Delegation of the European Union to Mongolia

EU and Mongolia Annual Human Rights Dialogue

03/12/2020 - 06:39
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The EU and Mongolia reaffirmed their shared commitment to democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and respect for international commitments in this regard. The EU and Mongolia will continue to implement these shared values in their cooperation.

 

On 25 November, the annual Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union and Mongolia convened in a virtual format due to the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 and related travel restrictions. Chaired by Mr Jonathan Hatwell, Head of Division of the European External Actions Service and by Ms Navchaa Tseveen, Head of Human Rights Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, the meeting enabled an open and extensive discussion on:

  • the impact of COVID-19 on human rights;
  • the recent Universal Periodic Review of Mongolia;
  • rights of the child and child labour, including child jockeys and violence against children;
  • independence of the judiciary;
  • anti-discrimination of minorities;
  • gender equality;
  • freedom of religion and belief;
  • human rights defenders;
  • freedom of assembly and the role of civil society;
  • cooperation with the UN Human Rights Bodies
  • the implementation of the human rights conventions related to GSP+.

Next steps

The Human Rights Dialogue will be followed by the EU-Mongolia Joint Committee on 3 December 2020 via videoconference. The annual meetings of the Joint Committee are alternately chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The EU and Mongolia engage on human rights within the context of the EU-Mongolia Joint Committee, the EU-Mongolia Human Rights Dialogue and the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP+) monitoring process.

Background

The EU and Mongolia established diplomatic relations in 1989. The EU’s partnership with Mongolia is rooted in the shared commitment to protect and uphold the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. In 2017, the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Mongolia entered into force. Within the PCA, the EU and Mongolia agreed to cooperate in the promotion and effective protection of human rights, including with regard to the ratification and implementation of international human rights instruments;

  • supporting the development and implementation of a national action plan on human rights; 
  • human rights promotion and education;
  • strengthening of national and regional human rights-related institutions;
  • the establishment of a meaningful, broad-based human rights dialogue;
  • strengthening of cooperation within the human rights-related institutions of the United Nations.

 

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