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Resolution adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 181st session
(Geneva, 10 October 2007)

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the case of Mr. Zorig Sanjasuuren, a member of the Parliament of Mongolia who was murdered in October 1998, as outlined in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/181/11(a)-R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 180th session (May 2007),

Recalling the following: the investigation into the murder of Mr. Zorig Sanjasuuren in October 1998 has been unavailing so far; during the mission of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians to Mongolia in August 2001, the investigative authorities stated that foreign expertise in criminology would help them make progress; following contacts with the parliaments of Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom - the countries which the Mongolian authorities had identified as the ones which they would like to provide the assistance - the Mongolian authorities agreed to send the necessary official request for technical assistance in this respect to the competent authorities of those countries; considering that, by letter dated 1 August 2007, the Prime Minister of Mongolia sent an official request to his counterparts in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom,

Recalling also that, on 7 August 2006, the Speaker of the State Great Hural set up a working group to "acquaint itself with the investigation into Mr. Zorig's murder and to provide it with the necessary assistance and support",

  1. Is very pleased that the official request for technical assistance with the investigation of Mr. Zorig's murder has now been sent and hopes that the Mongolian authorities will receive a positive reply as quickly as possible;

  2. Requests the parliaments of Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom to follow up on this matter as a matter of urgency with their competent authorities so that the necessary assistance can be provided as quickly as possible;

  3. Trusts that the parliamentary working group will closely follow developments in this regard and would appreciate being kept informed of its work;

  4. Requests the Committee to continue examining this case and report to it at its next session, to be held on the occasion of the 118th Assembly of the IPU (Cape Town, April 2008).
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