Desmond Tutu quotes

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Desmond Tutu is a known social rights activist, mainly known by his own engagement in the Apartheit time. Here are his famous quotes that you can use in debates and other speaches.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

“We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.”

“My father always used to say, “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” Good sense does not always lie with the loudest shouters, nor can we say that a large, unruly crowd is always the best arbiter of what is right.”

“Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely in order to realize our need of one another.”

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”

“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said “Let us pray.” We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”

“We learn from history that we don’t learn from history!”

“When we see others as the enemy, we risk becoming what we hate. When we oppress others, we end up oppressing ourselves. All of our humanity is dependent upon recognizing the humanity in others.”

“Religion is like a knife: you can either use it to cut bread, or stick in someone’s back.”

“We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew… Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful… and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things.”

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

“Dear Child of God, I am sorry to say that suffering is not optional.”

“Language is very powerful. Language does not just describe reality. Language creates the reality it describes.”

“We are made for goodness. We are made for love. We are made for friendliness. We are made for togetherness. We are made for all of the beautiful things that you and I know. We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders. All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight, all, all, all. We all belong to this family, this human family, God’s family.”

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

“Like when you sit in front of a fire in winter — you are just there in front of the fire. You don’t have to be smart or anything. The fire warms you.”

“Though wrong gratifies in the moment, good yields its gifts over a lifetime.”

“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

“We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.”

“Out of the cacophony of random suffering and chaos that can mark human life, the life artist sees or creates a symphony of meaning and order. A life of wholeness does not depend on what we experience. Wholeness depends on how we experience our lives.”

“There is nothing more difficult than waking someone who is only pretending to be asleep.”

“If you want to keep people subjugated, the last thing you place in their hands is a Bible. There’s nothing more radical, nothing more revolutionary, nothing more subversive against injustice and oppression than the Bible.”

“A person is a person through other persons; you can’t be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.”

“Ubuntu […] speaks of the very essence of being human. [We] say […] “Hey, so-and-so has ubuntu.” Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, “My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours.” We belong in a bundle of life. We say, “A person is a person through other persons.”

[…] A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are.”

“It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul.”

“We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.”

“It always comes back to our insecurities, as we say, “Oh, I’m not as good as you.” So instead of accepting that perhaps I am not as good as someone else in some ways and being comfortable with who I am as I am, I spend all my time denigrating you, trying to cut you down to my self-perceived size. The sad problem is that we see ourselves as being quite terribly small. Instead of spending my time being envious, I need to celebrate your and my different gifts, even if mine are perhaps less spectacular than yours.”

“Our maturity will be judged by how well we are able to agree to disagree and yet continue to love one another, to care for one another, and cherish one another and seek the greater good of the other.”

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring.”

“To be neutral in a situation of injustice is to have chosen sides already. It is to support the status quo.”

“Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity.”

“But suffering from a life-threatening disease also helped me have a different attitude and perspective. It has given a new intensity to life, for I realize how much I used to take for granted-the love and devotion of my wife, the laughter and playfulness of my grandchildren, the glory of a splendid sunset, the dedication of my colleagues. The disease has helped me acknowledge my own mortality, with deep thanksgiving for the extraordinary things that have happened in my life, not least in recent times. What a spectacular vindication it has been, in the struggle against apartheid, to live to see freedom come, to have been involved in finding the truth and reconciling the differences of those who are the future of our nation.”

“It may be a procession of faithful failures that enriches the soil of godly success. Faithful actions are not religious acts. They are not even necessary actions undertaken by people of faith. Faithful actions, whether they are marked by success or they end in failure, are actions that are compelled by goodness.”

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality”

“God is not a diversion.”

“To forgive is not just to be altruistic.”

“… freedom translates into having a supply of clean water, having electricity on tap; being able to live in a decent home and have a good job; to be able to send your children to school and to have accessible healthcare. I mean what’s the point of having made this transition if the quality of life … is not enhanced and improved? If not, the vote is useless.”

“My message to the international community is that our silence and complicity especially on the situation in Gaza shames us all. It is almost like the behaviour of the military junta in Burma”

“A person is a person because s/he recognizes others as persons.”

