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General Assembly resolution #520

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:04 pm

Landfill Regulation Act [Struck out by GA 525]
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: All Businesses - Mild
Proposed by: Cretox State

Text: The World Assembly,

Understanding the importance of landfills in providing a cost-effective method for the disposal of non-compostable and non-recyclable solid waste,

Concerned by the potential environmental and health hazards of solid waste landfills, and

Wishing to provide a regulatory framework for the safe operation of solid waste landfills to mitigate such hazards, hereby:

  1. Defines for the purposes of this resolution:
    1. a "solid waste landfill" (SWL) as a location that receives nonhazardous solid waste for the purposes of long-term or permanent storage; and
    2. "leachate" as any liquid containing chemicals or particles originating from the solid waste stored in a SWL;
  2. Prohibits the construction of SWLs in ecologically important areas or areas where their normal operations would cause significant danger to the wellbeing of nearby permanent residents;
  3. Forbids the long-term storage of nonhazardous solid waste in a manner or a location where it can pose a significant threat to the surrounding environment or groundwater;
  4. Requires that all SWLs:
    1. include effective physical barriers designed to protect the surrounding environment and groundwater from waste contained in them and leachate originating from them;
    2. include effective systems for the collection and removal of leachate for treatment and environmentally safe disposal; and
    3. are operated in such a way that minimizes potential environmental and health hazards resulting from their operations, within reason;
  5. Mandates that member nations:
    1. ensure the regular testing of groundwater and other aquatic environments that could reasonably be affected by leachate in order to gauge the effectiveness of relevant existing SWL regulations and the need for further regulations; and
    2. establish, if such does not already exist, a state agency or similar organization with the responsibility of inspecting and regulating SWLs in accordance with this resolution and reviewing complaints regarding the operation of particular SWLs;
  6. Clarifies that regulations implemented pursuant to this resolution must remain in effect after a SWL stops receiving additional waste material until such a time when said regulations are no longer effective or necessary in providing for the environmentally safe maintenance of the SWL site; and
  7. Encourages member nations to promote methods of waste reduction to reduce their reliance on solid waste landfills as a form of waste management.

Votes For: 11 790 (79.1%)
Votes Against: 3 123 (20.9%)


Implemented Thu 5 Nov 2020

[GA 520 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #521

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:05 pm

Repeal "GMO International Trade Accord"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: GA#509
Proposed by: Regnum Italiae

Description: General Assembly Resolution #509 "GMO International Trade Accord" (Category: Regulation, Area of Effect: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Acknowledging that regulation of trade of genetically modified organisms, which General Assembly Resolution #509 “GMO International Trade Accord” tried to address, is an important area of legislation most likely in need of attention from the World Assembly; but

Noting that unclear measures lead to unforeseen consequences which can do more harm than good;

Concerned by many issues, including:

  1. The exclusion of genetic modifications obtained through hybridisation or selective breeding as a result of the limited definition of biotechnology, which pose comparable threats to the environment;

  2. The resolution’s failure to explicitly require member nations to enforce regulations created by the Committee for the Regulation of Modified Products, allowing for nations to easily dodge compliance of these provisions without penalty;

  3. The vagueness of the term ‘reasonable’ that is used so often in regard to safety measures throughout the resolution, especially in sections 3 and 4, as the use of this term allows an excessively ambiguous and free interpretation of what is the best effort possible in the matter of safety. The term reasonable is in fact inherently relative in its definition and this implies that nations can set up measures as they see fit to their contingent situation, without any kind of control, thus making it possible for them to hugely disregard security when profitable;

  4. The lack of regulations of intellectual property, thus granting undisciplined privileges to corporations and private institutions, like the possibility to stop outside research or create monopolies, which undermines the resolution's call for improving research and the exchange of information between member nations; and

  5. The presence, in section 4, of exemptions to unsterilized plants GMOs, since requirements like “in cases where the environmental benefit [...] clearly outweigh any downsides of their use” are loose enough to let member nations set their own policies without any way to ascertain the truthfulness of their reasons especially since there are no overseeing authorities; and
Concluding that such overlooked flaws completely undermine the effectiveness of the resolution as a whole; hereby

Repeals General Assembly Resolution #509 “GMO International Trade Accord”.

