Category Archives: Southern Mongolia

RFA: Missing NGO Documents at China U.N. Human Rights Review Raise Eyebrows

Human rights experts at the United Nations began examining the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s rights record on Tuesday, amid protests over “disappeared” submissions from civic groups that the U.N. body later restored with an apology.

The 31st session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva began its assessment of China’s human rights record amid a global outcry over the mass incarceration of an estimated one million Uyghurs and other minority ethnic Muslims in “re-education camps” in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

But a consortium of rights organizations led by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said valuable information from non-government sources–including Uyghur groups –had been taken off the table ahead of the review.

“We are … dismayed by the fact that at least seven submissions were completely removed from consideration from the final document intended for U.N. member states to draft recommendations for China’s review,” HRW said in a statement.

The statement detailed “missing” contributions from the International Service for Human Rights, Hong Kong political party Demosisto, the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC), the World Uyghur Congress and the Uyghur Human Rights Project.

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RFA: China Under Fire at U.N. Rights Review For Uyghur Re-Education Camps

France, Germany, the United States and other Western countries called on China on Tuesday to close down political re-education camps that Uyghur activists and human rights experts say hold one million Uyghurs and other Muslims.

The United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) began its assessment of China’s human rights record amid a global outcry over the mass incarceration of an estimated one million Uyghurs and other minority ethnic Muslims in “re-education camps” in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

While as many as 1,000 Uyghur and Tibetan protesters and supporters gathered outside the Geneva forum, which reports on alleged violations in each U.N. member state every five years, 13 countries raised concern about the camp program, with many calling on Beijing to shutter the facilities.

“We are alarmed by the government of China’s worsening crackdown on Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” U.S. charge d’affaires Mark Cassayre was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

The United States urged China to “abolish all forms of arbitrary detention, including internment camps in Xinjiang, and immediately release the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of individuals detained in these camps,” he said.

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Report Chinese Government Intimidation and Influence Operations on US Soil


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As noted in recent media accounts, the government of the People’s Republic of China has engaged in the intimidation of US citizens and conducted influence operations on US soil with almost complete impunity. We request the FBI to immediately establish an anonymous tip line and/or website to counter brazen Chinese government threats and influence operations on US soil. Furthermore, we request the FBI publish clear guidelines for actionable tips.

RFA: China Increasing Domestic Repression and Exporting Authoritarianism–US Report

China’s human rights situation is on a “continued downward trajectory, by virtually every measure” under President Xi Jinping and Beijing is using its growing power to spread authoritarian practices outside its borders, a U.S. congressional advisory panel said on Wednesday.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) annual report catalogs perennial human rights concerns, including political prisoners, jailing of journalists, repression of religion, and internet censorship.

The 2018 edition places special focus on the incarceration of Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, growing Communist Party control over society and business, and the use of technology as a tool of repression.

“China’s authoritarianism at home directly threatens our freedoms as well as our most deeply held values and national interests,” said a statement by Senator Marco Rubio, CECC chairman, and Representative Chris Smith, cochairman of the CECC, opening the 244-page report.

“Additionally, the ‘long arm’ of the Chinese Communist Party extends beyond China’s borders and is increasingly pervasive and multifaceted,” the lawmakers wrote, warning that under Xi’s assertive rule Chinese practices are being exported around the world.

“We see an ascendant and increasingly aggressive China, seeking to take center stage in the world, and in so doing, determined to shape new global norms on development, trade, the internet, and even human rights. All the while, the fundamental authoritarian character of China’s political system remains the same,” they wrote.

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Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2018 Annual Report – Southern Mongolia
Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2018 Annual Report – East Turkestan (Xinjiang)
Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2018 Annual Report – Tibet

Congressional-Executive Commission on China 2018 Annual Report – Southern Mongolia

Link to full Annual Report here.

Mention of Southern Mongolia
Grassland Protests in Inner Mongolia
During this reporting year, Mongol herders in the IMAR demonstrated and petitioned authorities over the government’s role in the loss of their traditional grazing lands, the harmful ecological effect of state development on grassland and livestock,22
and the government’s failure to provide herders with adequate compensation for their land.23
As in past reporting years,24 authorities detained some of the Mongol herders who peacefully protested.25
Representative examples of protests by Mongol herders included the following:
Beginning on December 24, 2017, in Ongniud (Wengniute) Banner, Chifeng municipality, IMAR, around 200 herders protested against Ongniud Banner authorities over the state-owned COFCO pig farm’s pollution of their grazing lands and the continued detention of two fellow herders beginning seven months earlier.26 Security personnel reportedly beat some of the herders and detained eight of the herders overnight.27 On December 25, more than 200 herders in Damao Banner, Baotou municipality, IMAR, also protested against COFCO’s pollution of their grazing lands, and asked for compensation from officials for the loss of grazing lands and the demolition of their homes.28