“We shall be free only together, black and white. We shall survive only together, black and white. We can be human only together, black and white.”

“True peace must be anchored in justice and an unwavering commitment to universal rights for all humans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin or any other identity attribute.”

“When God grabs you by the scruff of the neck then although theoretically you have a freedom to say ‘no’, in another sense, actually, you can’t say no because it’s like Jeremiah. ‘God, you have cheated me. You called me to be a prophet against the people that I love, and all that I proclaim is words of doom and judgement.’ And yet if I say “I will shut up”, I can’t.”

Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy

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The Turkey debate tournament was held 3-4 September 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. It was CA’ed by a great team, namely Melda Eren (CA), Monica Forman (CA), Nika Jelendorf (CA), Rebecca Irvine (CA).

Here are the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house believes that governments should strictly regulate construction and renovation in order to preserve historical architecture (buildings, parks, public spaces etc).
Round 2: This house would ban self-learning sex robots that aim to be highly gratifying and realistic
Round 3: This house would permanently remove from service Imams who are stationed in places where an honour killing has occured
Round 4: This house would not use scientific data acquired through non-ethical experiments

Final: Infoslide: Husartsan was the first memorial monument dedicated to the victims of the ‘Armenian Tragedy’. It was erected in 1919 near Taksim Square in Istanbul, on the premises of a former Armenian Cemetary. In 1922, during the occupation of Istanbul, the monument was dismantled and subsequently lost under unknown circumstances. Recently, President Erdogan has declared Turkey the “most meaningful place” to commemorate the ‘Armenian Tragedy’, which Ankara does not recognize as genocide.
Motion: This house would rebuild the Husartsan memorial

CEBU IV

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ROUND 1: “Gurlie”
– This house celebrates the “fetishization” of the LGBT in porn (men who watch lesbian porn; women who watch gay porn; shemale)
– This house would fabricate evidence in order to create the impression that historical icons had been gay
– Info slide: A study conducted by Cambridge University describes the role of genetic regulators which influences whether an immature germ cell differentiates into a male or female cell, and how that process can be manipulated. In the future, it is possible for stem cells from a male to be used to produce an egg, allowing an infant to have two biological fathers. Motion: Assuming feasibility, This house believes that the state should heavily subsidize the access to “2-father babies”.

ROUND 2 : “Givenchi kokoli datung”
– This house will impose minimum educational qualification as a requirement to stock market participation
-Info slide: A charter city involves a developing country giving a long term lease on a small area of land to a developed country. The developed country will build and govern a new city for a pre-determined period of time. Motion: This house would establish charter cities in developing countries
– This house will repeal all laws requiring mandatory remittances from Overseas workers

ROUND 3 : “taralets penpen de chorvaloo”
– This house would include E-sports in the Olympics
– This house will allow organized fight clubs
– This house supports the integration of moral choices in games

ROUND 4 : “THROWBEKS”
– This house will go back in time and save Jesus Christ from crucifixion
– This house believes that the Ministry of Magic should require wizards to live in muggle communities
– In case of a zombie-epidemic, This house believes that zombies have a right to a humane life in special zombie-habitats

ROUND 5 : “Huling push? K mo yan ‘teh!”
– Info slide: Kevin really hates Charles. For four years, Kevin meticulously planned how to kill Charles, and he learned that Charles loves eating Lechon belly. Last night, Kevin gave Charles a cyanide laced lechon belly which Charles ate heartedly. To Kevin’s surprise, he saw Charles the next day happy, blooming and healthy. It turns out that Charles is immune to cyanide. Motion:  This house will still charge Kevin with Murder.
– This house will repeal all laws that criminalize any form of speech (Libelous,Seditious, Discriminatory, Slanderous, Defamation)
– This house would not afford religious identity the same level of anti-discrimination protection as inborn traits (ex. race and *sexuality)

QUARTERS: “ Ms. International”
– This house believes that the EU should ban its member states from selling arms to former Soviet States
– This house would make the ratification of the ICC charter as a pre-condition for UNSC membership
– This house believes that the United Nations should tax the profits of all natural resource sales worldwide.

