Sunday, May 22, 2011

My Resolution 2011

COMMITTEE: Human Rights
Question of: Prevention of Unethical Clinical Trials
Main Submitter(s): France

Recognizing that unethical clinical trials is a crime against humanity, involving human subjects participating in biology, clinical medicine, psychology, and other social sciences;

Reaffirming that clinical trial is unethical when the human subject has not given their consent;

Reiterating that the, “The Nuremberg Code” and the “Declaration of Helinski” both have principles that should already be implemented all around the world;

Reminding that the definition of crimes against humanity include  inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health;

Recalling that this issue can go ignored without increased amounts of public awareness;

The General Assembly:

1.      Proposes that an United  Nations Unethical Clinical Trial Committee, be formed to implement clauses 2 to 8;

  1. Calls Upon all Member States to surrender medical and employee records to the United Nations Unethical Clinical Trial Committee, so that preliminary investigations can be carried out, at facilities such as but not limited to:
a.       hospitals, clinics, universities;
b.      the identity of patients will be protected during the investigations;
c.       if the preliminary investigation has yielded results, investigations will be carried out on said individual;

3.      Strongly Urges, that a hotline will be created that will be connected to the UNUCT so that people can anonymously report an unethical clinical trial for investigations;

4.      Expresses its hope that the More Economically Developed Countries(MEDC’s) would regulate and prevent the private medical corporations based in their nations from exploiting the more vulnerable populations of the third world countries for the purpose of their own financial gain;
a.       if the government discovers that the private medical corporation is indeed conducting unethical clinical trials, subsequent investigations will be carried out on said corporation;

5.      Declares that Member States can begin increasing public awareness at appropriate age groups of unethical clinical trials through means of but not limited to:
a.       education  providing means of but not limited to:
i.        seminars, lectures;
ii.      textbooks on previous unethical clinical trials,
iii.    the IFMSA (International Federation of Medical Student’ Association) will raise the awareness of the  ethical concerns when conducting clinical trials to the medical students;
b.      media such as but not limited to:
i.        radio, pamphlets, internet, television, advertisement;

6.      Requests that all Member States to provide full co-operation with regional offices of the UNUCTC, when apprehending a suspected individual;
    1. with consent of the nations involved, allow the UNUCTC to extradite criminals in cases of unethical clinical trials, and try the criminals in an international criminal court,
                                            i.            if the local law enforcement are compromised by intervention from third-party individuals, either financially or physically, then the International Criminal Court should have jurisdiction of such cases and enforce UN mandates,
                                          ii.            suspects will be tried under the ICC, under the grounds of crimes against humanity,

7.      Urges that member nations with current hospitals conducting clinical trials to ensure that all clinical trials’ information is updated frequently on the International Clinical Trials Registry Programme;
a.        countries must ensure that future approved clinical trials to be imputed onto the ICTRP;

8.      Further Requests that all Member States to begin setting up rehabilitation centers with individual departments focusing on the different tests run on victims for the purpose of restoring confidence in victims towards safe medical facilities which includes  such but not limited to
a.       Sanctioned Medical Personnel, Counseling Facilities;

9.      Further Invites those member nations with victims of said unethical clinical trials to begin remunerating the victims financially;

  1. Suggests that a meeting should be held every five years to review the status of the implementation of clauses 2-8, and will be open to member nations, doctors, and other respected members of the medical community.

Taimun 2011

As I was reading some of my old posts, I realized that I did a Taimun post, and that I had yet to do one this year.  Anyways, this year I was part of the TAS Taimun team, in which I was the Delegate of France for the Human Rights committee.  Our topics this year were somewhat, boring compared to last years.  They were: The Prevention of Unethical Clinical Trials, and The Protection of Journalists in Armed Combat Areas.  I being somewhat interested in medicine, chose the first topic. After many practices at school, my resolution was, in my opinion very well done.  This year, I became a Main Submitter for my topic, as I was one of the somewhat unorganized few who chose this topic.

Because many delegates chose the second topic, there weren't many other delegates to merge resolutions with.  As a result, I had a rather, abridged resolution, with only three other delegates who actually merged.  The other group had about eight other delegates, who merged.  I believed that mine would not pass because mine had barely any help, however, I still had hope. 

During debate, mine was attacked frequently, however because previous resolutions took too much time, mine was debated for only about 35-40 minutes, which was very disconcerting.  However, I still enjoyed the experience of being a main submitter.

I would like to give a shout out to my two awesome chairs: Winnie Liao and Ros Wong, as well as friends that I made and some that I have met before: Paul Wu, Chris Ko, Stephanie Yang and Julia Kee. 

Well, see you all next year!

PS. I will post my final/failed resolution.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Severe Writer's Block (Singapore + Cambodia post)

Wow...this is really sad, its been 1 month since I posted on my blog.  Sadly, not much has really happened, other than the fact that I went to Cambodia for spring break (which was awesome) not much.  Oh yeah singapore in CNY was awesome also.... Hmmm I should just post now.

Singapore - CNY
Well this year, we went to visit Singapore, our old home for 5 years.  We saw old friends, hung out with some, and did a ton of shopping.  We stayed at the Hilton this year, which was on Orchard, which meant that it was easy to go shopping, eating, and to see friends.  My friend Sibonay, lived right behind our hotel which was very convenient, seeing as I went over almost every day.  We also stayed next to the new mall, the Ion.  It was huge, though we only shopped in the lower levels (cause they were cheaper).  I hung out with Sibonay, for one whole day, as she helped me get birthday presents in Takashimaya.  All in all, it was a fun trip, I ate tons in Singapore (chili crap, pepper crab, hainan chicken rice x6, laksa, and all the other greats), hung out with alot of people, and just plain had fun.  I have to do it again sometime.

Cambodia - Spring Break
Once again, I went to Cambodia as part of our church's mission trip.  This trip has been like the biggest thing that I have been anticipating for this whole year (I don't think I have correct grammar on that one, but oh well).  This year, 30+ people went, with about 7 people in my grade.  Shelley, Meredith, Joanne, Trillium, Morgan, Maxine, and Katherine.  (sorry if I actually forgot someone, i'll edit and add you in)  This year, I was part of the construction team where we went to Battambang to construct a brick fence/wall for the new orphanage building (there already was an orphanage, but they were building a new one for the kids), as well as painting the walls inside.   I really enjoyed working there, as I got to hangout with some of my friends as well as play with the orphans.  Because we stayed for most of the week, I made some really awesome friends there. This year, we had the option of staying in a hotel as opposed to the original plan of staying in an orphanage.  Sadly after staying one night at the hotel, I couldn't leave (except the time when I actually did stay, and it was bad, but I'll write about it later).  Still I believed that I helped spread God's word, as well as teaching the kids while I was there.  As always, I ate everything they served, (plus a little extra - crickets/frogs/field mice).  I really enjoyed eating the Cambodian cuisine, though the beef there is kinda rubbery.  All in all, I enjoyed my trip, and I definitely plan to go next year, and the year after.

Staying in the Orphanage.
Well it was bad, it was very stuffy, and there wasn't much wind that night either.  The girls however, has a working fan, (which led them to actually need blankets).  Though I enjoyed the experience, I couldn't handle the heat as I only received about 4-5 hours of sleep.