Co-authored by Honeydewistania

Votes For: 11 317 (79.5%)
Votes Against: 2 913 (20.5%)

Implemented Mon 9 Nov 2020

[GA 521 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #522

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:09 pm

Protecting Sites of Religious Significance [Struck out by GA 528]
A resolution to improve worldwide human and civil rights.

Category: Civil Rights
Strength: Mild
Proposed by: Boston Castle

Text: The General Assembly,

RECOGNIZING that many religious traditions have and maintain sites that are important to the history of their creed and the practice of their creed,

FURTHER RECOGNIZING that certain sites of religious significance have have not been properly maintained and preserved,

NOTICING that while the World Assembly has affirmed the right of citizens of nations to practice the religion of their choosing, it has not affirmed that the places of significance to a religion must be protected as well.

DESIRING that this deficiency in existing legislation be remedied in international law, hereby:

  1. Defines a "site of religious significance" to be:

    1. The foundational place, or places, of a religion;
    2. A focus of worship for a religion;
    3. The graves of people associated with or significant to a religion;
    4. Places of religious community;
    5. A museum, or other site protected by law, with a religious character;
  2. Creates the Office for the Protection of Religious Sites, hereafter noted as the OPRS, which shall:

    1. Work with faith leaders to identify and designate sites of religious significance to presently practiced religions, especially those which have significant meaning to, or are are focuses of worship of, a presently practiced religion;
    2. Work with member nations to develop an effective plan to protect designated sites of religious significance; and
  3. Further clarifies that member nations must allow sites as designated by the OPRS to be deemed significant and made compliant with this resolution,
  4. Asserts the following actions are in violation of this resolution:

    1. Desecrating sites of religious significance and desecration shall be defined as;

      1. Causing permanent disrepair or irreparable damage to sites of religious significance;
      2. Destroying artefacts or materials contained at said sites which are of religious importance;
      3. The removal of bodies, relics, or items of significance with the intent to make said sites no longer significant as deemed by the OPRS, unless the removal of the bodies, relics, or items of significance is for restoration or maintenance purposes, and
      4. Altering the religious nature of said spaces as defined by the OPRS in an attempt to make them no longer significant by removing their religious character; though
      5. Desecration shall not apply in the event of an imminent threat to health and safety with the present conditions of the site, in the event that said sites were established in a hostile fashion (such as through invasion), or if said sites are being altered with a view towards preservation in perpetuity (such as through conversion into a museum);
    2. Abusing one's private property rights in the pursuit of gaining the legal right to protect or maintain a site of religious significance;
    3. Showing favoritism to, or selectively working to maintain, sites of one belief over another; and
  5. Clarifies that nations may restrict access to religious sites in an event which requires that a nation restrict the freedom of movement throughout the whole nation such as a civil war, conflict which occurs on a nation’s territory, internal instability in the region of a religious site, or if a pandemic is declared by a national health service or disease control center,
  6. Further clarifies that nations may not impose these restrictions on access solely on the grounds of religion,
  7. Urges member nations to take additional measures to provide for the security of sites of religious significance including appointing third-party controllers of religious sites in the event that this would prove to be more conducive to their continued survival and maintenance than local administration.

Votes For: 9 548 (64.5%)
Votes Against: 5 263 (35.5%)


Implemented Fri 13 Nov 2020

[GA 522 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #523

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:10 pm

Patient Travel Freedoms
A resolution to modify universal standards of healthcare.