SEMIS : “”Charles is the new Char! Charles!”
– Assuming the technology exists which allows an absolute “mind wipe”, This house would allow convicted criminals to choose it as penalty over incarceration
– If Vatican discovers evidence that the Judeo-Christian God is female, this house will destroy it
– Aromantic is the lack of of romantic attraction towards anyone.TH prefers an Aromantic world

Finals : Madam Josie Rizal
– This house regrets the conception of a National Hero (debated)
– This house believes that Philippines should abandon its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support to the Philippines’ claim to the West Philippine Sea.
– This house will give more votes to those who pay higher income tax

Philippine Debate Open 2015

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Round 1: Minorities
– This house would prohibit disadvantaged groups from being portrayed as antagonists in fictional media
– This house believes that sexually provocative female celebrities, who publicly identify as feminists, harm the movement
– This house believes that social media sites should not limit the sexual expressions of its users

Round 2: Expression
– This house believes that protesters should not fight for their causes anonymously
– This house believes that movements should manufacture martyrs for the greater good of their cause
– This house would allow corporations to enforce their religious identity, including but not limited to, the denial of goods and services

Round 3: Development Economics
Info Slide: Quantitative easing (QE) is a type of monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate the economy when standard monetary policy has become ineffective. A central bank implements quantitative easing by buying specified amounts of financial assets from commercial banks and other private institutions, thus raising the prices of those financial assets, while simultaneously increasing the money supply. Part of the increased money supply flows to emerging markets. Motion: This house believes that quantitative easing has done more harm than good in emerging markets
– This house would progressively tax the extraction of non-renewable natural resources
– This house would allow individuals to select which welfare services to consume, subject to a maximum monetary value per individual

Round 4: Socio-Legal
Info Slide: The privilege against self-incrimination prevents the government from forcing an accused person or a witness to testify against himself. Any self-incriminating testimony, without their consent, is inadmissible in court. An individual can refuse to answer questions that he/she believes will incriminate him/her. The prosecutor may not comment on his/her silence. Motion: In areas with high crime rates, THW implement a zero-tolerance policy for petty offenses
– This house would abolish the privilege against self-incrimination
– This house would allow society to pardon political crimes (sedition, treason, rebellion, and other crimes against the state) via referenda

Round 5: Science and Society
Info Slide: Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) was a woman whose cancer cells were “immortal” (could regenerate indefinitely, as opposed to normal cells with a shelf life of a few days). Unknown to the Lacks family until researchers investigated further into their family genetics decades later, a sample of her cells was cultivated by a research lab, producing about 20 tons of HeLa cells to date. These cells have been used to research into vaccines (i.e. the cure for polio), cancer, gene mapping, toxic testing, and countless other scientific pursuits. There are more than 10,000 patents that have some point used HeLa cells in their development. Motion: THW allow the Lacks family to patent the HeLa cell
– With the consent of all relevant individuals, This house would suspend scientific ethics in favor of scientific advancement
– Assuming feasibility, This house believes that states should temporarily neuter the emotional inhibitions of their soldiers

Round 6: Conflict
– This house believes that the United States should grant asylum to individuals who actively associate with & significantly participate in US military efforts in conflict zones, such as military interpreters and local troops
This house believes that Muslim states should lead in the war against ISIS
In hindsight, This house would not have established the state of Israel

Open Octofinals: Religion
– This house would allow children who have reached the age of majority to sue their parents for religious indoctrination
– This house regrets religion’s reliance on miracles in promoting their faith
– This house supports religious missionaries that proselytize in economically depressed communities

Open Quarterfinals & High School Semifinals: Culture and Art
Info Slide: Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902) was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. As an ardent believer in British colonialism, Rhodes founded the south African territory of Rhodesia, South Africa’s Rhodes University, and the Rhodes Scholarship. Rhodes was an integral participant in South African colonization. Last week, the University of Cape Town bowed to student protests and removed a prominent memorial statue of Rhodes. Motion: This house celebrates the demolition of the Cecil Rhodes statue
– This house believes that prestigious art galleries that market to the rich do more harm than good to the art industry
– In multi-ethnic countries, This house would set minimum ethnic diversity quotas in residential areas

