Archive for November, 2010

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Mongolia under the spotlight – human rights review

It is Mongolia’s turn to be reviewed under the Universal Periodic Review. As some may recall, in 2009, North Korea took its turn to be reviewed in this process. North Korea remains the only country to refuse to accept any recommendations to improve its human rights record. We can expect Mongolia to be a little more receptive to this process.

The UPR is a four year cycle during which all countries are peer-reviewed for their human rights record. This is year three of the cycle and so far its been a real mixed bag of countries engaging positively and countries, like China and North Korea making half-arsed attempts to look remotely cooperative.

Mongolia has submitted their national report, the NGOs have submitted their reports, UN summaries have been prepared and a summary of the NGO information. Mongolia’s review takes place tomorrow Tuesday 2 November and it can be watched live via webcast – which is exactly what I plan to be doing.

Some countries have already submitted questions and Mongolia has issued replies. This gives us a taster of what to expect- death penalty, prison conditions and LGBT.




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