MPs and OSCE speak about Mongolian Kazakh people
Head of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Human Rights MPs D.Tsogtbaatar and Kazakh MPs G.Soltan and Kh.Badilhan met with the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s senior political advisor Mark Fumagalli and senior legal advisor Lawrence Hadirka on September 4 at the State Palace to talk about the ethnic minority, the Kazakh people.
MP D.Tsogtbaatar highlighted that as one of the six chapters of the Mongolia's Constitution pertains to protecting and promoting human rights, Mongolia’s policy does not discriminate against ethnic minorities.
He underlined that many say that Mongolian Kazakh people are an ethnic group who are maintaining their traditions, customs and culture very well compared with other Kazakhs throughout the world, which is a testament to Mongolia’s state policy to promote its minorities. But he noted that many Kazakh young people face some problems when they get jobs because they don't learn Mongolian well in secondary schools, and urged more attention be paid to the issue.
The MP pointed out that three Kazakh MPs are elected in Parliament every election, and a Kazakh deputy minister is currently working in the government.
Fumagalli stated that a working group of the HCNM arrived in Mongolia to learn more about the country’s ethnic minority and collect general information by visiting Mongolian Kazakh families in Bayan-Ulgii Province.
Fumagalli asked MP Kh.Badilhan about the effectiveness of the parliamentary election system for ethnic minority groups in the country.
Kh.Badilhan stressed that depending on its population, three legislators represent Bayan-Ulgii Province in Parliament every parliamentary term and highlighted that the state of Mongolia always supports its ethnic minorities to protect their language and culture.