Open Semifinals & HS Grand Finals: International Relations
– As Greece, This house would prefer the political and economic assistance of Russia over the EU’s
– This house believes that Western liberal democracies should subsidize the operations of their multinational corporations in African states to challenge the growing Chinese economic interests in the region
– This house believes that the ASEAN should pursue deeper political integration, including but not limited to the removal of the non-interventionist policy and the enforcement of the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Grand Finals: Women
– This house regrets the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign
– This house believes that the law regarding abortion should be decided in a women-only referendum
– In pursuit of true and meaningful liberation of women, This house believes that feminists should abandon organized religion

Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship 2015 Motions

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Test Debate
This house believes that feminists should support the sexual objectification of men

Round 1 (Education)
This house believes that state funding for public schools should be contingent on the performance of their students in standardized tests
This house believes that universities should allow their students to choose the method of assessment (e.g., written test, group project, research paper, etc.) for the subjects/courses that they take
This house celebrates the notion of a “corporate sell out”

Round 2 (Media & Information)
This house believest that media practitioners should publicly disclose their political party affiliations
This house believes that western liberal democracies should compel social networking sites and search engines to actively filter content supporting terrorism
This house, as an academic researcher who is a supporter of a specific political party, would not publish research which contradicts or weakens my party’s policies

Round 3 (Sports)
This house believes that sporting leagues should prevent their clubs from breaching a fixed salary cap
This house would prohibit athletes from expressing their political beliefs at sporting events
This house would require sporting leagues to provide financial support to players after retirement

Round 4 (Geopolitics)
This house celebrates Syriza’s victory
As Turkey, This house would recognize the Armenian Genocide
This house would recognize an independent state of Kurdistan

Round 5 (Economics)
This house believes that the United States should subsidize its domestic oil fracking firms
This house would break up banks which are deemed “too big to fail”
THBT the allies of the United States should revoke their support for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Round 6 (Social Policy)
THBT all information regarding any individual’s wealth should be publicly available
THBT governments should suppress all research that attempts to create strong artificial intelligence (Info slide: Strong artificial intelligence (strong AI) is the intelligence of an artificial being that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can. It is the ability to perform “general intelligent action”. Strong AI is oftentimes distinguished from weak AI (definition: the use of software to study or accomplish specific problem solving or reasoning tasks). Weak AI, in contrast to strong AI, does not attempt to simulate the full range of human cognitive abilities.)
THW abolish the doctrine of jury nullification (Info slide: Jury nullification is a doctrine in criminal law that allows a jury to acquit (i.e., to give a verdict of “not guilty”) a defendant despite its belief that the accused is guilty of the crime charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it believes is either immoral or wrongly applied to the defendant whose fate they are charged with deciding.)
Round 7 (Governance and Politics)
TH prefers a prosperous autocracy over a fragile democracy
THW declare a failure of elections based on the low voter turnout of racial minorities
THW require candidates for public office to possess a college degree
Sinag Semifinals (Religion)
THBT the LGBT movement should stop biblical interpretations that portray gays in a positive light
THW compel the Church to compensate Catholics who contract HIV
THBT the Church should excommunicate politicians who are convicted of corruption
Sinag Grand Finals (Philippines)
THW not support the Bangsamoro Basic Law
In developing countries, THW require recent college graduates to work in government for a certain period of time
TH regrets the AFP’s modernization program as a response to Chinese aggression
Octofinals (Development)
THBT all idle land should be returned to the state
THW give veto power to indigenous peoples over resource-extraction ventures
THW ban the advertising of consumer credit products in developing countries
Quarterfinals (Conflict)
THBT it is high time for the United States to abandon all support to Israel
THW require recipients of military and security aid to include women in their armed forces
THBT it is legitimate for states to lie about armed conflicts & humanitarian crises
Semifinals (Gender)
In liberal democracies, THBT the LGBT movement should not respect the choice to remain in the closet
TH, as the feminist movement, would support female politicians who belong to conservative parties
THW ban pro-life protests in the proximity of abortion clinics
Grand Finals (Climate Change)
THBT microfinance institutions should heavily prioritize ventures that have environmentally sustainable business operations
As a developing state, THBT individuals and firms should be subjected to a cap on electricity consumption from non-renewable energy sources
As major polluters, THBT there is a moral obligation to grant automatic citizenship to individuals who will become stateless because of climate change

WSDC 2016 Stuttgart, Germany

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Motions, that are marked with bold are motions that were debated impromptu.

