On Tuesday two of our board members gave a lecture to all students in the first year of Liberal Arts & Sciences about our upcoming mini-conference next month. During this lecture they learned more about the basics of MUN, how to step in the shoes of a delegate and some handy tips & tricks to improve a political speech.
After this we did not even wait 24 hours for our next event: Election Night.
On Tuesday night a group of members came together to follow the American elections. From 11pm until about 9am we had discussions, debates and most importantly, followed every step of the way. Unfortunately for most participants the results of the night did not work out the way they hoped for, but that did not stop us from having a great night!
When everyone had gotten rid of the biggest shock of the American elections it was time for this week’s trip to The Hague. On Friday the group first visited Humanity House where our members got a true ‘refugee experience’. After a quick lunch we then traveled to the highlight of the day; The International Criminal Court. In the court everyone first got a quick introduction on the work of the court and the current cases, after this we had the opportunity to witness the case of Bosco Ntaganda.
Mister Ntaganda is the alleged Deputy Chief of Staff and commander of operations of the Union des Patriotes Congolais/Forces Patriotiques pour la Libération du Congo (UPC/FPLC), an organized armed group involved in two conflicts in 2002 and 2003. He has been accused of 13 counts of war crimes and 5 counts of crimes against humanity.
After this impressive visit to the ICC we went back to the city center to tour some political highlights of the city. After a walk past the king’s palace and the parliament we moved inside for some Italian food.
As you can see Tilburg MUN had a busy week this week, but don’t worry if you missed out on any of the activities. We are already planning more workshops (such as the one on the 16th of November), trips and delegations.