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18 Dec 2009

LGBT advocacy group in Mongolia gets official recognition

A LGBT organisation in Mongolia has finally succeeded in having its application to be officially recognised accepted by the government after at least ten attempts.

The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission reported on Dec 16, 2009: 

After three years of effort and at least ten attempts in 2009, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) human rights organization, the LGBT Centre, has been officially registered and recognized by Mongolia's Legal Entities Registration Agency (LERA). 

Located in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the Centre was previously denied registration because LERA declared that the name conflicted with "Mongolian customs and traditions and has the potential to set the wrong example for youth and adolescents."

The Centre will be the first NGO in Mongolia dedicated to social, legislative and institutional change in relation to discrimination, persecution, and abuse against Mongolia's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

On June 17th, 2009, in response to requests from Mongolian LGBT activists, IGLHRC sent a letter to the Minister of Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia, the State Secretary of Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia the Director of Policy Implementation Coordination Department of Mongolia, and the Chief Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia explaining Mongolia's human rights obligations under international law to register LGBT human rights NGOs and asking that the LGBT Centre be allowed to register under that name. The combination of in-country LGBT activism and international pressure helped reverse the government's earlier resistance to the Centre. Another key reason for the reversal was the direct intervention with LERA by Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, advisor to the President of Mongolia on human rights and civil participation on behalf of the LGBT Centre.

The stated mission of the Mongolian LGBT Centre is to "uphold, protect, and promote the human rights of LGBT people and promote the correct understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity within Mongolian society." 

In Mongolia there is widespread societal and institutional discrimination against, and intolerance of, lesbian and bisexual women and transgendered people. This discrimination is manifested in different forms including ostracism and harassment and physical and sexual violence. The discrimination is endemic in the public, private and non-governmental sectors and encompasses the police and the judiciary, health services, education, the housing sector and the media.

Find out more about LGBT human rights in Mongolia in the CEDAW Shadow Report (PDF) submitted by a coalition of Mongolian LGBT Rights Activists in the 42nd Session of Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women in 2008.


Reader's Comments

1. 2009-12-18 18:14  
Let's remember,

We don't have an agenda that includes "recruitmant" of children, or the spread of a "subversive" or "immoral" lifestyle.

we're not seeking "special rights" around the world.

We're demaning Equal Human Rights.

Recognition..... was step 1
Tolerance......... is step 2
Acceptance....... is step 3
Normalization.... is step 4 and our final step.

We are NORMAL Our love is NORMAL

It is our birthright to live on this planet as equal citizens. And if this equality need first arrive by way of "law", "mandate" or "proclamation", so be it.
2. 2009-12-19 03:32  
#1: My model
1- Empowerment:
2- come out
3- Tolerance
4- public awareness
5- Resolution
6- Legal recognition
7- Normalisation

The first step must start with empowerment. Many gays who grew up in repressive societies have been conditioned to accept that they are deviants who deserve to be ill-treated and to live in a closet in order to survive. Moreover, they also lack the financial resources to break free from their circumstances. Consequently, they often hide in their closet in agony. Worse, many don't even know that there are many others who are like them, simply because very few come out in their community, and they don't have access to a website like Fridae. In short, in order to encourage more people to come out, we must empower the community with information, networks, education and marketable skills. With these, they would feel safer to come out.

As more members of the community are empowered, we will see more come out. The reason is more feel safe enough to come out when their survival is not at stake.

As more come out, our visibility in the society would increase. The majority in the society had been misled by the untruths spread by the fundamentalists. Without visibility, the society can have little if any understanding of us. As more come out, the society will come to know that we are, in fact, just like the rest. We are not perverts, molesters, rapists, drug addicts, etc. The society gradually tolerates us at the grass-roots level.

As more in the society tolerate us, public awareness of the issues that concern us will be increased. For example, we will see more straight people questioning the wisdom behind labelling us as deviants and criminalising us. This awareness is raised when they raise their doubts in the mainstream media. Gay activists in those countries which permit rallying may additionally organise gay prides. These lead to public awareness at the national or regional level.

Resolution, often forced through with gay activism, is arrived in the media, universities, governmental agencies, parliaments, etc. on the acceptance of the sexual minorities' needs to be legally protected.

Following such resolution, the lawmakers move forward by writing this resolution into law by decriminalising gay sex, recognising gay partnerships, etc.

The line between gay and straight relationships is blurred gradually, and this leads to normalisation.

Comment edited on 2009-12-19 04:31:09

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