GF: This house believes that states should be allowed to pay other states to relocate and settle refugees.
SF: Ths house believes that versions of history taught by states through the education system should not be designed to promote national pride.
QF: This house belives that governments should ban their citizens from joining overseas groups fighting against terrorism which are not official military forces.
OF: This house believes that large tech companies should refuse to provide data on their customers to governments, even if it involves refusing to comply with a law which compels them to do so.
PDO: This house would abolish religious primary and secondary schools.

R8: This house would require individuals to pass a political general knowledge test in order to vote.
R7: This house believes that Obama’s administration has done more harm than good.
R6: This house believes that it should be a criminal offence to make comments which could promote hatred against people of particular races, religions, disabilities, sexualities or gender identities.
R5: This house believes that technology companies with significant market shares should not be eligible for patent protection.
R4: This house would televise criminal trials.
R3: This house would require democratic states to hold a national referendum to ratify free trade agreements.
R2: This house believes that major film and television awards shows should abolish awards categories separated by gender.
R1: This house believes that, after meeting their basic needs, individuals have a moral responsibility to donate their wealth towards poverty alleviation.

Motions for the XIII NLS India Debate

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Main Finals – This house prefers a world without Facebook.
Novice Finals – This house prefers a world with only one language.
Main Semifinals – This house believes that Singapore should “de-stalinize” Lee Kuan Yew.
Novice Semifinals – This house believes that states should de-institutionalize marriage.
Quarterfinals – This house believes that martyrdom does more harm than good.
Octofinals – Technology and Ethics
This house would not permit manufacturers of consumer goods (such as mobile phones, music players, televisions, etc.) to create products that compete with or substitute older versions more than once in five years.
This house would not send individuals to go on a one-way trip to Mars.
This house would halt all further mechanization of labor.
(Note: The tournament has a history of setting only one motion during the break rounds, which we followed except for Octofinals)

Round 1 – Morality / Philosophy
This house regrets the idea of popular stories for children always having a happy ending.
This house would put a cap on the number of years a person can live.
This house would use human shields.

Round 2 – University
This house regrets the disciplinary jurisdiction of Universities over cases of sexual harassment.
This house would exempt universities from censorboard regulations on release/telecast of dramas and movies.
This house regrets anti-fraternization culture between students and teachers.

Round 3 – Sports
This house believes that the Indian cricket team should adopt the South African policy (which mandates playing 4 players belonging to religious/social minorities).
This house would make Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a public company.
This house believes that the Olympics should recognize videogames as a sport.

Round 4 – Free Speech and Expression
This house believes that an exercise of free speech should not be required to show ‘redeeming value’.
This house believes that states should uphold the ‘Heckler’s Veto’ (the suppression of speech by the government, because of the possibility of a violent reaction by third parties).
*3rd motion to follow*

Round 5 – International Politics
This house would allow Iran to develop its civilian nuclear program in exchange for using its troops to battle ISIS.
This house believes that war memorials dedicated to depicting the losses incurred by the losing side should be set up in the capital cities of the victors.
This house believes that the US should accept the offer to become a signatory to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Round 6 – Feminism
This house, as the feminist movement, would celebrate the choice of women to not procreate.
This house, as liberal feminists, will vocally denounce the notion of embracing sexual appeal as a means of empowerment.
This house believes that India’s Daughter should have been aired in Doordarshan/All India Radio.

