High School General Assembly Plenary
Costa Rica


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Flag_of_Costa_Rica_ml.pngCommittee: High School General Assembly Plenary

Topic: Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing, and Crimes against                                    Humanity

                                  Country: The Republic of Costa Rica

                                  Delegate: Valeria Alessandra Ayala Coquil

“Peace is not the product of a victory or a command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions.” ― Oscar Arias (former president of Costa Rica, Nobel Peace prize and defender of human rights)

Topic Background

According to the Genocide Convention (1948), genocide refers to acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Ethnic cleansing most commonly takes the form of genocide and crimes against humanity. Although 70 years have passed since 149 States signed the convention, genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity continue to be committed -the Bosnian civil war in the 90s, the Rohingya refugees crossing from Myanmar to Ba...