Mongolian President announced death penalty moratorium

2010 2010-01-15T19:43:16+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj has announced a moratorium on the death penalty, and called for the punishment to be abolished.

Mr Elbegdorj told parliament that the punishment degraded Mongolia's dignity.

He is known to have commuted at least three death sentences since taking power last year.

Exact figures on capital punishment in Mongolia are hard to establish, but at least one man was executed in 2008, and nine are believed to be on death row.