About The I-Model UN UPR

The ‘International Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (I-Model UN UPR)’ is an academic simulation where participants role-play as delegates from different countries – specifically the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China and Japan – within the UPR human rights protection mechanism, of the UN Human Rights Council. It is a unique opportunity for young people to engage in a hands-on learning experience whilst gaining practical and theoretical knowledge on human rights. Thoughout the I-Model UN UPR simulation, participants examine contemporary human rights issues in Asia, and analyse and propose sustainable solutions for human rights protection and promotion vis-à-vis UN human rights mechanisms. As a unique format of the Model United Nations program, the I-Model UN UPR simulates the procedures of the international human rights system in a innovative and engaging manner; expanding local horizons and forwarding regional cooperation on human rights.

Objectives of the I-Model UN UPR

  • To become responsible members of the international community through expanding the understanding of human rights situations from the perspectives of their representing country,
  • To increase awareness of human rights issues in the Republic of Korea,  the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China, and Japan and broaden views of the world through the interactive discussion of current human rights challenges faced in each country,
  • To understand the importance of the UPR process as an effective mechanism to strengthen the national human rights system,
  • To develop academic and practical skills, such as research, public speaking, writing, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership through experiencing diplomatic languages and atmosphere.

How does it work?

  • The I-Model UN UPR is designed in the same format as the UN Human Rights Council UPR process, comprising of the States Under Review, the Working Group, and the Troika Group (for more information, please see the Rules of Procedure) .
  • The event itself is held over two days and consists of four reviews. Two reviews are performed each day. Each review has a 100-minute interactive dialogue between the government delegation of the State Under Review and the Working Group.
  • The four States Under Review are: the Republic of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, China, and Japan.
  • Each delegation team will review human rights in the other countries and in their domestic realms.
  • After the conclusion of the reviews on each day, the States prepare a final report, which summarizes all recommendations, comments, and responses to the questions raised by the Working Group during the review.

Organizers

Founded in January 2006, Human Asia is a non-profit human rights organization which strives to establish a regional human rights protection system (presently absent only in Asia) and realize the peaceful co-existence of the diverse cultures of Asia. In order to strengthen respect for human rights, and to create an “open and human-oriented Asia’ free from any kind of discrimination, Human Asia conducts research to establish a regional human rights protection system, educates and trains young human rights activists, undertakes human rights advocacy activities, campaigns, and humanitarian aid, and collaborates with governments and civil society.

KU Human Rights Center is an affiliate institution of Korea University, established to provide adequate human rights education, improve human rights related issues and aid as well as support those in need under the KU motto of liberty, justice and truth. KU Human Rights Center provides counseling to any possible human rights related programs; and through diverse forums and international relations, aims to bring up the human rights sensitivity of fellow KU members and continue domestic and international research on human rights.

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) was founded in 1994, with 8 colleges and 26 departments. It aims to nurture and develop the talents of students and to create applicable knowledge in order to support social and economic advancement. As a modern, international university, CityU emphasizes diversity, intercultural learning and global vision. Distinguished faculty members are recruited from all over the world, including Hong Kong, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. CityU has established an excellent international network for academic collaborations and developed global agreements with about 350 prestigious institutions. The goals of CityU are to pursue excellence, promote innovation and nurture creativity for our society and the world. Its vision is to be a leading university for professional education in Asia, committed to the cross-fertilisation and mutual enrichment of different cultures and intellectual traditions for human betterment.

International Christian University was established in 1949 for the promotion of a country open to the world seeking to nurture individuals who can contribute actively to a peaceful future for humankind. CU holds as its mission the education, based on Christian ideals, of individuals of conscience, internationally cultured and with a strong sense of citizenship in a democratic society, who will contribute to the establishment of lasting peace. This mission is embodied in three commitments, namely its international, Christian, and academic commitments, as clearly expressed in the name of the institution, International Christian University.

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