State Commission on Rehabilitation to Cooperate with Gwangju in Prevention from Repression

2023-11-27 13:25:14

Gwangju, Republic of Korea, November 27, 2023 /MONTSAME. The State Commission on Rehabilitation of Mongolia (SCR) SCR strives to educate the public about the true history of repression through culture to prevent it from happening again. 


Representatives of the Commission visited Gwangju, the Republic of Korea (ROK) last week to discuss cooperation and learn from the experiences of government organizations and NGOs of South Korea engaged in similar activities.


S.Odontuya acclaimed great efforts of the South Korean government for the prevention of repeating the repression by acknowledging the incident of suppressing the student uprising in Gwangju in 1980 had been a wrong policy and by warning about the misdeed of the government.


"We used to have a one-party system, with the victory of a democratic movement in 1990 Mongolia proclaimed its Constitution that respects human rights. In the same year, the SCR was established which means 33 years have passed. To prevent from repeating the repression our commission aims to make Mongolian history known through culture. During the Great Repression in Mongolia, 10 percent of the population was repressed and 80 percent of them were executed, and thousands of temples and monasteries were destroyed. We are opening an exhibition in Gwangju to demonstrate the sad history of cultural repression that occurred in Mongolian history. The two countries and the relevant parties should collaborate for the peace of the world." said Chair S. Odontuya.


Emphasizing the efforts of the Korean government to ensure that repression does not happen again, Mayor Kang Ki-jung expressed his readiness to develop cooperation with SCR and initiate new projects.


During the Meeting, Mayor Kang Ki-jung fondly recalled his earlier visits to Mongolia since 2004 and the last visit when he led a team that had planted trees and enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of Terelj. The Mayor expressed his willingness to continue taking part in tree planting, expanding relationships with colleagues in Ulaanbaatar, and strengthening cooperation in environment, health, and tourism.