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Mongolia: First country in Asia to adopt law protecting human rights defenders, binding also on private sector

'Mongolia becomes first Asian country to adopt law protecting human rights defenders', 06 April 2021

On April 5, members of parliament Ts.Munkhtsetseg and D.Tsogtbaatar held a press briefing in connection with the newly-approved law, highlighting that Mongolia now becomes the first country in Asia to provide legal protection for human rights defenders... The law on the legal status of human rights defenders, which aims to establish legal grounds for respect, protection, promotion, and fulfillment of the rights of human rights defender through identifying actions, rights and prohibitions apply to human rights defenders as well as common obligations of state organizations and officials, non-governmental organizations, and business entities, and protection mechanism for human rights defenders. As defined in the law, human rights defenders are individuals who act separately or in association with others to promote the realization of human rights and freedoms and take part in respecting and protecting the human dignity and commonly recognized principles and norms of international law through non-violent and peaceful means.