DRI’s partner organisation in Mongolia, Globe International Center (GIC) has worked for 18 months to increase the protection of journalists, free expression and the right to information within the country. These cross-cutting issues are of concern and importance to different groups in Mongolian society, given the legal restrictions faced by local journalists, the moves towards strict regulation of social media, and the difficulties in accessing accurate and unbiased information in the country.
GIC worked with the Mongolian Bar Association (MBA) and the Media Council of Mongolia (MCM) in facilitating dialogue between diverse stakeholders across the country, reaching out to law enforcement, judiciary and media to collect and analyse national data, developing a human rights reporting handbook for media, and presenting all of the results and conclusions in an alternative report for public dissemination and discussion.
In doing so, GIC has become DRI’s first partner to successfully conclude local implementation of our EU-funded project “Promoting Human and Labour Rights through GSP+” which is being implemented in nine different countries. This project was made possible by Mongolia benefiting from the EU’s trade scheme ‘GSP+’ which gives easier access to the EU market in exchange for better human rights and labour protection – a win-win for Mongolian citizens.
The closing event in Mongolia was a National Forum held by GIC on 23-24 May, which gathered 74 representatives of the Mongolian government, NGOs, trade unions, entrepreneurs and journalists in the capital Ulaanbaatar. They discussed strategies to utilise GSP+ for boosting human and labour rights protection in the country, as well as for trade and job growth. GIC will incorporate recommendations drawn from the event, as well as the results of the MBA’s and MCM’s research, into its alternative monitoring report on Mongolia’s compliance with human and labour rights under GSP+, which will be submitted to the European Union and the Mongolian government. Considering contributions and data from a diverse range of sources, the report will be a key output of the project and will serve as a valuable instrument to amplify the voice of Mongolians in the monitoring of GSP+, influence policy-makers and strengthen efforts for human and labour rights protection and promotion in the country. Furthermore, GIC has produced two shorter analyses, entitled “Threats to Safety of Journalists” and “Legal Environment for Media Freedom”, which can be accessed here and here.