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Friday, January 14, 2011

Mongolian president suspended death penalty

On January 14, 2010, Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhia announced that he would suspend the death penalty and commute the sentences of all prisoners held on death row to 30 years in prison. In a speech to the Mongolian Parliament, Tsakhia called for a permanent ban on the death penalty, saying that many mistakes were made in its administration, and that the system has been abused. He cited statistics from Amnesty International (AI), showing that one in three death sentences were overturned by a court of appeals, as proof that oftentimes the sentence was wrongfully imposed.


Mongolian coat of arms

Learn more about the death penalty and Amnesty International from the JURIST news archive.




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