Fifty-three crimes in Mongolia’s criminal code are punishable by death. Executions are carried out by shooting. The families of those on death row are not told when executions will take place and the bodies of their loved ones are not returned to them. Information on the death penalty in Mongolia is classified as a state secret. Conditions on death row are said to be poor.
But change is within reach. On 14 January 2010, the President of Mongolia announced the suspension of executions and commuted the sentences of all inmates who had appealed for clemency since June 2009. No executions have been carried out since 2009.
In April 2010, the parliament began considering ratification of the 2nd Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which would commit Mongolia to abolishing the death penalty once and for all.
We are campaigning for Mongolia to add momentum to abolition in the region by ratifying the Protocol.
Watch out for future actions on the death penalty in Mongolia.