MiniMUN: Week 5 – From Tahrir to Pussy Riot


We often take open political debate for granted. But many groups around the world are silenced by their their government or their society. The recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, and the trial and imprisonment of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, are two opposite examples of oppressed peoples demanding their right to political expression. In both cases, the most prominent voices were those of young adults, dissatisfied with the opportunities provided to them, and angry with their government’s blatant disregard for their opinions, needs and wants. In fact, young people are continually disenfranchised around the world, whether by systematic means, or by subtle disincentivisation as is the case in the USA, the UK, and Australia. But how can the international system assist in the struggle for this fundamental human right?

To explore this complex and challenging area of international politics, Sydney University UN Society will be holding its Week 5 MiniMUN on the topic ‘From Tahrir to Pussy Riot: Freedom of Political Communcation in Emerging Democracies’.

For this event, we are honoured to announce that Dan Ryan, UN Youth Australia Ambassador to the United Nations, will be joining us to share his personal experiences with youth enfranchisement, and to gather opinions for his upcoming address to the UN General Assembly in New York. Dan is currently on a nationwide Listening Tour, to hear from young people all over Australia. If you have a specific issue that you wish would be raised on the world stage, or you would like to share an opinion on a current issues, or you would like to be a part of the process of setting the agenda for the United Nations, Dan is eager to discuss anything and everything with you.

After Dan’s presentation and roundtable, Doc will be hosting a MiniMUN on the right to political expression. Following the success of our last MiniMUN, we will again have a short interactive briefing, to help everyone engage with the topic. And afterward, there will be dinner!

The event is next Tuesday (the 28th of August) from 5pm. Doc looks forward to seeing you all there!

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