Mini Muns

MM of November

About this Mini Mun

The previous mini MUN was a success! Around fifteen students were participated and debated for two hours. The discussed topic was the independentism.

In this globalized world where traveling and living abroad are increasingly common, where products and services are exchanged daily between countries, how can independent claims from regions, groups or movements fbe justified ?

Resolutions voted by students

The first resolution adopted (70% voted in favor) was that the peacekeepers will intervene in case of persecution. In case that the region's will is to become independent such decision willl be accepted.

The second resolution unanimously adopted was to favor cultural integration within nations.

At the end of the session, another debate was launched: Spain supported the Moroccan Sahara independence claim however the previous refused Catalonia's demand. Therefore where should the limits be set? When can we consider that is legitimate to request for independence? Which position should United Nations adopt?

A small article to prepare students

What’s the current political situation in Catalonia

Demonstration in Catalonia

Catalonia is one of the wealthiest region of Spain. It has its own language, parliament, flag, anthem, and even its own police force, health care system, educative system … An independence referendum took place on the 1st October, passed by the parliament of Catalonia, whereas it has been suspended by Spain’s constitutional Court. The results was actually that around 2 millions people voted for independence, 177 thousands voted against independence, and 3 millions didn’t vote. To have an idea, Catalonia has a population of over 7 million people.

The situation is quite confusing as the Catalan leaders (Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and other regional leaders) declared Catalonia as « an independent and sovereign republic », however such action was instantly suspended, then dismissed by the Spanish central government in Madrid.

In order to act against this secessionist movement, Spain’s central government decision was to impose direct rule on Catalonia. One one hand, Regional authorities of Catalonia are now considered by members of the central government as « a group of rebels ». Indeed Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis said that he hopes « everyone will disregard whatever instructions they will be planning to give ». Regional authorities don’t have any legal control over the region any more. Moreover Mr Dastis hopes « everything will be fine » with the intervention of the Mossos de Scuadra, the regional police force. On the other hand, it appears that Catalan authorities will continue to defy Spanish government if they keep reasserting control over the region. They are supported by the crowd, as 450,000 people took part in a demonstration on Sunday in Barcelona to protest and support Catalonia independence.

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