Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Rivonia Trial: A Model UN Committee

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Rivionia Trial

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Music, Green, and Dining Rooms, Headington Hill Hall, Headington Campus, Headington Hill site


The year is 1964 and ten defendants are on trial for their lives in South Africa, in what is widely perceived as a politically motivated proceeding. The defendants include many prominent campaigners against apartheid most notably Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki. Across the world there is widespread condemnation and criticism of the apartheid regime is frequently aired by states in the United Nations. Multiple resolutions are passed by the General Assembly and Security Council calling for South Africa to end the trial and to release all political prisoners.

On Friday 25 May 2018, members of the Oxford Brookes Model United Nations Society will be staging a Security Council re-enactment of a debate about the Rivonia trial in South Africa. The countries forming the Security Council are the five permanent members; The United Kingdom, The United States, France, The USSR and China, together with Norway, Czechoslovakia, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Brazil and Bolivia. All country delegates will arrive with their own priorities and preferred outcomes for the debate and any resulting resolutions.

The "Security Council delegates" are available on the day to meet with interested bystanders, over tea, coffee and cake, between 12 noon and 1pm. Delegates will answer questions about the course of the debate held during the first session of the day and what resolution they are aiming to achieve.

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