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2010-01-27




President Meets Representatives of Civil Society



Today, a day, which was celebrated as the “Day of Civil Society” since 2008, President meets representatives of civil society organizations and citizen delegatesto exchange opinions on some pressing issues facing Mongolian civil society and civil society activists.

Delegates included members and heads of Open Society Forum, Center for Human Rights and Development, National Center Against Violence, Independent Association of Senior Citizens’ of Mongolia, Academy of Political Education, Mongolian Women’s Association, Press Institute of Mongolia, Civil Council of Environment, Network of Non-Government Organizations of Population, Social Services and Health Care, Amnesty International Mongolia, and MonFemNet.

When opening the meeting, President Elbegdorj addressed that “The main pillar of the civil society we have declared in our Constitution, is more of active and constructive involvement of our citizens then that of the organizations. We must accomplish a great deal in order to make this a social practice.”

Delegates conversed about specific issues, each one different depending on the operations and activities their respective organizations carry out, including ways to determine the most fitting policy to accommodate sustainable development of civil society, establishing Environmental Court for appropriate settlement of damages to the environment, to have civil society organizations, and independent scientists preparing reports instead of government agencies, to have legal acts consistent with the Paris Principles in order to strengthen the National Mechanism of Human Rights, revision of Law on Non-Government Organizations, accommodating gender equality, to perfect the legal environment to accommodate political rights for women, and to constitute legal environment for strategic advocacy for the public.

On behalf of Amnesty International Mongolia, Ms. R. Yanjmaa congratulated and expressed full support for the President’s recent announcement on moratorium for capital punishment.

President Elbegdorj proposed to have above organizations divided into groups depending on the types of their activity, and hold regular discussions with delegates of each group in the future. He also stressed that the accommodation of “human right” not reaching rural population, cannot be considered as genuine, and added that some functions of public institutions in this regard should be transferred to non-government organizations.