NHRCM and the Office of the President of Mongolia co-organised an open discussion on the draft law on human rights on 9 April 2014. At the beginning of the discussion Commissioner Oyunchimeg Purev presented the draft law on the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia.
Mongolia adopted the Law on the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia in 2000 and established the Commission in 2001. The Law on the NHRCM, which has been in effect for the past 13 years without any revision or amendment, is criticized for not legalizing fundamental norms which were guaranteed by the UN Paris Principles.
At the initiatives of the President of Mongolia a working group to develop the draft law on the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia was established and has been working to develop concept of the law into that of the law on the human rights instead of keeping it as a law on an organization.
The new draft of the law is specific as it defines what human rights and freedoms are, who carries out the duties to ensure and protect these rights, and what is national system to protect human rights, and legalizes structure and functions of the national human rights institution and powers of the Commissioners. The draft law contains provisions that satisfy requirements of the International Coordinating Committee of the national human rights institutions and is given importance as it improves legislation o the national human rights institution and complies with international standards in connection with Mongolia’s nomination to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in 2015.
Most of the participants of the discussion were representatives of the civil society organisations that work in the field of human rights, and they exchanged their views on the issues such as name of the law and integration of provisions through which the Commission may have Commissioners who are in charge of the rights of the child and persons with disabilities.