(27 May 2016, Ulaanbaatar) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) together with its members, Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD) and Globe International (GI) and its partner, Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) and the Human Rights NGO Forum (Mongolia) jointly call for all political parties which will participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections on 29 June 2016 to include various human rights agenda into their political platform.
After the peaceful democratic revolution in 1990, Mongolian democracy has been known as a newly but well-established one. However, the road to democracy is not without obstacles. Despite the vibrancy of Mongolia’s democracy, the country might be, nonetheless, facing the global phenomena of democracy fatigue when the percentage of voter turnout kept decreasing from 98% in 1990 parliamentary elections to 65.24% in 2013. This usually happens when people are frustrated with mainstream politics or feel that representative democracy is irrelevant for them especially young generation. The only way to bring the enthusiasm of Mongolian people back is to make democracy relevant by including human rights agenda into the political platform of political parties. The forthcoming State Great Khural elections, therefore, is a great opportunity for all registered political parties to engage with civil society regarding human rights and development.