STORY | Civil society and human rights education in Mongolia
Globe International Center (GIC), Mrs Naranjargal Khashkhuu, President
Mongolia was granted GSP + status in 2005 and has ratified all 27 international conventions on human rights, labour rights, protection of the environment, and good governance. With a per-capita income of € 3580 in 2018, Mongolia is classified as a lower-middle-income country. The EU imported a cumulative value of € 84 million worth of goods in 2019, of which approximately € 24 million made use of benefits under the GSP+ arrangement.
The 3 Cs: Consultation, Cooperation, and Coordination:
The Globe International Center has formed a “3 Cs Support Group” as a core group to provide professional support and assistance to stakeholders involved in the GSP+ scheme and the relevant human rights-related commitments made by beneficiary countries under the GSP+. “In total 235 local-level stakeholders including 68 local government representatives, 116 business companies, 37 civil society organizations, and 14 journalists already benefitted from the “3Cs Support Group”. These organisations were educated on the GSP+ and human rights obligations with a specific focus on the Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), dealing with freedom of thought and expression.” – says Mrs Naranjargal Khashkhuu, President of the GIC. “The local authorities, including various high-level government representatives paid great attention to the events and also provided opening remarks. The local communities were also informed about GSP+ and freedoms of expression, information, and media via 14 local media reports.”
In addition to the aforementioned activities, the local branches of the National Human Rights Commission and the Mongolian Chamber of Commerce successfully organized Town Hall meetings in 7 provincial center towns, reinforcing multi-stakeholder dialogues on issues related to the GSP+ and human rights. These activities greatly contribute to the better implementation of the GSP+ arrangement in Mongolia, not only from an economic but also from a human rights perspective.
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