Flavio Baroffio

Tunisia : Land of Hope in the Arab World

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By Flavio Baroffio

Tunisia is considered to be the cradle of the Arab Spring which has changed drastically the political landscape of the Middle East. It all started in December 2010 when mass protestations broke out in Tunisia because the people were discontent with the economic, political situation and the all-occurring corruption. Shortly after, in January 2011 the former ruler of Tunisia, Ben-Ali, had to step down[1]. Three years later, in 2014, democratic parliamentary elections were held and a new Constitution was adopted. The uprising in Tunisia inspired many other democratic movements in the Arab world, but Tunisia remains the only country where democracy took root. Read the rest of this entry »

Flogged for Blogging

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By Flavio Baroffio

When writing my articles for the “UNO, You Know?!” Blog I don’t have to fear to be thrown into jail or being tortured for expressing my opinions. Unfortunately that could happen to me if I lived in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi blogger Raif Badawi is now in jail for already three years because he was doing exactly the same thing I did : expressing his opinion in a blog. His wife Ensaf Haidar, now living in exile in Canada with their three children, was a guest at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. She was interviewed by the journalist Tom Gross. In the following article I would like to share with you the story of Raif Badawi based on the interview given by his wife. Read the rest of this entry »

GIMUN’s delegation goes to OxIMUN

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By Flavio Baroffio

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On Friday, November 13th, our OxIMUN adventure finally started. We got up very early and took our flight to London, from where we got onto a bus to Oxford. There, we were welcomed by our last delegate Tim, whom I want thank at this point for all he has been doing for us during the conference. Being an exchange student from Oxford, he shared with us his knowledge of the city, showed us the ways around Oxford and booked delicious restaurants for dinner. We were always thankful to be able to rely on him. After we stowed our luggage at a friend of Tim’s place, the conference could finally begin. Read the rest of this entry »