The National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia in cooperation with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amnesty International Mongolia, Mongolian Bar Association, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science have organized a symposium on “Strengthening the Human Rights Culture” on December 07, 2018.
Chief Commissioner Byambadorj Jamsran highlighted the following points in his speech “Building a culture of respecting human rights will be a catalyst for making a just society. The human rights education plays a crucial role in implementing a respect and protection of human rights. There has been a considerable progress in increasing awareness of human rights principles and norms and strengthening human rights knowledge and culture in the world. Although Mongolia is including human rights education in its formal and non-formal education system, a level of implementation of human rights education is still insufficient when it comes to daily lives of public and youth. In short, there is a lack of human rights culture and human rights-based approach among public. Thus, there is a greater need for us to have a continuous effort and planning until the human rights culture is engrained in public mindsets with human rights education.”
Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, Byambadorj Jamsran, Chief Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, and Ms. Beate Trankmann, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme Resident Representative have attended the event and presented their opening remarks.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Beata Trankmann said, “It is an honour to join you for this important event, to discuss how to protect and strengthen the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as human rights education and action. Mongolia has made good progress in advancing human rights, since its transition to democracy a quarter of a century ago. It is one of just six democracies ranked as ‘free’ in the Asia Pacific by the 2018 Freedom House Report. But like many countries around the world, challenges to fully realising human rights remain. Existing laws must be implemented, and safeguards must be made accessible. Human rights education also has a vital role to play, to raise human rights awareness and create public demand for their enforcement and protection.
How a society treats its minorities and vulnerable reflects its maturity. The 70th anniversary of the UDHR is an opportunity for Mongolia to renew its commitment to protect the rights of all its people, and the UN stands ready to support it.”
The Chief Commissioner Byambadorj Jamsran further highlighted, “Today, we have gathered here to further strengthen the established human rights culture and its achievements and to discuss how we can effectively disseminate human rights education and contribute to forming a society where human rights culture prevail. This year, the joint symposium on "Strengthening the Human Rights Culture" is being organized on the occasion of 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 20th anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, 25th anniversary of the Paris Principles on the Status of National Human Rights Institutions, 25th anniversary of the "Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions" and the “Human Rights Day" which is celebrated across the world on December 10 every year. As an outcome document of this Symposium, there will be a set of recommendations by multi-stakeholders aimed at providing human rights education and forming human rights culture. The National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia is pleased to express its willingness to work closely with other organizations to put its efforts and commitment to strengthen human rights education and culture, and to advance towards the realization of human rights and freedoms."
The event is not being organized for the first time, the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia has been organizing a human rights education forum, conferences and scientific meetings in cooperation with Amnesty International Mongolia, to seek concrete solutions. More than 120 people attended this event, including governmental and non-governmental organizations, civil servants, educators, health practitioners, journalists, businessmen, lawyers, law enforcement and representatives of rural bodies who are responsible for human rights. Principals and managers of each 21 provinces’ school were invited to share their good experiences the "Human rights friendly school".