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Resolution adopted without a vote by the IPU Council
at its 170th session (Marrakech, 23 March 2002)

The Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the outline of the case of Mr. Zorig Sanjasuuren of Mongolia, as contained in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/170/13.c(ii)-R.1), and to the relevant resolution adopted at its 169th session (September 2001),

Having before it the written report on the on-site mission carried out from 1 to 3 August 2001 and the detailed written observations thereon provided by the authorities with whom the delegation met,

Considering that, at the hearing the Committee held with them on the occasion of the 107th Conference (March 2002), the Deputy Speaker of the State Great Hural and Ms. Oyun, an MP and sister of Mr. Zorig, stated the following as regards follow-up on the conclusions of the mission: the working groups set up by the police and the Central Investigative Agency, respectively, now work closely together, having been merged in a single group; the Government and Parliament consider favourably a possible request for external criminal expertise; however, the parliamentary authorities do not consider it appropriate to establish a parliamentary working group since such a group would have no legal right to inquire into the investigation and would be given no information; moreover, the Speaker is a member of the National Security Council, which receives quarterly information about the investigation,

  1. Thanks the authorities of Mongolia and in particular the State Great Hural for their cooperation and detailed observations on the report, which not only provide new information but also enabled the Committee to correct some data which the delegation had been unable to cross-check on the spot;
  2. Commends the Committee's delegation for its work; fully endorses the missionís conclusions and recommendations;
  3. Notes with satisfaction that the authorities have followed the recommendation that the main investigating bodies cooperate and coordinate their work for the sake of progress in the investigation, and that foreign expertise may prove helpful to that end; requests the Secretary General, in close contact with the Mongolian authorities, to inquire into the possibility that the IPU might act to facilitate such assistance;
  4. Notes that the parliamentary authorities agree that Parliament has an important role in supervising the activities of the executive branch; is therefore confident that it will make every effort to avail itself of its oversight function and so ensure that the investigation proceeds with all due diligence and thoroughness;
  5. Requests the Secretary General to convey this resolution to the authorities and the sources;
  6. Requests the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians to continue examining this case and to report to it at its next session (September 2002).

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