As spread of COVID-19 pandemic is on the rise in Mongolia, the country is facing a challenge to ensure its citizens’ rights to health, access to health care services, equal social participation, to be free from violence, discrimination as well as accessible public services and leaving no one behind.
The NHRCM calls on citizens, public, relevant governmental organizations, media to prevent domestic violence, violence against children, protect victims and detect hidden violence during the strict lockdown, extended by the Resolution No.04 of 25 April 2021 of the State Emergency Commission.
Domestic violence cases tend to increase during lockdown and restriction of movement measures as victims are confined in the same place with their violators. Notably, the number of domestic violence crimes increased by 15.5 percent compared to the same period last year and the number of deaths due to violence increased by 2.2 times.
In order to prevent domestic violence and violence against children during the pandemic, detect hidden violence, protect the lives and health of victims, we must all be vigilant, fulfill our duty as good neighbors, report to the police and perform our civic duties abide by the law.
We urge Government agencies and the Joint team for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence to fulfill their legal responsibilities, intensify their activities and improve their control during quarantine, and the media to promote a culture of zero tolerance to domestic violence and take the initiative to provide a wide range of contents aimed at disseminating and educating the public in respect for human rights and freedoms.
NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF MONGOLIA