The visit was part of the Institute’s human rights capacity development project in Myanmar. The main purpose of the study visit was to enable the MNHRC and the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia (NHRCM) to share experiences and best practice.
“The visit proved very fruitful and useful for the MNHRC, with best practices that they can learn from and apply in their own context,” says Emily Hanna, Programme Officer, Department of International Programmes at RWI. “The two commissions both pledged to cooperate in the future.”
The visit included meetings with the chief commissioner and commissioners from the NHRCM, as well as with staff from the complaints and inquiry division, human rights education division, and administration and international cooperation division.
MNHRC also met with external partners of the Mongolian Commission, such as the National Committee on Gender Equality, the Parliamentarian Standing Committee on Legal Affairs and the Parliamentarian Sub-committee on Human Rights, as well as the NHRCM Advisory Board, composed mainly of NGO representatives.
NHRCM also arranged a field visit to the Umnugovi province so the MNHRC delegates could witness the Commission’s public outreach activities in one of the Mongolian provinces. The two commissions work in a similar way in this regard, with the MNHRC starting to carry out outreach and education initiatives in various Myanmar states this year.
During the field visit, MNHRC commissioners observed how the NHRCM undertakes awareness-raising activities and receives complaints from inhabitants of the province, including by the holding of open hall meetings to discuss human rights issues.