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The Mongolian Parliament enacted the Law on Information Transparency and Right to Information on June 16, 2011.

It is a joint effort of the Mongolian civil society.  Globe International played a key role in the advocacy and lobbying of the law.

Chronicles Globe International advocacy and lobbying:
On June 15, 2002 Globe International launched 12-month project “The Right to Know: Freedom of Information” under the financial supports of the Mongolian Foundation for Open Society (MFOS), AUSAID and the Embassy of the US in Mongolia. Over 12 months, the project activities directly involved in total more than 1463 people through 2 roundtables, 4 workshops, seminar and meetings organized or requested by other NGOs and UB City Administration and more than 80,000 citizen informed through handbook for legislators, round table report and 2 different fliers. Entire population informed in the right to know and FOI issues through two television, four radio programs and 16 newspaper publications.

  • We produced the Handbook for Legislators on FOI included international documents such as a Model Law, Principles on Freedom of Information and Drafting Access to information legislation: Trends in CIS and Central and Eastern Europe prepared by ARTICLE 19, Freedom of Information. An Unrecognized Right: The Right to Know and the European Union, An UFJ Briefing Document,  Johannesburg Principles on FOI, and Statement Regarding Key Issues and Challenges in Freedom of Expression.
  • Advocacy group was formed from representatives of NGOs
  • The project team organized a meeting with 8 leading lawyers of Mongolia on Dec., 13, 2002 and consulted on law concept and principles of FOI law draft.
  • Globe International in cooperation with the Parliament organized first ever round table dedicated to freedom of information on Dec,17, 2002 at the Parliament House and involved 67 participants. 18 or 23.7 percent of MP attended. Mr. J.Bayambadorj, Deputy Speaker opened the round table and  N.Enkhbold had taken the key presentation on need of FOI legislation
  • Globe International participated in National Anti-Corruption Conference held on 27-28 March 2003 in UB in the framework of Good Governance Program of the Mongolian Government and promoted to include adoption of FOI legislation into National Program for Combating Corruption adopted on April 15, 2003.
  • Workshop was organized on April 15, 2003 at Nukht, place near UB and involved 23 participants- human rights volunteers from 3 UB districts and 20 aimags. It introduced the participants with concept of freedom of information and citizen's right to access to information. Workshop was organized in form of games and focused on role of obtaining information during the elections and in citizen's right to act. Access to information was a fundament of a game.
  • Globe International lawyers conducted workshops for 24 UB district law advisers and 20 district social workers.
  • Round table  for the journalists was held on June 30, 2003 at Lobby Center, UB and 15 journalists learned about freedom of information issues  
  • In October 2003, Mr. Toby Mendel, Law Program Director of ARTICLE 19 arrived in Ulaanbaatar  to attend the lobbying meetings and a seminar for Members of the Parliament and workshop for the public officials and civil society organizations

Seminar was held on 22 October 2003 at "Elite" Center and involved 12 MP, members and three-day  workshop in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs was organized from 22 to 24 October 2003 at "Elite" Center and involved 51 participants: 21 information officers. 19 NGO representatives and 5 media professionals.  State Secretary of the MJHA had concluded the workshop.

  • The Mongolian team consisted from three persons: Mr. D.Demberel, MP, J.Tuul, law program coordinator of Globe International and D. Saranchimeg, Deputy Chairwomen of   Law Policy Department of the MJHA involved to study trip from 15 October till 1 November 2003. They visited "Access to Information Program" Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • In 2004, the first version of law drafted by an advocacy group formed by Globe International  submitted to the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs.
  • On March 2004, the international round table “Secrecy and Freedom of Information was held at the conference hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and guets from five countries attended
  • The draft law was included in the Parliament’s agenda in October 2005, but it had not been  debated
  • In October 2006, Cabinet discussed submitting the draft law to Parliament, but postponed it due to the need to include the issue among information-dissemination and information-security issues.
  • In the aftermath of World Freedom of the Press Day on May 2, 2007, Members of Parliament S.Batbold, E.Bat-Uul, S.Lambaa, Ts.Munkh-Orgil and S.Oyun drafted and submitted the Law on Freedom of Information, but it had been pended in Parliament
  • In 2003, the Government promised to ensure the transparency and adopt relevant law in Ulaanbaatar Declaration, the final document of the Fifth International Conference of New or Restored Democracies (ICNRD) was held in Ulaanbaatar on 8-12 September 2003 which attended by more than 500 delegates from 119 countries.
  • The National Human Rights Program adopted in 2003 includes the legislation of the law
  • The Government pledged to adopt the law in its Action Plan for 2004-2008
  • In November 2004, Globe International launched Freedom of Information URL at web site: (Mongolian) and (English) with support of AUSAID
  •  In 2004-2005, five citizens guidebooks: The Right to Know and Freedom of Information, The right to know and freedom of expression, the Right  and right to vote, the Right to know and right to Direct Participation  and the Right to know and right to act published and widely  distributed
  • In 2008, the Government of Mongolia pledged to adopt the Law on FOI in its Government Action Plan for 2008-2012
  • In December 2008, Globe International invited 10 Mongolian NGOs to create a Civil Society Coalition  for  lobbying of FOI law  as a part of the project Better Access to Curb Corruption funded by the Embassy of Great Britain and North Ireland
  • On January 7, 2009,  P.Erdenejargal, director of OSF, Mongolia and Kh.Naranjargal, Globe International President met the MP-law initiators and agreed to re-draft the law 
  • The round table “Freedom of Information and Corruption” was held on 30 January 2009 at the conference hall of the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs
  • Two-days training “Government Transparency and Information Openness” for the Chairmen of the Citizens’ Representative Khurals organized on 17-18 February 2009 at Bishrelt hotel and involved chairmen of the Citizens’ Representatives Khurals (local parliaments) from 19 aimags
  • Lobbying Meeting with the Members of the Parliamentheld on March 11, 2009 from 13.30 to 17.00 at Conference Hall “E” of the Government House.  The meeting was organized in cooperation with Office of the Parliament
  • On  April 28, 2009, the Parliament formed the Working Group and Kh.Naranjargal, Globe International  
  • On May 14, 2010, the Mongolian Government  approved Resolution No 143  on transparency indicators of the public institutions obliging to make information on the activities, finance and budget, procurement and  human resources open to the public
  • In 2010, the Government of Mongolia drafted its version and submitted to the Parliament
  • On 21 January 2011, the Parliament discussed a passage of the law  and agreed to pass the law
  • On April 20, 2011, the Parliament organized the public hearing on the freedom of information legislation.
  • On 16 June 2011, the Parliament of Mongolia passed the Law on Information Transparency and Right to Access Information.

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