Launching of the Fact-Finding Mission Report on the Impacts of Mining on Human Rights Defenders, Environment and Local Communities in Khentii and Dornod Provinces, Mongolia
7 October 2019 2:44 pm
Since mid-2000s, the mining sector has been driving Mongolia’s exports, leading the country to be one of the fastest growing economies over the past decade. However, while in recent years the economic growth is also slowing down, the increased number of mining operations profoundly affects Mongolia’s economic policies, social dynamics and environment.
In light of drastic changes brought by the expansion of the mining sector in Mongolia, FORUM-ASIA together with its Mongolian member Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), has been looking into mining’s impact on human rights and environment.
From 5 to 10 May 2019, CHRD and FORUM-ASIA conducted a fact-finding mission in the north eastern provinces of Khentii and Dornod. By meeting with local communities, authorities, and mining companies, the fact-finding mission team documented the repercussions of mining operations on the work of HRDs, environment, and livelihood of local communities.
Based on the collected testimonies and in light of Mongolian laws and obligations under international human rights law, the final report provides a set of tailored recommendations to relevant stakeholders including government authorities, private sector, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
FORUM-ASIA and CHRD will be launching the Fact-Finding Mission Report in Ulaanbaatar on 22 October 2019.
Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Time: To be confirmed
Location: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia