Published on February 10, 2019
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United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
Our committee, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR I & II), is a historical re-imagining of the UN Security Council’s UNAMIR mandate and its aftermath (1993 – onwards). After heavy fighting between the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front and the Hutu-majority Rwandan Armed Forces in the Rwandan Civil War, a tentative peace agreement dubbed the Arusha Accords was proposed to bring balance to the two forces. UN help in implementing the Arusha Accords was requested and thus the UNAMIR was born in October 1993. After less a year in operation, the UNAMIR faced devastating setbacks ultimately culminating into a systematic ethnic cleansing of Tutsi and moderate Hutu civilians in Rwanda. Deemed as one of the largest and most brutal genocides in recent history, the Rwandan genocide led to the mass murder and displacement of millions of Rwandan civilians. As members of the UN Security Council, it is up to you on how UNAMIR will play its role in mitigating horrific acts of ethnic cleansing and in assisting the resettlement process. Most importantly, it is up to all members of our UNSC committee to avoid the inadequacies and major failures of the 1993 UNAMIR in our re-imagining of the Rwandan Civil War.
Topic A: Framework for the Mitigation of Ethnic Cleansing in Rwanda
Topic B: Establishing Protocols for Resettlement and the International Tribunal
Letter from the Chair
Dear Esteemed Delegates:
Hello! My name is William Wen and I will be serving as your chair this year for the UNSC: United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda committee. I look forward to meeting you all in February but before we met vis-à-vis, here is a short introduction of myself.
I am currently a senior studying Molecular Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins University. This is my fourth year staffing specialized at JHUMUNC, second year chairing a committee. As this will be my last MUN conference, I will be working extra hard with my team to ensure a spectacular committee this conference. More about my personal self, I love urban dance, EDM music (a raver in the making), and exploring good food. Although I may come off as serious, I’m pretty goofy at heart and will try to make committee as fun as possible without losing the learning process.
As for my expectations for this committee: I expect each and everyone of you to come prepared for sessions full of critical thinking, constructive debate, and collaboration. The purpose of this committee is not only to solve the difficult issue at hand, but to also learn from history and from each other on how to become a more conscientious leader and a critical thinker. I hope that when you leave this committee in February, you will have found ways that you can change the world for the better.
If you have any questions regarding anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or my team. Thank you, and I look forward to meeting you all.
Chair, United Nations Security Council (UNSC)