Opening Remarks at Training on Overview of International Human Rights System with a Focus on Treaty Body Reporting (ICCPR)

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May 18, 2017

Mr. D. Davaasuren, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colleagues from UN OHCHR Ms. Shushan Khachyan and Ms. Esther Lam

Distinguished Guests and Participants,

Reporting is an essential element of the human rights monitoring function. Human rights are basic and indivisible standards that apply to all individuals, irrespective of who they are, their social status and where they come from. They apply to all and are particularly critical to the protection of the most vulnerable groups in our societies such as children, disabled people or those in care.

Today’s training is an excellent opportunity to support the Government in its efforts for efficient human rights reporting in general and in particular to prepare for Mongolia’s review at the upcoming dialogue on the Convention for the Rights of the Child at the end of this month and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights in July.

I am happy that the Government of Mongolia has initiated this event and thank the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights for accommodating Mongolia’s request. 

Since the transition to democracy, Mongolia has been a strong supporter of the promotion of international human rights instruments. It has acceded to virtually all major conventions and has also taken up a three-year term as a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2016. This is a great opportunity to showcase its commitment to the advancement of human rights internationally and to contribute to human rights protection around the globe. Domestically, Mongolia has taken various legislative and policy measures to fulfill its obligations under the core human rights treaties and conventions. Progress has been made to ensure the respect and protection of human rights across the country. But as in all countries, this continues to be work in progress since human rights will continuously need to be defended. Work will need to continue to achieve the universal rights aspirations that in their latest iteration are also being put forward by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Strongly grounded in international human rights standards, the new Agenda strives to leave no one behind and puts the imperative of equality and non-discrimination at its heart. It encompasses issues related not only to economic, social and cultural rights but also to civil and political rights and to the right to development. With its universal applicability and its importance in shaping development priorities, the 2030 Agenda opens new avenues to integrate human rights into the national policies over the next 15 years.

The paradigm of leaving no one behind of the 2030 Agenda calls for reaching the furthest behind first. Translated into the logic of human rights, this means that strengthening the protection mechanisms for groups that are most vulnerable to violations of their rights for reasons such as traditions, the status of a group that doesn’t easily have a voice of its own and so on will be particularly crucial. The current issue of the child jockeys and the need to further strengthen the protection of the rights of child jockeys would fall into this category. And I am sure that Mongolia’s upcoming treaty body reviews will provide an opportunity to reaffirm its strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda already exemplified by last year’s adoption of the SDV as well as to the relevant international conventions.

I am confident that Mongolia will continue putting great efforts in ensuring that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in the country.

The UN stands ready to support Mongolia in fulfilling its commitments to improve human rights.

I wish you a constructive and productive dialogue.

Thank you.