Aashim Vaish is a Junior at Harvard studying Economics and Mathematical Sciences. He grew up in Mumbai but spent most of his high school in Greenwich, CT. He is interested in international development and constitutional law. To this end, he has spent his summers researching microfinance, human capital in emerging markets and the historiography of impeachment for different professors at Harvard. On campus, he writes for a satire publication and performs in their annual musical (singing satirically, of course). Also, he has been recently courted (pun intended) by Squash and competes on the Harvard Club Squash Team. Ashim participated in Model UN in high school, but this is his first WorldMUN experience and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Topic A: Securing the Rights of the Rohingya in South Asia
On September 11th, 2017, the United Nations’ top human rights official labelled the treatment of the 1.2 million Rohingya muslims by the Myanmar government as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” The humanitarian crisis that has been unfolding since 2012 has involved the stripping of political and civil rights of the group, the displacement of thousands of civilians and importantly, extra-judicial killings, torture, sexual violence and the destruction of property by the army. Leaders across the world have called for action to be taken in the Rakhine state to secure the rights and safety of the Rohingya Muslims. What specific steps should the Myanmar government be asked to take? How should the Human Rights Council assert the principles espoused in the Universal Declaration of Human rights?