The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is undertaking assessment country visits in 2018 to a number of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) participating States to identify challenges and good practices in the protection of human rights defenders, thereby launching the first country-specific assessment cycle focused on the situation of human rights defenders. Mongolia is included in the States that ODIHR will visit as part of the first assessment cycle.
The representatives of ODIHR of OSCE have visited Mongolia to identify challenges and good practices in protection of human rights defenders and to make an assessment on the situation of human rights defenders through holding a meeting with relevant state authorities, National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, and civil society organizations from September 24 to October 1, 2018. At these meetings, ODIHR will seek to collect information about the situation of human rights defenders in Mongolia and the measures and mechanisms put in place to protect human rights defenders, including challenges and good practices in this area. Chief Commissioner Byambadorj Jamsran has hosted a meeting with the representatives of ODIHR on 25 September 2018.
During the meeting, they have exchanged information on situation of human rights defenders in Mongolia, their challenges and progress as well as activities undertaken by the Commission in this regard. The National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia informed the delegates that the Commission has developed a draft law on human rights defenders in collaboration with civil society organizations and delivered the draft law to some members of the Parliament.
The ODIHR visit will provide an independent and impartial assessment and will aim to support the relevant government and non-governmental organizations in Mongolia in strengthening the system of human rights defenders. The final report on the assessment of the human rights defenders is expected to be released in 2019.