Letter to The Minister of Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia

Published: July 9, 2009

Letter to The Minister of Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia

Dear Minister Nyamdorj,

On behalf of Human Rights Watch I write to express concern that the State Registration General Agency of Mongolia has denied registration to the Mongolian non-governmental organization "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Centre." In its rejection letter of June 23, 2009 (No. 7/694), the Agency justified its decision by claiming that "the name ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Centre’ has a meaning that conflicts with Mongolian customs and traditions and has the potential to set the wrong example for youth and adolescents."

The Agency’s denial of registration to this organization is a violation of international human rights law, the Mongolian Constitution and the Law on Non-Governmental Organizations.

-Full text of letter can be found at link below-

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