Asian Schools Debating Championship 2014 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2014 Asian Schools Debating Championships, hosted by Sri KDU, Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia from 2-9 June 2014 as made public by the Adjudication Core at

R1: Education
THW allocate school places solely on geographical proximity and not other criteria such as intelligence, ability or talent
THS the creation of exclusive schools for students that identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning)
TH regrets the narrative in education that success in life is contingent on one’s level of academic achievement

R2: Media
THW ban all media reporting on suicides.
THW remove all songs with anti-minority lyrics from public free-to-air radio.
THBT peacekeeping forces should not be obligated to protect war correspondents behind enemy lines.

THBT the United States should not have engaged in a prisoner swap with the Taliban.
THBT the United States should publicly extend support to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
THBT the United States should, given a choice between the two, focus on engaging India rather than China.

R4: Race
THW prevent dating websites and apps from allowing users to specify their racial preferences.
THBT national police forces should implement quotas to reflect the nation’s racial diversity.
THBT liberal democracies should grant minority races the ability to veto the implementation of nationwide policies.

R5: Crime and Punishment
In countries where prostitution is illegal, This House would charge the customers of prostitutes with rape.
In order to prevent illegal logging and poaching, This House supports vigilante action.
THW allow victims or victims’ families to veto the use of capital punishment when sentencing their aggressors, on grounds of religious objection.

R6: Environment
THW pay less-developed countries to preserve their forests.
THW impose a sin tax on the consumption of meat.
THBT developed countries, that were historically pollutive, have a moral obligation to give up part of their land to nations that will sink due to climate change (e.g. the Seychelles and the Maldives).

R7: LGBTQ Rights
In states where gay marriage is not yet legal, THBT it is better for the gay rights movement that openly gay people not enter into civil unions, until gay marriage is legalised.
THBT the asexual movement is better off engaging in activism separately from, rather than together with the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) movement.
THR a closeted Dumbledore.

OF: Government
Assuming the technology exists, THW allow soldiers to permanently remove their ability to experience fear.
In countries where voting is compulsory and people only get one vote each, THBT people should be allowed to cast negative votes against candidates in elections.
THBT it is legitimate for progressive politicians in conservative nations to lie about their political positions in order to get into power.

Novice QF, Open QF: Economics
THW subject CEOs (chief executive officers) of privatised public utilities and public transport companies, to regular national referenda on their performance.
THW nationalise all pharmaceutical companies.
THBT adopting a minimum wage for low-skilled workers is a better strategy for alleviating poverty, than subsidising skills upgrading courses.

Novice SF: Women
THBT First World feminists should not get involved in Third World feminists’ battles.
THBT feminists should condemn female celebrities that choose to stay in abusive relationships.
TH regrets dude feminism. Info Slide: Dude feminism is an attempt to attract men into the cause by saying that “real” men care about women’s issues (e.g. Real men do not rape)

Novice GF, Open SF: Geopolitics
TH regrets the reconciliation of Fatah and Hamas.
THBT it is in China’s interest to take a hardline stance against North Korea rather than continue to support it.
As the Thai military, THW not have taken over Thailand’s government through a coup d’état.

GF: Religion
TH regrets the emphasis on miracles in the spread of religion.
THBT the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) movement should fund the creation of genderqueer interpretations of existing religious doctrine.
THBT megachurches do more harm than good.