Bali UADC 2015

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Round 1: Development
This house believes that development aid should be made conditional on poor countries aggressively pursuing population control In the pursuit of promoting development,
This house believes that development aid should come with zero interest
This house would impose an extremely high ownership fee on vehicle ownership (200%-300%) in developing countries

Round 2: Women
This house believes that governments of conservative societies should financially incentivize men to be house-husbands
This house, as a woman, would vote for Hillary Clinton
In order to address the wage gap, This house would impose a higher income tax on men

Round 3: International Law
This house believes that states should hold periodic elections for their local governments where people can vote to permanently secede
This house would allow the owners of IP rights to sue governments where those IP rights are widely infringed upon within their countries
This house believes that trials involving crimes against humanity should continue despite the death of the accused

Round 4: Technology
This house would nationalise all internet search engines (e.g. Google Search)
This house would not recognise a right to be forgotten online
This house believes that first world countries should criminalise mere access to the deep web
(Definition: The deep web is the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines and typically contains illegal or subversive content.)

Round 5: Economics
Thio house would only allow people to obtain credit credits if they exceed the average national income per person
This house supports the use of economic terrorism to fight against unfair trade practices of large nations, such as currency manipulation and trade-distorting subsidies
(Definition: Economic terrorism is an attempt by a non-state actor of a coordinated destabilisation, in order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, including but not limited to, aggressive market tactics, hoarding dollar reserves for currency manipulation and physical attacks to ports.)
This house believes that EU nations should abandon austerity measures in favour of deficit-spending

Round 6: Refugees
This house would give automatically grant refugees citizenship; if the conflict they are escaping from continues for an equal amount of time it takes for a person to acquire citizenship in the sheltering nation
This house believes that people who consented to be smuggled across borders but arelater trafficked, should be considered as illegal immigrants, rather than as victims
This house supports Australia paying developing countries (e.g. Cambodia, Papua New Guinea) to take in its refugees

Round 7: Geo-politics
This house believes that the Philippines should waive its claim over Sabah in exchange for Malaysia supporting the Spratly Islands case against China
This house believes that India should give military aid to Pakistan to assist in the war on terror
Assuming feasibility, This house would relocate Palestine

Round 8: Social Liberties
This house believes that Western Liberal Democracies should not allow drawing competitions of the Prophet Muhammad.
This house would make labour union membership mandatory
This house prefers using referendums instead of the courts in deciding the legality of civil rights

Open Pre-Octofinals: Environment
This house, as an environmental activist, would not engage in carbon offsetting
(Definition: Carbon offsetting is when a person attempts to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases in order to compensate for their own carbon-heavy emission.)
This house would ban any speech and publication denying man-made climate change
This house regrets fossil fuel divestment campaign
(Definition: Divestment campaign is a movement to lobby for people to refrain from investing OR for holders of stocks, bonds, or investment funds to sell their shares in fossil fuel companies)

Open Octofinals: Languages & Symbols
This house would ban all historically discriminatory words
This house regrets the prevalence of battlefield metaphor in describing the condition of individuals with cancer; such as cancer survivor, fighting cancer and lost the battle to cancer
This house believes that the disability rights movement should exploit rather than oppose “inspiration porn”
(Definition: “Inspiration porn” is any picture, video, meme, or feel-good article that displays a person with a disability doing an ordinary activity – such as playing, talking, or walking – and hailing such activity as inspiring.)

Open Quarterfinals & EFL Pre-Quarterfinals: LGBT
This house believes that the state should pay reparations to homosexuals after it recognises marriage equality
This house would not publish the names of donors to ballot initiatives, such as Proposition 8
This house regrets granting the ESPY Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner
(Context: Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender who was born biologically male. She was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, a former Olympian athlete and a reality show celebrity in “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.)

EFL Quarters: Elections
This house would ban all forms of election-related polls, such as election forecasts and public opinion polls
This house believes that states should not allow individuals with dual citizenship to vote in either of their national elections, unless they give up one of their citizenship status
This house would mandate a quota of seats for young politicians (i.e. 18 to 30 year-olds) in the Parliament

Open Semifinals & EFL Semifinals: Philosophistication
Given the trolley problem, This house would not do anything
(Definition: The “trolley problem” is a thought experiment in ethics. The general form of problem is the following: There is a runaway trolley speeding down the railway. Ahead, the trolley is heading towards five people tied up and it will end up killing them. Next to you, there is a lever that allows you to switch the track that the trolley is on to a track that will kill one person only. Do you pull the lever or not do anything?)
This house would allow the enforcement of “moral agreements” between private citizens, including the mutual agreement on the punishment administered
Assuming the technology exists, This house would forcibly return his memories
(Situation: A man who is married with two kids is living a happy life. He got into a terrible accident while alone on vacation, suffered from permanent amnesia and goes missing. Subsequently, he has established a new life and is happily living with his new family. A friend has discovered him and offered to re-introduce him to his old life. He refuses to return to his old life.)

