The COVID-19 global pandemic not only puts our health and lives at risk, but also exacerbates economic and social inequalities, led to an increase in domestic violence and hampered the right to education for many children. We witnessed the shrinking of civic space and the flourishing of disinformation. In line with its commitment to contribute to the global response to the pandemic, the EU promotes a human rights-based approach, stressing that human rights are universal, interdependent and indivisible and must be fully respected in response to the pandemic.
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, to honour distinguished personalities and organisations that have demonstrated outstanding commitment and efforts to protect and promote human rights in Mongolia in year 2020, the European Union Human Rights Award was granted to ten awardees.
The awardees included:
1. Rights of persons with disabilities Award to the Mongolian Center for the Development of the People with Disabilities NGO in recognition of activities to create equal opportunities for persons with disabilities and efforts to build a more inclusive society presented by H.E. Mr Joern Rosenberg, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Mongolia
2. Freedom of opinion and expression Award to Ms Oyunchimeg Demchig in recognition of efforts to defend and promote freedom of opinion and expression presented by H.E. Mr Philip Malone, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Mongolia
3. State Authority Promoting Dialogue with Civil Society Organisations Award to Member of Parliament Mr Tsogtbaatar Damdin in recognition of activities promoting and protecting freedom of opinion and expression of Civil Society Organizations presented by H.E. Mr Traian Hristea, Ambassador of the European Union to Mongolia
4. Civil Society Organisations Award to Ms Ganbayasgakh Geleg, a founder of the Mongolian Gender Equality Centre NGO in recognition of efforts to involve non-governmental organisations as key actors of democratic governance processes presented by H.E Mr Dave Vosen, Australian Ambassador to Mongolia
5. Rights of the Child Award to the Magic Land Project in recognition of efforts to promote, protect and enforce the rights of the child presented by H.E. Mr Michael Klecheski, Ambassador of the United States of America to Mongolia
6. Health Award to Heart Won’t Forget in recognition of efforts to ensure access to healthcare without discrimination presented by H.E. Mr Tapan Mishra, UN Resident Coordinator