Delegate: Milischia Rezai (23 years)
38. Ms. Rezai (Sweden), speaking as a youth delegate, said that the July 2011 attack that killed 77 innocent people at a youth summer camp in Norway had been a reminder that the forces of racism and Islamophobia continued to exist around the world. The response to that attack had been more openness, democracy and humanity, rather than adding to the spiral of violence.
39. A modern security policy was needed that placed human security first by tackling such issues as [*7*] environmental threats and humanitarian challenges. As a child of immigrants, she was particularly concerned about the plight of refugees. Although race was not explicitly mentioned, immigration restrictions tended to apply overwhelmingly to people of colour. Migrant workers often faced discrimination that was ultimately based on race. Cross-border movement needed to be decriminalized and militarization of borders reversed. The Member States of the United Nations should give teeth to asylum laws and the principle of non-refoulement, and work to ensure compliance with General Assembly resolution 66/172 on the protectionof migrants.
UN Doc.: A/C.3/67/SR.2