From the rise of civilization (November 13, 2002) up until a particularly brutal collision with reality (April 1, 2008), nations toiled under the banner of the World Assembly's predecessor, an organization that now Cannot Be Named, but sounded a lot like "United Stations." Although this grand institution is no longer, its incomparable volume of law shall stand forever.
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #144
Repeal "Gay Rights"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
Proposed by: Omigodtheykilledkenny
Description: UN Resolution #12: Gay Rights (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
Argument: This Assembly,
AFFIRMING that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals are deserving of full and equal protection under the law;
REAFFIRMING its earlier stance in Resolution #99: Discrimination Accord, that the resolution Gay Rights "in practice does virtually nothing to protect citizens' rights";
VOICING its concern that keeping poor, ineffectual legislation such as Resolution #12 on the books will do nothing to advance the cause for human rights, and will in fact hamper this body's ability to make further strides in that arena;
ACKNOWLEDGING that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals are ALREADY afforded substantial protections under international law through past declarations of this body; protections including, but not limited to:
1) Freedom to marry individuals of the same sex or gender;
DEEMING the Gay Rights resolution redundant and unnecessary;
MINDFUL that it is in the interests of the United Nations to streamline and strike out superfluous and ineffective legislation;
RECOGNIZING that the enactment of this article will NOT permit member states to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals; hereby
REPEALS Resolution #12: Gay Rights.
Votes For: 8,084 (60%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #145
Repeal "Abortion Rights"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
Description: UN Resolution #61: Abortion Rights (Category: Human Rights; Strength: Significant) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
Argument: RECOGNIZES that abortion is an issue where good people on each side of this issue disagree.
PRAISES the concern for women in crisis and with needs.
POINTS OUT Resolution #61 provides no details or reasons for it's argument.
EMPHASIZES Resolution #61 does not limit abortion to "Women's health" during later trimesters, but allows a woman to have an abortion for any reason whatsoever (age, gender of the baby, etc.), for no reason whatsoever, without parental consent, without spousal consent, and at any any point up to and including the ninth month of pregnancy.
ACKNOWLEDGES this repeal will not prohibit any abortions, but permit it to be a daily issue in which a nation may decide this issue for themselves.
NOTES people are passionate on both sides of this issue and repealing this issue will indeed be "pro-choice" (member nations may choose to permit abortions for any reason, limit it as they deem necessary, or prohibit).
CONSIDERS the further medical technology of prenatal surgery deeming the unborn child as a "patient" and questions if abortion does not protect the rights of these individuals based on their location.
QUESTIONS if women are able to make informed choices without further research into the pychological and emotional side effects of such a common surgical procedure.
REPEALS resolution #61 "Abortion Rights"
Votes For: 7,630 (54%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #146
Workplace Safety Act
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.
Category: Human Rights
Proposed by: Yeldan UN Mission
Description: NOTING the absence of UN legislation guaranteeing the safety of employees while in the workplace;
RESOLVED to establish a common standard of workplace safety in all UN nations;
BELIEVING that employees have the right to safe working conditions while at the workplace and that employers have a responsibility to provide a healthy and safe work environment;
DEFINING, for the purposes of this resolution:
the United Nations hereby,
ENACTS the following:
(1)Each employer shall make every reasonable effort to furnish a place of employment which is free from hazards that could cause death or serious physical harm to his employees and inform employees as fully as possible of potential hazards.
(2)Workplaces must be maintained in such a condition that employees will not be exposed to excessive danger.
(3)Every employer must ensure that regular inspections are made of all workplaces and work methods and practices, at intervals that will prevent the development of unsafe working conditions.
(4)Employers shall, where applicable, inform employees of any Personal Protective Equipment required. The minimum standard of PPE is that which will prevent injury or harm to the employee considering all known or anticipated hazards within the specific workplace. All employees must provide or be provided with, and be required to use, the minimum standard of PPE. Employers shall also provide formal training in the use of PPE and in safe operational procedures for all employees, plus updates whenever significant new procedures are introduced.
(5)The employer must ensure that each tool, machine and piece of equipment in the workplace is capable of safely performing the functions for which it is used and operated.
