National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia (NHRCM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU) for three years of term. Byambadorj Jamsran, Chief Commissioner of NHRCM and Amgalanbaatar Kh., President of CMTU have signed this Memorandum of Understanding on July 3, 2019 for the purpose of promoting and protecting the rights to work and freedom of association guaranteed in the Constitution of Mongolia and international human rights treaties and to eliminate and prevent any human rights violation in labour relation. This MOU also aims to increase human rights awareness and understanding of public and stakeholders and enhance further cooperation of two parties.
These two institutions previously collaborated on various activities in relation to labour rights including undertaking an inquiry into mining and other sectors, eliminating violations of the rights to work and freedom of association, providing their legal advice and comments into the amendment of Labor Code, conducting training on human rights and advocacy activities for promotion of labour rights. Under the renewed MOU, the bilateral organizations will conduct a joint-inquiry, issue joint recommendations on legislation, administrative decisions pertaining to the labour rights and freedom of association, and carry out a strategic litigation against any legal and administrative decisions that have violated the rights to work and freedom of association.
In addition, NHRCM and CMTU will conduct a joint inquiry in Umnugovi, Dundgovi, Orkhon and Sukhbaatar provinces to follow up on the implementation of the NHRC's 2018 “Assessment of human rights impacts on coal mining and transportation of Tavan Tolgoi coal deposit". Two parties will also cooperate on enabling a legal environment to ensure that provisions of prohibition on workplace harassment and the accountability mechanism are included in the Labor Code and the Law on Violation.