Category: Health
Area of Effect: Healthcare
Proposed by: Cretox State

Text: The World Assembly,

Noting that adequate and affordable medical care is necessary to ensure the health of individuals and society as a whole,

Understanding that the unique medical needs of individuals can and do vary greatly, as does the medical infrastructure available within any given nation, and

Recognizing that there are occasions in which seeking medical care in a foreign country is in the best interests of an individual, hereby:

  1. Defines a "patient" as a citizen or permanent resident of a member nation seeking medical care within another member nation;

  2. Declares that, subject to this and extant World Assembly resolutions, member nations shall not obstructively interfere with the ability of their patients to seek medical care within the territory of a foreign member nation;

  3. Clarifies that member nations may implement reasonable restrictions on the ability of their patients to seek medical care within the territory of a foreign member nation to the extent necessary to address circumstances where:
    1. seeking medical care within the territory of said nation would present a severe threat to the safety of the patient, excepting potential complications caused by the medical care being sought;
    2. the patient in question is legally unable to make the decision to seek medical care in the territory of said nation due to incarceration, ongoing legal proceedings, or lacking legal competence; or
    3. there exists a compelling public interest similar in nature to the above, which clearly and demonstrably warrants restricting a patient's ability to seek medical care pursuant to this resolution and definitely outweighs the benefits to the patient in allowing such seeking of medical care;
  4. Prohibits member nations from retaliating or taking legal action against a patient for seeking medical care in a foreign member nation, except as necessary to enforce restrictions implemented pursuant to clause 3 of this resolution;

  5. Subject to other World Assembly resolutions, mandates that member nations implement clear and effective policies for providing necessary medical care to their incarcerated populations;

  6. Declares that patients within the territory of a foreign member nation have the right to:
    1. receive appropriate continuing or follow-up medical care upon returning to their member nation of origin, should providing such care not place an undue burden on the healthcare system of that member nation;
    2. receive, to the extent requested by those patients, accurate information concerning all medications prescribed to them, including their ingredients and known side effects; and
    3. be informed of available resources for resolving disputes arising from the medical care in question, including applicable domestic and foreign legal representatives, and to have potential disputes resolved in as timely a manner as can reasonably be provided, and to be made aware of their outcome;
  7. Subject to other World Assembly resolutions and other provisions of this resolution, requires member nations to collect and compile accurate and actionable data concerning their patients' reasons for seeking medical care in a foreign member nation, to such a degree that does not constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, and to use said data to identify and address weaknesses in their domestic healthcare systems; and

  8. Urges member nations to further improve domestic access to medical care.

Votes For: 12 426 (81.1%)
Votes Against: 2 892 (18.9%)

Implemented Tue 17 Nov 2020

[GA 523 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #524

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:11 pm

Repeal "Supporting and Valuing the Humanities"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: GA#495
Proposed by: Imperium Anglorum

Description: General Assembly Resolution #495 "Supporting and Valuing the Humanities" (Category: Education and Creativity, Area of Effect: Educational) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly finds as follows:

  1. Subtle unintended consequences should not be ignored or dismissed just because they are difficult to understand. The target resolution (GA 495) has subtle unintended consequences that need explanation at length.

  2. GA 495 establishes a fundamentally broken control mechanism which states that another committee will '[ensure] that money accepted by nations or organisations from the WHF is used for the above established purpose'. It also states that 'if incorrect use of funds is reported, the GAO will cease the allowance of funds to the transgressing nation or organisation' (emphasis not in original). This anti-corruption mechanism creates massive harms. The passive construction of the section 5 suggests that the mere reporting of an incorrect use of funds triggers an embargo on General Accounting Office money. The Office has no explicit statutory authority to reject false or malicious reports. The Assembly supports many projects in member nations: GAO money in GA 263 'Uranium Mining Standards Act' s 8 helps prevent radiological accidents, GAO funds given in GA 97 'Quality in Health Services' support universal healthcare in poor countries, and funds disbursed by GA 80 'A Promotion of Basic Education' ensure that disadvantaged children are educated (including in the humanities).

  3. The target embargoes money until a member nation receives a favourable verdict, instead of ordering funds to stop only when a tribunal determines a violation has occurred. The extent of the embargo is also not limited to the specific project which is allegedly corrupt, as the resolution applies to the 'transgressing nation'. An education department buying school supplies with money allocated for building repairs can thus defund health services and schools on the opposite side of a nation.

