Press Release

Mongolia: UN experts on arbitrary detention launch official visit

30 September 2022

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will make an official visit to Mongolia, from 3 to 14 October 2022, to assess the country’s situation regarding the deprivation of liberty.

The delegation – comprising two members of the Group, Elina Steinerte and Matthew Gillett – will visit Ulaanbaatar as well as other parts of the country. They will meet Government officials, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders during the visit.

The experts will also visit places of deprivation of liberty, including prisons, police stations, and institutions for children, migrants, and people with psychosocial disabilities, to gather information for their assessment.

The Working Group will share their preliminary observations at a press conference on 14 October 2022, at 12:00 local time in the Conference Room of the UN House building, in United Nations Street 14, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Access will be strictly limited to journalists.

The Working Group will present its final report on the visit to the Human Rights Council in September 2023.

For media registration for the Press Conference, please contact Ms. Soyolmaa Dolgor (

The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention was established by the former Commission on Human Rights in 1991 to investigate instances of alleged arbitrary deprivation of liberty. Its mandate was clarified and extended by the Commission to cover the issue of administrative custody of asylum-seekers and immigrants. In September 2019, the Human Rights Council confirmed the scope of the Working Group's mandate and extended it for a further three-year period. The Working Group is comprised of five independent expert members from various regions of the world: Ms. Miriam Estrada-Castillo (Ecuador; Chair-Rapporteur), Mr. Mumba Malila (Zambia; Vice-Chair); Ms. Elina Steinerte (Latvia); Ms. Priya Gopalan (Malaysia); and Mr. Matthew Gillett (New Zealand).

Database of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

The Working Group is part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights 

system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

UN Human Rights, Country Page — Mongolia

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