Latest discussion topic in Mongolia: Say no to death penalty... or not

O.Ariunbileg

2017-12-01 14:27 GMT+8

Discussions related to restoring death penalty has been spreading among the population, since the President Kh.Battulga’s official written proposal on restoring death penalty for offenses of child sexual abuse, murder, torture and cruelty to the Minister of Justice, Ts.Nyamdorj on 27th November.

President Kh.Battulga, who was inaugurated and took his oath of office on 10th July 2017, has established a working group of lawyers on proposing a draft on restoring death penalty in Mongolia since last September.

The question is, why the talks of restoring death penalty has become necessary in such short period after joining the International Protocol?

In 2012, Mongolia joined to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. Since 2012, no capital punishment was executed in Mongolia. The new Criminal Law, approved in December 2015 and effective from the 1st of July 2017, also abolished death penalty among the types of punishment.

The question is, why the talks of restoring death penalty has become necessary in such short period after joining the International Protocol?

On 14th of October 2017, a five years old girl, who was reportedly raped by her stepfather, was brought to the Forensic Medical Office. A man at the Forensic office, who was present at that time, paid the 10 000 tugriks fee on behalf of the girl, when examination was denied without payment. His facebook post on the incident triggered the public attention toward such cases of child abuse.

Following the viral post and public sensation, PM U.Khurelsukh issued a regulation to waive any type of fees and payments for examination from children at the Forensic Medical Office.

On 16th of October, following the viral social post of 14th October, information related to the working group of lawyers formed by the President to restore death penalty was published on the President's official website. The President put forward the proposal on restoring death penalty, stating that “the Mongolian society development has not yet reached the level as to abolish death penalty. First individual development and social stability shall be secured, only then the talks about abolishing death penaly can be made”.

However, the public has partial views on this issue, some being hesitant. A great deal of posts, regarding child kidnap and child abuse has been circulated in social media, while some being not fully reliable, bringing fear and concern among the public.

People are tweeting with hashtags #SayNoToDeathPenalty, #NoDeathPenaltyInMongolia etc.

Former Minister of Justice Kh.Temuujin regards the notion of restoring death penalty as «a backtrack to Mongolia's multilateral foreign policy».

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