  4. GA 495 also states '[t]he WHF shall exist to provide funding to constituent nations and non profit organisations within them to accomplish either in part or in full the following objectives'. There is no clause requiring that requestors only get money for projects which they could not pay for themselves, suggesting indirect diversion of funds, as nations can purposefully defund their schools, fill holes in the budget with General Fund money, and pocket the difference. Member nations should not be allowed to take Assembly funds dishonestly.

  5. The kinds of projects the WHF approves are not limited only to projects which have a primary effect in achieving the goals listed in the resolution. Section 3's 'accomplish either in part or in full' does not put a floor on how little is accomplished, opening the sewer doors to:

    1. Building a lazy river for university students to relax on, as the project in part helps to 'strengthen the academic enrichment of courses and create [humanities] electives', if people may paint murals on the walls or a chapel is attached.

    2. Organisations sending theology professors from across the country to theme parks, as it in part helps to 'hold nationwide symposiums to put on ... advancements in the various areas of the humanities'.

    3. A nation defunding its own humanities departments and shuffling the freed-up money to foreign bank accounts would create a need to 'support university degree programs that fall within the definition of the humanities', a problem at which this committee could then throw money.
  6. '[E]nsuring that money accepted by nations or organisations from the WHF is used for the above established purpose' in section 4(a) does nothing when the money is given for wasteful purposes. The clause seems as if it is supposed to stop nations from taking the money they receive and directly diverting it to other purposes. The clause does not stop indirect diversion as described above.

  7. Wasteful spending programs mean less money for food aid, pandemic relief, and basic education. Feel-good resolutions should not be supported when they are coupled with draconian punishments and provisions which leave open massive doors for squandering limited Assembly funds. Nor is it just to deprive member nations – without due process and, at best, on minor irregularities – of what they need to educate, heal, and protect their citizens. Repeal of GA 495 also will cause no substantial harm due to the provisions of GA 80 'A Promotion of Basic Education', which promote the same goals, without the overbearing penalties or the deficient anti-graft mechanisms of the target resolution.
Now, therefore, be GA 495 'Supporting and Valuing the Humanities' repealed.

Votes For: 12 646 (84.9%)
Votes Against: 2 253 (15.1%)

Implemented Sat 21 Nov 2020

[GA 524 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #525

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:12 pm

Repeal "Landfill Regulation Act"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: GA#520
Proposed by: Honeydewistania

Description: General Assembly Resolution #520 "Landfill Regulation Act" (Category: Environmental, Industry Affected: All Businesses - Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Observing the excessive micromanagement in General Assembly Resolution #520, “Landfill Regulation Act”, which includes mandating that member nations create agencies to ensure compliance, unnecessary handholding and bureaucracy that is better left to be decided by member nations themselves;

Further observing that this overreach ignores member nations who use private companies to survey environments, which results in member nations being forced to create agencies they will not use, meaning that the bureaucracy is even more pointless;

Concerned that the poor definition of SWL includes locations such as scrap metal yards, which pose little to no significant harm to public health or the surrounding environment, resulting in harsh mandates being placed on these ‘landfills’ that could cost exorbitant amounts of money;

Dismayed that systems for the collection and removal of leachate are mandated regardless of the potential danger the leachate causes to public health or to the environment, yet another excessively broad mandate;

Further concerned that implementing such unnecessary regulations negatively affect the operations of ‘solid waste landfills’ with very little potential positive benefit;

Realising that placing these mandates on SWLs without any form of subsidy or funding could lead to costs being passed on to the consumers, therefore giving them incentives to dispose of solid waste at unregulated areas instead and defeat the resolution’s purpose of protecting the environment from solid waste;

Convinced that a poorly executed and overreaching resolution ought to be repealed, hereby:

Repeals General Assembly Resolution 520, “Landfill Regulation Act”.

Votes For: 9 244 (62.1%)
Votes Against: 5 630 (37.9%)

Implemented Wed 25 Nov 2020

[GA 525 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #526

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:14 pm

Land Reclamation Regulation
A resolution to increase the quality of the world's environment, at the expense of industry.