In February 2018, before and after the lunar New Year holiday, Bao Yu, a herder from Urad (Wulate) Middle Banner, Bayannur (Bayannao’er) municipality, IMAR, traveled to Hohhot municipality, IMAR, the regional capital, to protest against the air and water pollution in her village caused by a
gold mining company.29 Bao said local residents had repeatedly called upon government officials to take action over the pollution, but officials had not acted.30
THIRTY-FIVE HERDERS SENTENCED AT JOINT TRIAL
On December 27, 2017, the Zaruud (Zalute) Banner People’s Court in Zaruud Banner, Tongliao municipality, IMAR, reportedly sentenced 35 Mongol herders to prison terms on charges of ‘‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’’ and ‘‘assembling crowds to attack state agencies,’’ in what local herders described as an unjust trial.31
Nine of the herders received sentences of between one and five years in prison.32
The court sentenced the other 26 to six months in prison, releasing them for time served while in detention.33 Authorities alleged that the defendants took part in events in May 2017, including blocking traffic during a protest and staging an illegal demonstration in front of a police dispatch station.34 In a written statement they sent to a U.S.-based rights organization, local herders reportedly said they had protested against a construction company belonging to a Han Chinese family that had ‘‘illegally occupied’’ their grazing lands.35 Relatives of the nine imprisoned herders reportedly said authorities had not permitted them to visit the herders, whose whereabouts were unknown. 36

Book Review: Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe

Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe:
First hand Accounts of Genocide in Southern Mongolia During the Chinese Cultural Revolution
Volume 1

Originally published in Japanese, Eghebatu Togochog, Director of the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center, translated it into English. In doing so, Enghebatu provides a invaluable resource to understand how Southern (Inner) Mongolia was separated from their northern half and despite the name, no longer has a Mongolian majority.

Before the collapse of the Manchurian Qing dynasty, Mongols enjoyed happy, prosperous lives where the Chinese were forbidden to settle and farm their land. Today, they are treated poorly, take the case of Mr. Mergen. In 2011, while trying to prevent coal trucks from taking a shortcut through his grazing lands, one of the drivers knocked him and his horse down and dragged him for 200 yards before stopping. To add insult to injury and death, he justified his actions with ethnic slurs. Mergen is just one example among millions of Mongols treated as second class citizens in their ancestral homeland.

In Genocide on the Mongolian Steppe, the author, History professor Yang Haiying describes the transition of Southern Mongolia from equals to the Manchu rulers, through the influx of Chinese settlers, Japanese occupation, Chinese Communist Party domination and the depravity of the Cultural Revolution. We are gifted the opportunity to read about it from those who experienced the results of the insidious campaign against them.

This book should be required reading. If you believe in the march to socialism you’ll see how sincere, believing Party members were victimized, abused and even murdered despite being committed members of the cause. On the other hand, if you like liberty and freedom, the book outlines the conniving and underhanded techniques used; some of which you may recognize today.

This book is an indictment of the Chinese Communist Party for Crimes Against Humanity for the treatment of the Southern Mongolians.

The old adage, “Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely” is an appropriate description of the perpetrator of the Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao, with the blood of tens of millions on his hands. Today, there is a new leader for life and the potential for the extermination of whole peoples.

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SMHRIC statement at “Resist Xi Jinping – Dictator of Unfree World”

The following is a statement made by Enghebatu Togochog, Director of SMHRIC, at the rally:

Good afternoon!

Today, we Southern Mongolians, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Taiwanese and Chinese are here to express our strong protest to the Chinese Government and the Chinese leader Xi Jinping as the United Nations General Assembly is being held here in this building behind us.

As you all know China is a colonial power that invaded and colonized Southern Mongolia, Tibet and East Turkistan. And the Chinese regime is an authoritarian regime that not only oppresses the people of these occupied nations but also oppresses their own people, and even is extending its long arm to Taiwan and beyond.

Today, we talk about terrorism. We talk about ISIS. We talk about extremism. But, the world is still indifferent to what China is doing to the Southern Mongolians, Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Chinese themselves.

Don’t forget, the Chinese regime or the Chinese Communist Party is the largest terrorist organization on earth that is oppressing one quarter of the world’s population. Citizens of China have no basic human rights, no fundamental freedoms!

