Perpetrators of grave violence against children and women likely to face capital punishment according to President
“Since the time when Mongolia announced that it was abolishing death penalty, the number of grim and atrocious crime serious increased drastically,” said President Kh. Battulag at an open discussion held at his initiative in the Government House.
The open discussion revolved around the issue of streamlining state policy on protecting children and women from violence and improving public scrutiny and participation.
The President has also submitted to the Justice and Home Affairs Minister Ts. Nyamdorj an official memo proposing the reinstatement of the capital punishment against those who are guilty of savage torture, abuse and violence and murder of minors. The President said that should the Ministry of Justice come back with a response, that could be tabled for consideration in the Parliament.
“While I am the President I will not pardon any one who is guilty of this kind of crime,” he emphasized and noted that “according to my belief, it was a mistake for Mongolia to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty,” in December 2012.
The President indicated that the “present situation of the Mongolian society, and the present state of unemployment and poverty in connection with the criminal circumstances, the ratification was not a timely decision.”
Capital punishment continues to be in force in 58 countries around the world such as Japan and the United States “two industrialized countries from whom we want to learn and follow,” President Battulag said.
He said that calls are spreading across the world branding capital punishment as “inhumane,” and asked “But I would like to suggest that through the social and other means, we must conduct an opinion poll whether those criminals, who torture and murder helpless children of minor age have the right to life?”
Prominent judoka – recipient of the Order of Chinggis Khan
Judoka Naidan Tüvshinbayar, Olympic Gold Medalist added to his many outstanding national laurels, order and medals, yet another prominent award the Order of Chinggis Khan.
He was awarded this coveted highest state Order of Mongolia by President Battulag on 19 November which marked the Birth Anniversary of Chinggis Khan, which also coincides with the first day of the winter according to Lunar calendar, and which is also celebrated as the Day of Pride of Mongolia.
Since the institution of this order in 2005, to date, there are 10 people who have received this order including former presidents, prime ministers, scientists, poets and art personalities.
Tüvshinbayar is the first sportsperson to be awarded this state order.
In 2008 in Beijing, Tüvshinbayar bagged the first ever for Mongolia gold medal from any Olympic Games. For this outstanding sporting feat Tüvshinbayar was then awarded the honorary title of Hero of Labor, and Merited Sportsman of Mongolia. He also then received the Order of Sükhbaatar and the Order of Polar Star for his sporting merits. He defended his Olympic Gold in judo by winning a silver medal from the London Olympics in 2012.
The 33-year-old judoka Tüvshinbayar has been giving excellent performance. In 2007 he won a silver and a bronze medal each from the Asian Judo Championships held in Kuwait and Jeju in 2007 and 2008, and the same year he became a national hero when he won the Olympic Gold from Beijing. In his latest feat, he won a bronze medal from the World Judo Championships held in Budapest, Hungary in 2017.
The Civil Will-Green Party’s alienation from the political scene
The Civil Will-Green Party (CWGP), the so-called third political force in the country, is increasingly moving away from the political arena. This party failed to win any seat in the Parliament in the 2016 elections. In the 2012 general elections, this party had won 2 seats in the Parliament.
The Political Council of the Party, which held its meeting on 20 November, has called for a meeting of the Party’s National Committee in late January next year, which will decide if and when the Party Congress will be called.
It has been reported by S. Oyün, the chairperson of the Party has tendered resignation as she as been appointed as the Chairperson of the World Water Organization.
Since 2000 S. Oyün has been uninterruptedly serving as the Chairperson of CWGP for 17 years, which she has been co-chairing with two other party chairpersons as provided for in the Party’s Constitution.
The ratings of the two key political parties – Democratic Party and Mongolian People’s Party, have been gradually declining leaving space for third political forces, in which CWGP played a key role, but now with its key personality leaving, the fate of CWGP remains dim and questionable.
The search for a missing schoolgirl continues but without success
D. Serjmyadag, a 8-year-old schoolgirl, went missing on her way from home to school on 2 November in Zamyn Üüd soum, Dornogobi aimag in the country’s south bordering with China.
The search for this third-grad schoolgirl had begun on the same day when she was reported missing.
According to the Zamyn Üüd police there is no news about the missing girl although the police are carrying out the search through all possible channels.
The search was continued also in the city of Erlian, across the border from Zamyn Üüd in China, on grounds that the girl could have crossed the international border, but to no avail.
According to witnesses, the girl had gone to her school, but the school’s CCTV does not have any evidence she came to the school on that fateful day. Therefore, it is assumed that she disappeared while on her way to school from her home.
The Mongolian public TV recently revealed that in the last 10 years, up until October 2017, 73 children had disappeared and not found. 39 of them were boys. Age wise, 6 of them were small children 0-7 years of age, 17 were between the ages of 8 and 13, and 50 children were aged between 14 and 18.