Category: Environmental
Industry Affected: All Businesses - Mild
Proposed by: Orca and Narwhal

Text: The World Assembly,

Worried that unregulated land reclamation can lead to ecological damages with long term economic damage, as well as dangers to the health of both people and the environment;

Acknowledging the use of land reclamation by member nations to increase their land area for necessary purposes such as halting urban spread into pristine terrestrial ecosystems, or extending port facilities of growing coastal cities;

Very concerned about the loss of biodiversity hotspots and areas vital for the reproduction of commercially important marine species, as an unintended consequence of land reclamation;

Especially aware of the vulnerability of shallow marine ecosystems and the coastal areas, yet understanding the occasional necessity for their development;

Searching for a way to balance ecological concerns with the necessities of urban development;

Hereby:

  1. Defines:
    1. “land reclamation” as the oceanic construction of new dry land in a nation’s territory;
    2. “impact study” as an independent survey conducted to determine the potential ecological impacts of land reclamation;
  2. Mandates thats a good faith effort to obtain and apply materials that cause as little environmental damage as possible for the physical stage of land reclamation must be made, unless obtaining those materials is incredibly infeasible or costly, in which case the best possible alternative must be used;

  3. Subject to clause 5 of this resolution, orders member nations to prevent a land reclamation project from proceeding if it is likely to cause environmental damage that will severely imperil the health of marine life or those that live nearby;
    1. Clarifies that if the potential damage caused can and will be mitigated to a reasonable level, the land reclamation project may proceed;
  4. Requires member nations to conduct impact studies to determine if proceeding with land reclamation will not violate this resolution;

  5. Requires that results of impact studies must be submitted to the Environmental Survey of the World Assembly (ESWA), and tasks the ESWA with:
    1. issuing special permits to land reclamation projects that would otherwise violate this resolution only if:
      1. not proceeding with land reclamation will severely imperil the health of a nation’s population; or
      2. not proceeding with land reclamation will cause greater environmental damage than doing so;
    2. issuing normal permits to land reclamation projects that will not violate this resolution;

    3. prohibiting land reclamation from taking place if it violates the restrictions laid out by this resolution;
  6. Mandates that land reclamation projects that are issued permits as a result of clause 5a must cause as little environmental damage as feasible, and prohibits land reclamation projects from proceeding if they are denied a permit by the ESWA.
Co-authored by Honeydewistania.

Votes For: 10 940 (76.7%)
Votes Against: 3 324 (23.3%)

Implemented Sun 29 Nov 2020

[GA 526 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #527

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:16 pm

Protected Working Leave
A resolution to enact uniform standards that protect workers, consumers, and the general public.

Category: Regulation
Area of Effect: Labour Rights
Proposed by: Cretox State

Text: The World Assembly,

Understanding the importance of an economically and socially secure working class to long-term economic growth,

Believing that said security does not need to be mutually exclusive with the decision to raise a family or the need to maintain good health, and

Wishing to ensure that working people in all member nations have access to paid leave and job security in order to care for themselves and their loved ones, without unduly disrupting the operations of their employers, hereby:

  1. Defines for the purposes of this resolution:
    1. a "worker" as any individual bound by a contract to perform work or services for an employer, whose employment contract mandates the work or services be performed specifically by that worker, involves an obligation for the worker to perform work and the employer to provide it, and implies the employer having some degree of control over the manner in which the work is performed; and
    2. "paid leave" as time during which a worker is not required to perform the work or services specified in their employment contract and receives:
      1. compensation sufficient to financially support themselves and their dependents, to be provided by the government of a member nation;
      2. all employment-related benefits which would otherwise be provided to that worker, to be provided by their employer; and
      3. the guaranteed ability to return to the same or a comparable job after the conclusion of paid leave, should their employer reasonably be able to provide such;
  2. Declares that member nations must provide workers who request such with a reasonable duration of paid leave to the extent necessary to adequately service any of the following conditions:
    1. to care for a new child due to childbirth, adoption, or placement of said child in foster care should the child require such care;
    2. to care for a seriously ill or physically or mentally disabled spouse, child below the age of majority, parent, grandparent, or dependent should they require such care; or
    3. to recover from their own serious illness;
  3. Forbids employers from discriminating or retaliating against workers for requesting or taking paid leave pursuant to section 2 of this resolution; such retaliation including:
    1. not returning said workers to the same or a comparable job;
    2. terminating employment;
    3. reducing compensation or benefits; or
    4. disciplining said workers;
  4. Requires that workers:
    1. give their employer reasonable notice in the event of a foreseeable birth or adoption; and
    2. alert their employer of serious health conditions that are the reason for their requesting paid leave if practicable;
  5. Clarifies that:
    1. employers may not impose unnecessarily onerous conditions on the granting of paid leave;
    2. any additional conditions by an employer on the granting of paid leave are to be implemented and enforced at the employer's expense;
    3. member nations may place the burden of providing financial compensation to workers over the duration of paid leave on said workers' employer should the employer be capable of providing such without significant financial strain; and
    4. employers, member nations, and World Assembly resolutions may implement policies granting workers more expansive paid leave than provided for by this resolution.

