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United Nations General Assembly
Agenda item 105
“Human Rights Questions”
STATEMENT BY MR. P.GANSUKH
DEPARTMENT OF MULTILATERAL COOPERATION
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF MONGOLIA
27 October 2004
At the outset, my delegation wishes to join the previous speakers in extending our appreciation to Ms. Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Mr. Bacre Waly Ndiaye, Director of the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for his introductory statement on the agenda items under consideration. Also I wish to thank the Chairman of the sixtieth session of the Commission on Human Rights of the Third Committee for his report.
It is clear from the statements of preceding speakers that human rights issue is still the priority of national and international policies. During the past year, international community made some progress dealing with human rights. However, it is not sufficient to meet the challenges outlined in the Millennium Declaration. Therefore, we have to improve and accelerate our join efforts to promote human rights and strengthen democratic institutions all over the world.
One of the main provisions of the Ulaanbaatar Declaration, outcome of the Fifth International Conference of New and Restored Democracies, is linked with the setting up and strengthening national institutions and mechanisms to ensure that basic democratic principles and human rights are fully respected and guaranteed. We believe that with the kind support from the international community in building strong human rights institutions in our country will be a great importance in ensuring human rights protection and advancement on a sustainable basis. My delegation stresses with thankfulness the programmes and certain activities supporting national institutions and regional initiatives that have been undertaken by the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia, since its establishment in 2001, developed the annual “Human Rights Status Report” and submitted to the Parliament for its consideration. At the same time the Report was delivered to the public through NGOs, state authorities and scholars aiming to develop an understanding, draw attention of the population. Also the Commission in collaboration with the governmental and non-governmental organizations systematically conducts workshops, opened legal aid centers in urban areas and broadcasting radio programmes in rural places. Here I would like to outline that in accordance with the “Joint Statement on Cooperation for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights”, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has an invitation to visit our country.