Investigation agencies renewed their commitment to end torture
Five agencies with investigation powers, State Investigation Department, Investigation Division of the General Prosecutor’s Office, General Court Decision Enforcement Agency, Independent Authority against Corruption, and General Intelligence Agency, held a discussion “Cooperation in Prevention from Torture” in the Government House. Heads of investigation departments of aimags attended the meeting.
The objective of the meeting is to review the actions taken to prevent from torture and agree on plan of cooperation for 2014, under the MoU that was signed between the National Human Rights Commission and the above five agencies. The meeting was opened by Mr. J. Byambadorj, Chief Commissioner of the NHRCM, Mr. D.Ganbat, Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Parliament, and Mr. Kh.Temuujin, MP and Minister for Justice.
Mr. J. Byambadorj, Chief Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia in his presentation on right to be free of torture highlighted the need to improve legislative environment for prevention from torture, improve conditions of detention centres and prisons, and to implement recommendations of the UN Committee against Torture. He acknowledged the progress made so far by national agencies, however, pointed out to some areas which require further efforts, including psychological torture, use of handcuffs, or interrogation without a lawyer.
Mr. E. Amarbat, Director of Investigation Division, IAAC, Mr. Ts. Batsukh, Director of National Investigation Authority, Mr. A.Bat-erdene, Director of Investigation Department of the Central Intelligence Authority, Mr. M.Bambadorj, acting Deputy Director of the Investigation Department of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. P.Khosbayar, First Deputy Chief of the Court Decision Enforcement Agency made presentations on activities that had been carried out to prevent from torture.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation to end torture was first signed in 2008.