Votes For: 12 324 (80.7%)
Votes Against: 2 954 (19.3%)

Implemented Thu 3 Dec 2020

[GA 527 on NS] [Official Debate Topic]
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General Assembly resolution #528

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:19 pm

Repeal "Protecting Sites of Religious Significance"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #522
Proposed by: Honeydewistania

Description: General Assembly Resolution #522 "Protecting Sites of Religious Significance" (Category: Civil Rights, Area of Effect: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Affirming the importance of identifying and protecting sites of cultural significance;

Acknowledging that religious sites frequently fall into this category and are deserving of protection;

Gratified by the long-standing success of General Assembly Resolution #287 "Cultural Site Preservation", which codifies identification and protection for sites with all manner of cultural significance;

Abhorring the needless and overreaching bureaucracy present in General Assembly Resolution #522 "Protecting Sites of Religious Significance", which both duplicates effort and exceeds reasonable boundaries;

Notes that the target resolution creates extensive and overlapping efforts in this regard through the creation of a second committee tasked with an overlapping mandate, and the separate designations of significance for religious sites now being required under multiple competing resolutions;

Annoyed that the creation of this unnecessary second committee will massively waste World Assembly funds that would be of better use elsewhere;

Further notes that the target resolution uses incredibly broad and problematic definitions, such as:

  • defining any 'place of religious community' as a site of religious significance to be protected in perpetuity, which will include culturally insignificant houses with shrines where community worship may take place, preventing owners of the house from altering the religious nature of the house in the future even if their own religious views have changed;

  • defining any grave 'of people associated with […] a religion' as a site of religious significance to be protected in perpetuity, which would render the grave of any deceased practitioner of an active religion forever untouchable, even for law enforcement purposes such as recovering evidence in a murder;
Dismayed that member nations are required to protect "foundational place, or places, of a religion" in perpetuity, which could lead to people declaring the establishment of a religion to immediately gain international protections for their person and property against even the most reasonable of societal demands;

Troubled that sites of religious significance established through invasion may be completely desecrated by member nations regardless of their current importance to the adherents of the religion at present;

Further troubled that the resolution does not fully prevent member nations from applying blanket access restrictions to sites of religious significance, defeating the purpose of protecting these sites in the first place;

Confused by unclear wording in the resolution, such as '[a]busing [sic] one's private property rights in the pursuit of gaining the legal right to protect or maintain a site of religious significance', which could lead to vastly different interpretations by member nations and not result in the intended effect that the clause wanted;

Concluding that the member nations of the World Assembly should repeal a flawed resolution; hereby:

Repeals General Assembly Resolution #522, "Protecting Sites of Religious Significance."

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Votes For: 10 299 (68.6%)
Votes Against: 4 715 (31.4%)

Implemented Mon 7 Dec 2020

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General Assembly resolution #529

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:55 pm

Repeal "Rights of the Employed"
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.

Category: Repeal
Resolution: #491
Proposed by: Cretox State

Description: General Assembly Resolution #491 "Rights of the employed" (Category: Civil Rights, Strength: Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.

