The United Nations' (UN) International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held every year on 26 June to speak out against the crime of torture and to honor and support victims and survivors throughout the world.
The Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Human Rights, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, is organizing a discussion on “The Rights of Torture Victims” at the State Palace today.
The discussion was launched with opening remarks by Ms. Oyundari N., Parliamentarian member and Chief of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Human Rights. She expressed that fulfilling human rights is not only the duty of the state, but is an obligation of everyone, and non-government organizations can be an influencer platform in this regard.
Ms. Oyunchimeg Purev, Commissioner of NHRCM, was the first presenter of the discussion to present on “Challenges in ensuring the right to be free from torture: National legal framework implementation and international human rights legal requirements”.
Commissioner Oyunchimeg emphasized, "… There are two main obstacles in ensuring the right to be free from torture. One is budget. Whenever we raise the issue, a lack of funding is raised in response to. In the past, we had a law and its implementing body. In 2000, we ratified the Convention against Torture, however ratification is not enough, we should also ensure implementation of the Convention as well. For the past 19 years, many talked about the torture issue non-stop. When we met and talked with some prosecutors and judges to advise them to adhere to the international conventions, they said that they had not received an order from a higher authority to do so. It is important to understand that we shall conduct our activities in accordance with laws, not at the direction of someone else. Twenty years of the NHRCM’s history shows that it is needless to talk about torture issues unless we change the attitude and awareness of people towards the human rights issues including torture. Without having a consistent training on human rights issues, any work against torture will not go far. Official recognition credit should be provided for human rights training and training should be considered one of the criteria for assessing work performance. Mongolia is a part of the world and a member of the United Nations. Therefore, Mongolia should not behave like it is the only country in the world, it is vital that Mongolia engages with international activities as well”.