(6)Employers shall ensure that each employee complies with all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to the employee's own actions and conduct.
(7)Employers must not knowingly permit employees to enter or remain at the workplace while the employee's ability to work safely is so notably impaired as to endanger the employee and/or anyone else, or diminish their ability to operate machinery safely.
(8)Employers shall ensure that employees do not engage in any inappropriate activity or behavior at a workplace that might create or constitute a hazard to themselves or to any other person.
(9)All UN member nations are encouraged to enact workplace safety legislation at the national level that would further expand on the concepts embodied within this act. Nothing in this legislation shall be taken as forcing or inducing nations to lower existing national standards of workplace safety.
(10)Each UN member nation shall ensure that within it there exist one or more adequately funded governmental bodies that can inspect work sites and ensure compliance with this act throughout its territory.
Co-Authored by UNOG
Votes For: 9,792 (66%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #147
Abortion Legality Convention
A resolution to restrict civil freedoms in the interest of moral decency.
Category: Moral Decency
Description: The United Nations,
REAFFIRMING Article 5 of The Universal Bill of Rights, that no one may be subjected to cruel or inhuman treatment,
RECOGNISING that both scientific and moral opinion remains, and is likely to remain, irreparably divided over the issue of at what stage human life begins,
ACKNOWLEDGING that there are many societies within the NSUN that would consider a fetus, and especially a developed fetus in the third trimester, to possess human characteristics and be deserving of special protection, whilst others would not,
REGRETTING that such divisions render global resolution over abortion unlikely,
SEEKING to establish a fair compromise:
1. DECLARES that states have the right to declare abortion legal or illegal, and to pass legislation extending or restricting the right to an abortion;
2. RECOMMENDS that in cases of rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or where the continuation of the pregnancy poses severe medical risk to the mother, states permit abortion procedures;
3. URGES states to prevent the Intact Dilation and Extraction (IDX or 'partial birth') procedure;
4. CALLS FOR increased international research in fetal development, so as to develop greater understanding of the ramifications of abortion;
5. REMINDS states that in the absence of completely reliable contraception, there may always remain a demand for abortion, and that legalisation and regulation is more likely to provide sanitary abortion possibilities.
Authored by Gruenberg
Votes For: 8,993 (71%)
HISTORICAL RESOLUTION #148
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
Category: Free Trade
Proposed by: St Edmund
Description: Argument: The United Nations,
NOTING that accurate forecasting of the weather and of changes in the climate can be very useful for the agriculture, fishing, tourism and transport industries, as well as for nations populations in general;
NOTING that weather patterns are unlikely to fit neatly within national borders, especially when types of weather with potentially serious effects are involved, and that climate changes can have world-wide effects;
NOTING that the more information is available the more accurately weather-forecasting models can be designed and used;
REALISING that nations may be reluctant to share information about their current and predicted weather when they are at war, because that information might be of use to their enemies;
ESTABLISHES the International Meteorological Organisation [or IMO] to collect information about weather, climate changes, and methods for forecasting these; to help develop better forecasting methods; and to disseminate this information to any cooperating UN member-nations whose governments request it;
STRONGLY URGES the governments of UN member-nations to cooperate with the IMO by supplying it with all of the relevant information that they possess;
STRONGLY URGES any governments of UN member-nations who choose to restrict the spread of relevant information during wartime to cooperate with the IMO by saving that information so that it can be sent to the IMO for research purposes after those hostilities have ended;
INSTRUCTS the IMO to cooperate with any other UN agencies that might also have an interest in the subject, such as [for example] the Natural Disaster Assessment Organisation or the Tsunami Emergency Warning Centre, within any limits set by the resolutions which created those agencies;
OFFERS the services of the IMO to any nations that are not members of the UN, if their governments are willing to pay a negotiated contribution towards its expenses and to send it all relevant information that they possess, except for any such nations that are at war with any UN member-nations;
REQUIRES that any information that the IMO has supplied to national governments shall only be passed to any subsequent users free of charge, rather than sold either by those governments or by anybody else.
Votes For: 9,727 (80%)