Argument: The World Assembly,

Commending the efforts of GA 491 "Rights of the employed" in enumerating several rights of workers,

Concerned, however, that sloppy writing and easily foreseeable consequences have transformed this well-intentioned resolution into a heavily flawed piece of legislation that imposes substantial unintended costs and directly undermines its own agenda,

Troubled that the resolution requires that workers prove to their employers the necessity of their breastfeeding in the workplace, a condition which is both obviously problematic and flies in the face of the legislation's stated purpose,

Disturbed that the resolution mandates a private area in the workplace "reserved for the sole purpose of breastfeeding" for workplaces subject to the mandates of clause E(3), a costly and unrealistic burden on small businesses and workplaces that cannot practically accommodate such a requirement,

Elaborating that the above mandate also establishes a substantial incentive for firms to avoid hiring female labor in direct contravention of the intentions of this resolution and WA labor law, especially given the absence of any non-discrimination hiring protections applying to breastfeeding in this resolution,

Confounded that the resolution requires at least eight weeks of leave for adoption, despite older children generally needing no special caregiver attention,

Adding that this mandate incentivizes business-minded governments to unduly burden adoption of older children to the detriment of adoptees, adopting families, and foster care systems,

Recognizing that extant WA law covers the two main policy objectives of this resolution, parental leave and retaliation, to a far greater degree, with:
  1. GA 503 "Protecting Legal Rights of Workers" ensuring that workers are not retaliated against for seeking legal enforcement of their rights; and
  2. GA 527 "Protected Working Leave" providing for far broader parental and other leave;
Reminding that several extant resolutions, including GA 35 "The Charter of Civil Rights", GA 91 "A Convention on Gender", and GA 457 "Defending the Rights of Sexual and Gender Minorities" more than adequately cover discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, or sexual identity, and

Convinced that a heavily flawed, overreaching, and largely redundant piece of legislation has every reason to be repealed,

Hereby repeals GA 491 "Rights of the employed".

Votes For: 11 901 (80.1%)
Votes Against: 2 963 (19.9%)

Implemented Sat 12 Dec 2020

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General Assembly resolution #530

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:20 am

Fairness In Collective Bargaining
A resolution to enact uniform standards that protect workers, consumers, and the general public.

Category: Regulation
Area of Effect: Labour Rights
Proposed by: Cretox State

Text: The World Assembly,

Believing that labor unions are essential in allowing workers to negotiate benefits, freedom from exploitation, and fair compensation on equal footing with their employers,

Commending the efforts of prior WA legislation to strike a reasonable balance between the necessity of effective collective bargaining and the public good, and

Convinced that a more expansive resolution on the subject is necessary, in order to solidify the negotiating ability of workers and provide needed protections for employers where unions are concerned, hereby:

  1. Defines "interference" as any acts intended to place or keep a labor union under the control of an employer whose workers are represented by that union as a bargaining unit;

  2. Prohibits the interference of employers and labor unions in the establishment, functioning, or administration of labor unions;

  3. Prohibits employers from:
    1. unduly impinging on the ability of multiple workers to act in concert to protect their rights; or
    2. discriminating against workers for engaging in concerted activities to protect their rights;
  4. Prohibits labor unions from:
    1. coercing workers in the exercise of their rights or an employer in its choice of bargaining representative;
    2. deliberately influencing an employer to discriminate against certain workers;
    3. requiring excessive dues; or
    4. deliberately influencing an employer to pay for unneeded workers, excepting paid leave and severance-related benefits;
  5. Requires employers and the labor unions that lawfully represent said employers' workers to make a good-faith effort to negotiate with one another;

  6. Mandates that member nations:
    1. establish, if such does not already exist, and maintain an effective system to enforce labor law in relation to collective bargaining and labor practices; and
    2. allow labor unions to deliberately influence an employer to cease doing business with another employer;
  7. Urges member nations to:
    1. promote union membership through union security agreements; and
    2. implement more expansive regulations protecting the ability of workers to collectively bargain with employers.

