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.