About Committee

The Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, or the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), focuses on issues dealing with fundamental human rights in the international community. SOCHUM was founded in 1945 in reaction to the establishment of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The Third Committee promotes and enforces basic freedoms and ideals meant to be enjoyed by the entire international community such as the right to life, the expression of cultures, the freedom of political participation, the protection of children’s rights, and the promotion of social development, among many others. SOCHUM derives its legitimacy from the original United Nations Charter and operates with the goal of designing peaceful settlements for issues within the large spectrum of social, humanitarian, and cultural complications in the international community. This body does so by initiating studies that encourage the proposal of recommendations for the promotion of international cooperation and fundamental freedoms for all.

Agenda Items

  • Combatting Cults and Related Human Rights Violations

By definition, the word ‘’cult’’ derives from the word ‘’cultis’’ and means – all that is involved in worship, ritual, religion, emotion, liturgy. Social scientists define cults as groups that deviate from cultural norms. Under and authoritarian structure most of the time the masses end up being exploited. As the member states you are now in charge of taking required measures and prevent people from being exploited and unstopping an upcoming Jonesville tragedy.

Letter of Under Secretary General

Esteemed participants, It is my distinct pleasure to entertain you as the USG of this year’s MedMUN’20 SOCHUM committee. My name is Melike Or and I am a first year English Language and Literature student at Istanbul University though some of you may know me from my previous conferences attended in Antalya. Firstly I would like to thank Miss Hana Llapashtica for coming forth with the idea of this committee and giving me the opportunity to take part in this conference. With my guidance and that of the remaining academic staff I hope that all of our distinguished delegates will be able to find themselves in a committee which instigates their lust for learning. We should not stray away from the actual aim of MUN conferences which is to instill a sentiment of making a difference and push the youth to find the potential key to a brighter world and safer future for every single individual.
My committee in particular aims to find a resolution regarding the prevention of disruptive cult actions and helping those who have suffered deeply from the hands of manipulative leaders and sick promises which are portrayed as blissful ideals. We as the human race always strive to create our own heaven on earth, to fight for justice in our own way and to distribute it equally. However, there are certain individuals who end up dealing more harm than good. The reason why cults detain such a substantial power over their followers is because they use humanity’s biggest quality but also its weakest spot, the never ending hope it possesses. And when hope is directed in the wrong direction it can be used as the most fatal weapon as you will see during our sessions.
But what about those who menage to escape this drug of hope given by their so called prophets? How can they keep on living when their whole perception is shattered? How can we protect the individuals inside cults and make sure they do not recruit more frail minded people? And how can we look after the rights of children and women born inside these vicious cycles of idealism?
Cults can be found through the world and what is even more alarming is that anyone can get engulfed in their promises in faith of making a difference or believing to have found the right path. Any person of any social class or race may find themselves living by the words of a madman, so I urge all of our prodigious participants to emphasize when tackling the issue at hand. I am looking forward to meeting you all at the conference, and I am eager to hear the prized solutions and opinions coming from all of my delegates.