Votes For: 8 677 (65.2%)
Votes Against: 4 627 (34.8%)

Implemented Fri 25 Dec 2020

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General Assembly resolution #531

Postby Imperium Anglorum » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:21 am

Tariffs and Trade Convention
A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.

Category: Free Trade
Strength: Strong
Proposed by: Imperium Anglorum

Text: Whereas free and fair trade is good, be it enacted as follows:

  1. In this resolution,
    1. general customs area refers to an area in which customs authority is exercised by a nation or nations with a common external trade policy without substantial internal trade barriers;
    2. customs area refers to a general customs area entirely subject to World Assembly law;
    3. resolution means extant WA resolution;
    4. member means WA member; and
    5. trade area means an area created by bilateral or multilateral treaty between customs areas in which they accord to each other special trade preferences.
  2. Each customs area must accord to every other customs area a most-favoured trade preference, unless such preferences are:
    1. necessary for establishment of a particular industry or economic development in a nation with low standards of living,
    2. extended only to co-members of a trade area or customs area, or
    3. permitted by this resolution.
  3. The value ascribed to imported goods shall be based on the value of the goods imported, or of like goods, if they were sold in normal trade under competitive conditions in normal quantities. If such information is not available, members must make a best guess of that value on available information.

  4. Customs areas may not enforce quantitative restrictions, ie quotas, on imports from or exports to any other customs area, unless:
    1. export restrictions are temporary and in proportion to the need to relieve a serious ongoing or upcoming shortage of food or vital goods,
    2. needed restrictions are imposed for the purpose of evaluating or enforcing compliance with regulations not discriminating on origin also applying to like domestic goods,
    3. import restrictions are needed to safeguard the health or safety of domestic agriculture or to remove a temporary domestic surplus of a like good, or
    4. such restrictions are to protect national treasures of substantial cultural value, conserve exhaustible natural resources, or comply with resolutions.
  5. Unless a quota is imposed, no member may require an import licence for goods from another member. Quotas on a good, when allocated, may not discriminate against supplying member nations, unless otherwise agreed to by the quota imposer and the major supplying member nations. All import licences shall be publicly available.

  6. When a good is imported into a customs area at a price lower than normal market prices of like goods (ie dumping), the area may impose a tariff in the amount necessary to adjust the imported good’s price to a normal market price, after showing to the Wacc the occurrence of dumping, likely material damages to internal industry, and that the former clearly causes or will cause the latter.

  7. After a good enters a customs area lawfully, no internal regulations or tax may be applied in a manner which discriminates against the origin of that good relative to other like goods.
    1. Members shall ascribe the origination of a good to the general customs area in which the good was last substantially transformed, excluding operations carried out for transport, preservation, storage, marketability, simple assembly, or mixture.
    2. Members may require origination marks on imported goods, so long as such marks do not reduce the value or increase the cost of such goods materially. Customs areas may not assess penalties for failure to make such marks prior their import.
  8. This resolution notwithstanding, members may make trade restrictions:
    1. to forestall a balance of payments crisis provided that members maintain such restrictions only to the extent necessary to defend their balance of payments and speedily recover their financial position,
    2. on arms, ammunition, or other materials used in military procurement directly or indirectly,
    3. in time of war or, subject to resolution, for protection of vital security interests,
    4. if required by resolution to enforce trade sanctions against a nation not compliant with WA law,
    5. exercising powers granted or enforcing restrictions required by prior resolution, or
    6. exercising regulatory powers granted by resolution over a specific good or well-defined class of goods which bear substantially similar properties that are unrelated to their marketability or use.
  9. This resolution does not cover intellectual property or transfers of hard currency. Any tariff or quota imposed must first be posted publicly, specifying the goods covered with the quantities restricted or tax assessed. Penalties ascribed for a customs offence must be in proportion to the offence's harm. Declarations on issues arising from this resolution may be requested from the Wacc; no penalty for non-compliant activities taken with good faith reliance on such declarations may be imposed; the Independent Adjudicative Office may rescind such declarations.

Votes For: 8 420 (61.9%)
Votes Against: 5 183 (38.1%)

Implemented Tue 29 Dec 2020

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