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Resolution adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 182nd session
(Cape Town, 18 April 2008)

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/182/12(b)-R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 181st session (October 2007),

Taking account of the letter of 8 January 2008 from the Chairman of the Working Group regarding the investigation into the murder of Mr. Zorig,

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 those from which they would welcome such assistance - by letter dated 1 August 2007, the Prime Minister of Mongolia sent an official request for technical assistance with the investigation to his counterparts in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom; and considering in this respect that by letters dated 5 and 19 October 2007, respectively, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Chancellor of Germany responded favourably,

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”, and considering that the working group has met several times with the police and intelligence teams, which briefed it on progress in the investigation,

  1. Thanks the Chairman of the working group on the investigation into the murder of Mr. Zorig Sanjasuuren for his cooperation;

  2. Welcomes at the positive reply from the German and United Kingdom authorities to the Mongolian authorities' request for technical assistance, and is confident that the necessary arrangements will be made in order for that assistance to materialize as rapidly as possible;

  3. Requests the Secretary General to follow up with the Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives the Japanese Government's reply to the official request for technical assistance made by the Mongolian Prime Minister;

  4. Requests the Committee to keep itself informed of progress made in the investigation and to report back to it in due course.
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