The 2019 6th International Model UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review successfully took place on 11-14 August 2019. It provided a unique space for 40 young students from around the world, mostly East Asia (Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea) to learn about the process of the Universal Periodic Review(UPR) system and embody its values. The event has been held annually since 2013 for domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students. From 2018 onward, the event expanded to become an international conference, for residents in Japan and Hong Kong. This year, Human Asia, Korea University Human Rights Center, City University of Hong Kong, and International Christian University co-organized the event with the support of the following sponsors: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, UN Human Rights Office Seoul, and Daesan Agriculture Foundation.
The event featured the social night, the two-day finals, and the human rights tour and panel discussion, providing these young students with an opportunity to share their ideas and opinions regarding how to protect and promote human rights in East Asia, and think together about the specific thematic issues. This year’s thematic issues to be covered throughout the finals were (a) the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; (b) the Rights of the Child; (c) Technology & the Right to Privacy; (d) Women’s Rights; and (e) the Rights of Prisoners and Detainees.
We would like to express our deep gratitude for the excellent support and hospitality everyone involved provided to us. Also, we truly hope that it has offered the participants a fruitful experience and insights that can support them to advance their professional and academic career. Once again, we are immensely grateful for every enthusiasm and commitment surrounding the event.