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Resolution adopted unanimously by the IPU Governing Council at its 184th session
(Addis Ababa, 10 April 2009)

The Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union,

Referring to the case of Mr. Zorig Sanjasuuren, a member of the State Great Hural of Mongolia who was murdered in October 1998, as outlined in the report of the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (CL/184/12(b)-R.1), and to the resolution adopted at its 183rd session (October 2008),

Taking account of the letter of 1 April 2009 from the Vice-Chairman of the State Great Hural and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Mongolian Inter-Parliamentary Group,

Recalling that, during an on-site visit to Mongolia by the Committee in August 2001, the Mongolian investigative authorities stated that technical assistance with certain aspects of the investigation into Mr. Zorig's murder would be helpful; that, in August 2007, the then Prime Minister of Mongolia sent an official request for technical assistance with the investigation to, inter alia, the Government of Germany and sent a similar request on 16 January 2009 to the Japanese Prime Minister,

Noting that the German authorities are meanwhile providing the requested technical assistance, that a Mongolian delegation travelled to Germany in June 2008, that certain evidence was analysed and that the German authorities remain at the disposal of their Mongolian counterparts for analysis of other items; noting in this respect that, in his letter, the Vice-Chairman of the State Great Hural, through the IPU, requested the assistance of member parliaments in obtaining the analysis of certain evidence through Mitotyping technology and DNA analysis,

Considering thatthe parliament elected in June 2008 has followed the example of the previous legislature and on 30 March 2009, through Resolution 64 of the Speaker, established a working group to acquaint itself with the investigation into Mr. Zorig's murder and to provide the necessary assistance and support,

  1. Is gratified to note that the German offer to provide technical assistance has materialized and produced results and that a request for technical assistance has been sent to the Japanese Prime Minister; is confident that it will receive a positive answer, thereby increasing the likelihood that the combined work of foreign and Mongolian experts will finally elucidate Mr. Zorig's murder;

  2. Is also gratified that the parliamentary working group has been set up since it can do much to prevent impunity in this case;

  3. Requests the Secretary General to take the necessary steps to ensure that the specific assistance sought for the analysis of evidence is provided;

  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 121st Assembly of the IPU (October 2009).
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