Mongolia

Anti-corruption protests force removal of Mongolian politician while judicial independence at risk

In December 2018 and January 2019, there were mass protests against corruption in Mongolia which led to the removal of the speaker of Mongolia’s parliament, implicated in some of these scandals. In March 2019, civil society were alarmed when parliament passed legal amendments giving increased powers to the executive to intervene with the courts and anti-corruption agency. Read more

Anti-corruption protests force removal of Mongolian politician while judicial independence at risk

Human rights defenders still at risk from state actors and businesses

In November 2018, a national consultation on human rights defenders was held in Mongolia, where participants concluded HRDs are still vulnerable to threats, intimidation, and harassment from both state and non-state actor particularly foreign and domestic companies operating in rural areas. Read more

Human rights defenders still at risk from state actors and businesses

Abducted Turkish educator released after pressure from activists

In July 2018, a Turkish educator, was briefly abducted in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar and taken to the city’s airport Read more

Abducted Turkish educator released after pressure from activists

Judicial process around murder of Mongolian parliamentarian lacking credibility and legitimacy

A report by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) issued at the end of March 2018, raised serious concerns around the flawed legal process of individuals convicted for the 1998 murder of parliamentarian Zorig Sanjasuuren. Read more

Judicial process around murder of  Mongolian parliamentarian lacking credibility and legitimacy

Unions protest tax increases due to IMF agreement

The Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU) organized a protest against tax increases and retirement age changes as part of the International Monetary Fund agreement. Human rights defenders continue to report physical attacks and harassment Read more

Unions protest tax increases due to IMF agreement

Teachers strike due to pay freeze from IMF agreement

Mongolian teachers began an indefinite strike across the nation in November as part of an ongoing protest of a pay freeze due an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Threats from authorities often lead to self-censorship. The UN called for the enactment of a law to protect human right defenders. Read more

Teachers strike due to pay freeze from IMF agreement

New law passed to protect LGBTI community from hate crimes

Civil society groups have recently been shining a light on issues facing Mongolia's LGBTI community. In a recent interview, prominent activist and founder of Mongolia's LGBT Centre, Anaraa Nyamdorj spoke at length about the entrenched discrimination faced by LGBTI people. Read more

New law passed to protect LGBTI community from hate crimes

Mongolian media goes dark to protest restrictive law

Mongolia's media undertook an innovative protest to demonstrate their opposition to a proposed increase in penalties for libel. Read more

Mongolian media goes dark to protest restrictive law

Mongolian herders clash with security forces over land dispute

On 17th October, nearly 200 local Mongolian herders from Sandag Gachaa took part in three-day protests to halt a proposed pig farm project. Read more

Mongolian herders clash with security forces over land dispute

Panama Papers scandal marks watershed for investigative journalism in Mongolia

Recent events have highlighted a need to foster a culture of independent investigative reporting in Mongolia. Read more

Panama Papers scandal marks watershed for investigative journalism in Mongolia