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EM 19 (IA) – 1: Brunei Sharia Law Urgent Days of Action


Proposed by IT Blanchardstown SU / TU Dublin SU This requires two-thirds majority to pass Congress Notes

That students have been a fundamental instrument and key contributor of driving the queer rights movement historically and that human right issues are tackled head on by students with power, vigor and enthusiasm.

Congress Notes With Alarm


That Brunei is a country in Asia, that is governed by Sharia Law. As of from this week a law took effect whereby anyone engaging in queer intercourse or adulatory, would serve a sentence of death by stoning. This is not acceptable and a disgusting attack on human rights.

Congress Mandates

That USI officer-board leads a day of action, that will see students mobilized to show solidarity with those affected in Brunei.

Congress Further Mandates

That USI hosts a further day of action with letter drives calling the government to condemn and act as a lobbying power towards this to take a no tolerance stance on horrific, bigoted language.



IA 19 – 1            Non EU International Students

Proposed By NUI Galway Students’ Union

Congress notes:

Within the confines of a severely underfunded Higher Education system, many institutions are looking to internationalise as a means to increase fee income.

Congress condemns:


International students being used as a source of revenue, and the fact that there are not adequate supports in pace for international students who study here.

Congress notes with concern:

Non EU international students are often excluded from funding pots, for example, funds for Students with Disabilities and Field trip funds.

Congress mandates:

The Vice President for Equality and Citizenship to lobby the Department of Education and skills for funding streams to include non EU international students.






15 IA1 Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Reapproved 2018 and 2021
Congress notes with concern:

The on-going negotiations between the European Union and the United States in relation to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the potential impact that it could have on Irish higher education, democracy and wider society.

Congress does not support:

The lowering of any EU standards in regards to the environment, food safety, animal

welfare and workers’ rights.

In addition, Congress is especially concerned that under TTIP, the US would be allowed to export shale gas to Europe thus increasing fracking in the US and allowing US companies to challenge fracking bans in Europe under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause.

While Congress supports the EU’s efforts in job creation we believe that TTIP jeopardises the health and wellbeing of those living in the EU and therefore call on the EU to use these negotiations to encourage the US to raise its standards rather than lowering its own.

Congress affirms


that while it does not oppose free trade in principle, TTIP does not amount to a traditional free trade agreement but rather threatens to constitute an historic infringement upon democratic governance.

Conference mandates:

Officer Board to campaign against TTIP and to engage with like-minded organisations in Ireland and across Europe on the matter.