EFL Finals: Religion
This house believes that secular democracies with substantial religious communities should not allow a separate legal system for those communities (e.g. Syariah Law, Canon Law)
This house would recognise religious indoctrination as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing
This house, as the atheist community, will not support Dawkin’s “God Delusion” publication
(Context: Richard Dawkin’s best-selling “The God Delusion” book sets out to prove that God does not exist and a personal belief in God qualifies as a delusion and an insanity.)

Grand Finals: Social Construct
This house believes that Western governments should cease their efforts to universalise liberal values
This house regrets the norm of prospective parents actively choosing to have a biological child rather than adopt
This house prefers a world without any conception of gender over a world with a conception of gender identities

2015 Mahidol BP Open

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The tournament was held in the British Parliamentary debate format, in june 27-28th 2015.

Grandfinals motion: This house believes that the British monarchy should actively and openly influence local/national politics.
Semifinals: Assuming the technology exists, This house remove aggression from human behavior.

Round 1: This house regrets the Dutch court’s decision to grant the climate liability suit filed by activists. (Context: The climate liability suit decision requires the Dutch government to cut carbon emissions by 25% within 5 years)
Round 2: This house, as the indigenous community, would engage in ecological terrorism to protect its lands.
Round 3: This house, as the transgender community, rejects Dolezal’s transracial claim.
Round 4: This house supports prohibiting the sale and display of the Confederate flag except for educational purposes.

Dutch WUDC 2017

Dutch WUDC 2017 – The Hague

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The Worlds Universities Debating Championship 2017 is taking place right now in The Hague, Netherlands. The rounds start on the 28th of December, and we will post all the WUDC 2017 motions and results as soon as they are announced. If you are participating or just following your team, check in the comments!

Round 1: This house believes that post-genocidal regimes should destroy all places of extermination (for example, death camps).
Round 2: This house would allow members of the armed forces to form labour unions
Round 3: This house believes that sports leagues should significantly tax and redistribute from wealthier teams to poorer teams
Round 4: In areas with rapidly rising property prices, This house would suspend all restrictions on property development that are not health and safety requirements (for example, environmental zoning regulations, building height restrictions, and regulations on the appearance of buildings)
Round 5: This House believes that the Netherlands should allow citizens to purchase additional votes from the government at a cost proportional to their wealth (for example, one additional vote for 1% of wealth) Info Slide: The Netherlands has a political system with many political parties in which no one party typically gets a majority of the vote. Seats in the parliament are allocated in proportion to the number of votes received by each party on a national level (‘proportional representation’). The government is formed by the coalition of parties that has a majority in the parliament.
Round 6: This house believes that the world would be a better place if women from privileged backgrounds turned down any benefits arising from affirmative actions programs.
Round 7: This house believes that South Korea should produce nuclear weapons
Round 8: This house regrets the glamorization of start-up culture that encourages people to start own companies rather than puruse traditional career paths
Round 9: This house would temporarily and significantly relax minimum labour standards in times of unusually high unemployment, including workplace health and safety standards, minumum wage, working hour restrictions etc.

Partial Double Octos: This house believes that countries close to conflict zones should only grant long-term asylum to refugees who agree to one year of military service.
ESL Quarterfinals: This house believes that the U.S. should provide campaign funding for federal and state confressmen and senators who score highly on bipartisan metrics*. *Info: Scores derived from instances of voting with the other party, co-sponsoring bills, etc., calculated by independent bodies.
Open Octo-finals: This house would ban advocacy for religious belief in public places
ESL Semis: This house, as the pope, would abolish the requirement for clerical celibacy.

There are videos for some of the debates, sadly they decided not to allow us to embedd the video, so go and see the video of the open finals here