Human Rights Commission
Issue #1: The phenomenon of child soldiers in developing nations.
The use of children in armed conflicts is a phenomenon that has been reported worldwide. Taken from their homes, often involuntarily, these children are placed in situations of extreme physical, mental, and emotional abuse. They are denied their basic human right to a protective and nurturing childhood. Many die, or are disfigured, and are left with emotional scars that never heal. Concerted international efforts are required in order to eradicate the practice of using children in warfare.
Issue #2: Gender pay gap in both developed and developing nations.
Despite advancements in the area of gender equality, gender pay gaps are still pervasive in both developed and developing nations. Unequal pay disparities in wages between men and women, performing the same task, represent one method of gender discrimination. From factories to law offices to hospitals to Hollywood, public awareness is growing regarding this issue. However greater awareness is not sufficient to tackle this problem. There must be consensus among UN member states regarding the mechanisms for achieving equal pay for equal work.
Issue #3: EU increasing border security and its impact on refugees.
Human rights may sometimes appear to take a backseat when compared to issues of national security. As a result of devastating conflicts and destructive financial crisis, the world today is witnessing increasing levels of illegal migration. The European Union has recently experienced a one of the sharpest increase in the levels of illegal migration from certain areas in the Middle East and North Africa. While recognizing the right of sovereign nations to protect their borders, we must also recognize the rights of refugees seeking safety and asylum. Essentially a balance must be struck that respects issues of national security while protecting the basic human rights that the UN upholds.