Student Parliament Session One

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On Tuesday 3 October we hosted our first session of Student Parliament.

Student Parliament is the main democratic decision making body of the Union. It is where students quiz the Executive as their elected representatives, and debate policy proposals. All students can sit and vote towards decisions about campaigns, policies and projects that will improve everyone's student experience at Strathclyde.

The first session saw some big policies passed, resulting in a lively evening of heated debate over some of the motion proposals.

The following three motions were passed:

  • Putting pressure towards the increase of living rent in Glasgow and the University’s Halls of Residence.
  • Solidarity with the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
  • Any part of the Armed Forces, including the Volunteer Reserve Units, will not be allowed to affiliate with the Union and are prohibited from undertaking any official activities in the Student Union or attending Union events, including the Freshers’ Fair.

After an in-depth discussion, the following motion fell:

  • Terminating the Honorary Life Membership given to Abdullah Ocalan

The next Student Parliament Meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 November where all students can once again take part in debating and voting on other motions. The deadline for submitting policy proposal motions is Friday 3rd November.

For more information and access to Parliament’s minutes, visit http://www.strathstudents.com/studentparliament

Comments

Onder Canbulat
12:20am on 14 Oct 17 Dear Strathclyde students, I think better to mention some of the points about the last motion. As you might be already aware, Abdullah Ocalan is the leader of the PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party), which is a prescribed terrorist organisation. Because, the UK Home office have determined that the PKK are listed as a “Proscribed Terrorist Organisation”. In addition, the US, EU, NATO, Australia and New Zealand, among others, have officially labelled the PKK as a terrorist organization. I still believe that our student union should not be involved in this kind of controversial political decisions. PKK is heavily involved in managing the drug trafficking through Turkey to Europe, and uses the illegal money for buying weapons and explosives. In mid-90s, the Government forces seized many laboratories of PKK that were used to enrich morphine and had the largest capacity in the Middle East and in Europe. PKK kidnapped numerous children and only last 3 years they kiddenped over than 3500 under 18 years old. You can find some relevant information over here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/proscribed-terror-groups-or-organisations--2 http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policyanalysis/view/contending-with-the-pkks-narco-terrorism http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/istanbul-bomb-turkey-car-terror-death-toll-dead-police-pkk-isiskilled-latest-a7468001.html
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