On 2 March 2021, the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia (“NHRCM”) delivered a Demand to the General Staff of the Armed Forces (“GSMAF”) to put an end to human rights violations in military units. The NHRCM requested the report on the implementation of the Demand from the GSMAF after a tragic incident in which a soldier of the 326th Division was beaten to death by his unit supervisor.
On 6 April 2021, Colonel D. Adyaabazar, Chief of the Military Police of the GSMAF, visited the NHRCM in person to give comments on the incident. Colonel expressed his regret for the tragic loss of military life and informed the NHRCM that the GSMAF took immediate action and conducted internal inspections. During the investigation, GSMAF found that the unit supervisor was unqualified for the position and the incident occurred prior to the decision to terminate his employment.
To eliminate the violations in the military sector, the GSMAF is collecting anonymous surveys from soldiers and analyzing the results. Following the outcomes of the research and inspections, efforts are being made at the level of GSMAF to develop human rights-based approaches, procedures, relationships, and attitudes, such as reforming military policy, amending regulations, and establishing new external monitoring units. The Colonel further noted that the GSMAF is ready to cooperate with the NHRCM on safeguarding human rights and that GSMAF is already planning to initiate certain projects and ensure its implementation.
NHRCM commended the actions taken by the GSMAF, including the reform of military doctrines and concepts, the harmonization of military rules and regulations with human rights principles, identifying human rights violations in military service, and adopting measures to prevent such acts. The NHRCM emphasized the need to further repress human rights violations and improve military observation.