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CNGMUN Days 2/3 - GLS- A shift in conversation; Should freedom of speech be punished?

The Global Leaders Summit Model United Nations  Committee witnessed an engaging exchange of ideas on two critical topics: jus ad bellum and freedom of speech. Influential figures from various spheres of influence, including activism, politics, and historical leadership, contributed to a fruitful dialogue that explored the complexities surrounding these fundamental principles in international relations.

During the first session, esteemed personalities such as Malala Yousafzai, Donald Trump, Mahatma Gandhi, and Otto von Bismarck deliberated on jus ad bellum, examining the just causes for war. Their diverse perspectives, informed by activism, political strategy, and historical contexts, enriched the discussion and highlighted the ethical considerations at play in decisions regarding the use of force on the global stage.

In the second session, the discourse shifted to the topic of freedom of speech, drawing insights from an equally distinguished roster of delegates, including Kim Jong-Un, Vladimir Putin, Michel Foucault, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, and Mao Zedong. The multifaceted viewpoints presented by these delegates reflected the internal dynamics of their respective countries and underscored the intricate relationships between political figures and the ideals they espouse.

A heated debate was started by Ghandi and Putin as their views on freedom of speech were complete opposites. On the last day of the committee, Kim Jong-un, Mao Zedong, and Vladimir Putin asserted their reasons for restricting freedom of speech in their countries, accusing the western delegates of being responsible for the deaths of their people because of this freedom of speech. This particular accusation was made by Putin towards Thomas Jefferson; The Russian leader said that “There has been more violence in your countries than ours, and I attribute that to freedom of speech”. This statement was backed by Zedong and Jong-Un, though strongly opposed by Ghandi, who brought up all three countries’ practices of forced labor and imprisonment as punishment to those who opposed them. Mao Zedong ended the session by affirming that "Citizens should be managed so they can live a happy life without worrying about what goes on in their country”. Is he suggesting that citizens should live in blissful ignorance to the atrocities done by their governments? 

02/10/24. Escrito por L. Concha y L. García.

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