developing countries in order to improve health conditions and economic development in less economically developed countries (LEDCs).