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Mongolia: Adoption of Freedom of Information Law is a Milestone for Transparency

Publisher Article 19
Publication Date 20 June 2011
Cite as Article 19, Mongolia: Adoption of Freedom of Information Law is a Milestone for Transparency, 20 June 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e38f9902.html [accessed 22 December 2014]
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Ulan Bator 20.06.11: ARTICLE 19 welcomes the adoption of the Law on Information Transparency and Freedom of Information by the Parliament of Mongolia on June 16, 2011. The Law will come into effect in December 1, 2011.

 "We are very pleased that Mongolia has now joined the nearly 90 countries across the world that provide legal protection for the right to information. The adoption of the Law on Information Transparency and Freedom of Information is an important milestone for enhancing public participation and government transparency in Mongolia," said Agnes Callamard, Executive Director ARTICLE 19.

"We call upon the government and civil society of Mongolia to work together and allocate the necessary resources to ensure the effective implementation of the Law," continued Callamard. 

For many years, there have been discussions in Mongolia around the adoption of a right to information legislation. ARTICLE 19 provided comments on the Draft Law of Mongolia on Freedom of Information in 2003 and 2006 respectively. In January 2011, the campaign for a right to information law gathered momentum when the Mongolian Ministry of Justice submitted to Parliament a Draft Law of Mongolia on Information Transparency and Freedom of Information. 

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