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    December 04, 2015

    by Amarzaya Galsanlkhagva, a long-time campaigner with Amnesty Mongolia. This is her account of how today's hard-won victory came to be.

    The long and difficult road

    Amnesty Mongolia has been campaigning to abolish the death penalty in Mongolia since our office was established in 1994, so we are all thrilled to hear this good news. While this is a victory for our supporters around the world, it also shows once again how all of us can make a real impact on human rights by working together.

    It has been a long and difficult road to finally convince the Mongolian authorities to abolish this cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

    We faced many challenges along the way, but never lost hope.
     

    A journey of peaks and troughs

    Looking back on my own decade of campaigning, there were definitely times when I felt especially discouraged. Frequently, this was after some serious crime had taken place in Mongolia, and victims’ families or members of the public took to social media or other avenues to express strong support for capital punishment.

    December 04, 2015

    Mongolia’s parliament became the latest to consign the death penalty to the history books, in a major victory for human rights in the country, said Amnesty International today.  

    On Thursday, lawmakers voted in favour of a new Criminal Code that abolishes the death penalty for all crimes. The new Criminal Code will take effect from September 2016, and would bring the total number of countries to have completely abandoned this ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment to 102.

    “Mongolia’s historic decision to abolish the death penalty is a great victory for human rights. The death penalty is becoming a thing of the past across the world,” said Roseann Rife, East Asia Research Director at Amnesty International.

    “Mongolia has set an example which we hope will quickly ripple across Asia. The countries that continue to execute have been shown a clear path to follow to end this cruel and inhumane punishment.”

    Three countries - Fiji, Madagascar and Suriname - have already abolished the death penalty this year.

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