Published on February 10, 2019
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Generalitat de Catalunya
Following the ratification of the Spanish Constitution in 1978, the relationship between Spain and Catalunya has been complex and often times contentious. Catalunya’s continuous struggle for greater political and economic freedom has been a reoccurring point of dispute between the two governments. The turning point in this conflict finally occurred in 2017, when the government of Catalunya declared a referendum on Catalan independence. The Spanish government’s subsequent response to the referendum – declaring it illegal and using brute force to stop it – was perceived as unnecessarily aggressive and illiberal, further complicating relations between the two governments. The conflict has progressively soured since the referendum in 2017, with the focus now being on the release of jailed Catalan politicians and the Catalan peoples’ right to nationhood. This committee will investigate these issues and attempt to reach a conclusion with the government of Spain.
Topic A: Catalan peoples' right to nationhood/right to vote for independence
Topic B: A new Catalunya within the EU
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Welcome to JHUMUNC 2020! My name is Hana Kadir and I am extremely honored and excited to serve as your chair for the Spanish Constitutional Crisis, 2017! I am a current senior originally from Dallas, Texas studying International Studies and Sociology on the pre-med track. Outside of JHUMUNC, I’m involved with the Sexual Assault Resource Unit (SARU), UMR, Nourish International, and conduct research on conflict resolution in local middle schools through the International Studies department. In my free time I enjoy going on runs, drinking good coffee, and spending time with friends. This will be my fourth year participating in JHUMUNC. In the past, I’ve served as a dais for the Historical WHO and SOCHUM, and as a chair for the International Finance Corporation.
I spent a semester living in Catalunya and am very interested in the constitutional crisis, particularly the Catalan peoples’ right to decide their sovereignty. In this committee we will be discussing some of the most topical issues related to the current political conflict between the governments of Spain and Catalunya – issues that politicians are working to resolve even today! I am so excited to provide you with the opportunity to build your own opinions and skills on these topics and hope you all take away something special from this conference! Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting all of you at JHUMUNC 2020 and Viva Catalunya!
Chair, Generalitat de Catalunya
JHUMUNC Session XXIII