SPECPOL

Special Political and Decolonisation Committee

About

One of the central committees of the United Nations General Assembly, SPECPOL deals with a diverse range of political issues globally. Despite multiple amendments to its mandate, the SPECPOL's primary focus continues to remain on the peaceful and cohesive decolonisation of countries.

Agenda

Question of Tibet


Disputed over centuries, Tibet fights for its sovereignty as the People’s Republic of China lays claim over it. As independent development is debated over, concerns of modern day imperialism and hegemony come to the fore, encompassing issues of persecution, violence, and grave human rights violations.

The Executive Board

Barkha Batra

Chairperson

Dear Delegates,


It’s a pleasure and a privilege to be chairing the SBSMUN once more. I graduated from SBS in 2017 and am now in my third year studying Political Science with a minor in International Relations at Ashoka University. Over these three years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on decolonisation theories and Postcolonial thought for many months. I also have a special academic focus on Refugee Rights in International Law. This committee with its agenda is a perfect blend of both, making it particularly exciting for me to chair.


The agenda at hand is one that delves into various moral, legal, and political questions, and is a challenge the international community has not yet managed to tackle. I look forward to this committee using its resources and mandate to come to a decision that helps the six million people live lives of dignity.


See you in committee!

Jhanvi Natarajan

Vice-Chairperson

Greetings delegates!


The question of Tibet is one of the most controversial agendas the UN has had to face, encompassing serious human rights violations, sovereignty issues, and deep-rooted political and religious disputes. With this multifaceted issue falling under the mandate of the SPECPOL, it is up to you to help resolve it. Your choices will be important to deal with similar situations in the future. I expect you to be well-rehearsed and researched on the mandate of the council, global policies pertaining to the issue and to attempt to maintain an equilibrium between the individual aims of your country and decisions benefiting the international community.


The futures of millions of people are in your hands. Choose wisely and good luck!

Uday Ahuja

Rapporteur

Though the question of Tibet's sovereignty is an old one, the crux of the matter lies in the twin issues of legal debates with an emphasis on historical precedence, and alleged rights violations by China. The nations, while debating the matter, must remember that many of their countries have been through similar debates, often ending up on the wrong side, and therefore should be careful while adopting stances. Recall that the aegis of this committee does not fully extend to Tibet. Lastly, the emphasis should be on the legal claims of both parties, and whether the rights violations negate those claims.