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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

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.

Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 motions

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Round 1: Info slide: Mercenaries are soldiers for hire outside of national armed forces. They can be hired either as individuals contracted by a state or through companies offering these services to a state. Motion: This house would allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations.
Round 2: This house would would prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
Round 3: This house believes that all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all revenue from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
Round 4: This house believes that governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents.
Round 5: This house believes the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China.
Round 6: Info slide: A sunset clause is a legal measure that provides that the law in which it is contained shall expire after a specific date, unless further action is taken to extend it. Motion: This house believes that states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation.
Round 7: This house supports stronger collective bargaining rights and protections rather than legislated labor market regulations (e.g., wage levels and working conditions)
Round 8: This house believes that the creation of feminist icons and their cults of personality are good for the feminist movement
Round 9: Info slide: Culpability is a measure of the degree to which a person can be held morally responsible for an offense. Motion: This house believes that that criminal punishments should be based only on the offenders’ culpability rather than the damages caused by the criminal act or other outcomes derived from the punishment.