• National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia received A status based on accreditation from ICC SCA for the 3rd time

A legal environment is needed to protect human rights defenders

Ms. Bayarmaa A., a member of "The journalists’ club for human rights” of the Commission and a journalist of dorgio.mn news website, and Mr. Budragchaa S., a former Head of Investigative Department of "Mongolian News" newspaper, have participated in this month’s morning tea discussion as guest speakers. The guest speakers have provided information, based on their daily activities and experiences, on the challenges, difficulties, pressures and harassment they face to bring the truth about human rights issues to the public.

The participants of morning tea discussion have agreed that one of the main challenges is the issue on security and protection of human rights defenders in Mongolia and the lack of legal environment.

Human rights defenders are people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights. They can be journalists, environmentalists, whistle-blowers, trade unionists, lawyers, teachers, administrative officer, police, and so on.

People who stand for human rights and defend justice for themselves, others and future generations should not be exposed to any risk for bravely uncovering the truth. Therefore, the representatives of civil society organizations who work on human rights have expressed their interest in providing support to and cooperating with those two journalists to carry out their activities as human rights defenders.