Mr.Traian Laurentiu Hristea, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Mongolia held meeting with Commissioners of the NHRCM on 8 January 2021.
During the meeting, Mr.Traian Laurentiu Hristea said “When we followed the whole discussion of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, I was very enthusiastic about the very good performance, then my initial enthusiasm lowered… GSP+ status allows Mongolia to export over 6000 products to EU countries tax free provided that Mongolia implements human rights conventions. The moment Mongolia reinstate the death penalty, all the projects of the EU will stop”. He then expressed his interest in collaborating in addressing human rights issues.
During the meeting with the Acting Chief Commissioners J.Khunan, Commissioners G.Narantuya, D.Sunjid, Kh.Munkhzul and B.Enkhbold, Mr.Traian Laurentiu Hristea congratulated new Commissioners on their appointments and wished best in their career ahead, stating, “your future activity is not only crucial in promoting human rights in the country but also key to checks in balances of all the institutions and authorities as far as the promotion of the human rights is concerned.”
“This year the NHRCM celebrates its 20th Anniversary. The revised law on the NHRCM allows the Commission to operate at a new level by making demand and recommendations of the Commissioner to have binding power, strengthening accountability and requiring annual status report on human rights and freedom to be discussed during Parliament plenary session within first quarter of the year,” stated Mr.J.Khunan.
He then informed that the Commission is under process of developing the long-term strategic planning and policy for the next 4 years and look forward to collaborating in addressing human rights violation during COVID-19 pandemic and continuing to implement “Empowering assistant herders through human rights training and herders’ self-help groups” project.
Parties agreed to continue their cooperation, exchange information on human rights issues related to COVID-19, collaborate in addressing human rights violations, including child forced labour, and support each other in implementation, reporting and monitoring of the UPR recommendations and improving translation of international conventions.