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CERD China review questions and concluding observation excerpts regarding Southern Mongolia


The following are excerpts on issues related to Southern Mongolia from UN TV video archives of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 96th Session’s review of China in Geneva from August 10-13, 2018, and the Committee’s concluding observation published on Sep 19, 2018:

SMHRIC
Sep 25, 2018
New York

The following are excerpts on issues related to Southern Mongolia from UN TV video archives of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 96th Session’s review of China in Geneva from August 10-13, 2018, and the Committee’s concluding observation published on Sep 19, 2018:

CERD China review concluding observation on Southern Mongolia:

Resettlement and land expropriation

26. The Committee is concerned by reports that large numbers of farmers and nomadic herders, including from ethnic autonomous areas, have lost their traditional lands and livelihoods owing to poverty alleviation and ecological restoration resettlement measures that could be seen as aggressive development models. While noting the statements delivered by the State party delegation concerning assistance and compensation provided to individuals who have been resettled through these measures, the Committee is nevertheless concerned by reports that compensation for expropriated property is often insufficient to maintain an adequate standard of living; the Committee is concerned, for example, by reports that many resettled ethnic Mongolians have not received sufficient compensation for the loss of their traditional livelihoods as herders owing to a ban on livestock grazing. It is also concerned by reports that, despite an official policy of voluntary resettlement, in practice informed consent is not consistently obtained (arts. 2 and 5).

27. The Committee recommends that the State party fully implement the recommendations contained in paragraphs 30 and 31 of the concluding observations of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (E/C.12/CHN/CO/2). It also recommends that, in cases of resettlement in ethnic minority areas, the authorities work closely and effectively with ethnic minority government officials and communities and provide financial allowances that ensure an adequate standard of living, as well as livelihood restoration measures and, where needed, linguistic and cultural integration assistance.

Ethnic Mongolians

45. The Committee is concerned by reports of abuses by State authorities against ethnic Mongolians peacefully protesting against the confiscation of land and development activities that have resulted in environmental harm. The Committee is also concerned by reports of a significant reduction in the availability of Mongolian-language public schooling (arts. 2 and 5).

46. The Committee recommends that the State party ensure the ability of ethnic minorities to safely conduct peaceful protests, and investigate and sanction any allegations of abuse or harassment during such incidents, whether inflicted by private or State agents. The Committee also recommends that the State party ensure the availability of Mongolian-language public education for ethnic Mongolians, including those residing outside of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Employment

47. The Committee welcomes the information provided by the State party, including Hong Kong, China, on the measures they have taken to promote the employment of ethnic minorities. While noting the State party’s regional unemployment rate statistics, the Committee observes with concern, however, that they are not disaggregated by ethnicity. The Committee is also concerned by the lack of information from the State party about labour inspections and investigations relating to racially discriminatory practices in employment. It notes with concern that most of the 51 employment-related racial discrimination complaints handled by the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong, China between April 2013 and March 2018 were discontinued owing to a lack of substance. The Committee is also concerned by reports that ethnic Uighurs, Mongolians and Tibetans, together with certain other ethnic minorities in China, including Hong Kong, China, often face discrimination in job advertisements and recruitment processes. The Committee is further concerned that, from 2015 to 2017, the Labour Affairs Bureau in Macao, China did not open any cases relating to racial discrimination (arts. 2, 5 and 6).

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Specific Cases of China’s Violation of Rights of the Mongolians


On August 4, 2018, the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) submitted a list of specific cases of China’s violation of rights the Southern Mongolians to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) as the review of the People’s Republic of China by the Committee was approaching. Based on SMHRIC’s full submission to CERD on July 4, 2018, this shorter version of submission outlined specific cases and key issues and was distributed among the CERD members in series of meetings, conferences and other preparatory events prior to the review in Geneva.

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China demolishes Mongolian herders’ houses in freezing cold

China demolishes Mongolian herders’ houses in freezing cold
http://smhric.org/news_590.htm
SMHRIC
January 8, 2016
New York

Mongolian herders from Inget Gachaa, Tungnuur Som of Alshaa Left Banner attempting to block the officials from demolishing their properties (2016-01-04)

As the temperature drops to below 15 Celsius, Chinese authorities in western Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Alshaa Left Banner (“a la shan zuo qi” in Chinese), Alshaa Right Banner (“a la shan you qi” in Chinese) and Eznee Banner (“e ji na qi” in Chinese) launched a massive demolition project to start the New Year. Houses, fences and other infrastructure of the Mongolian herders in these areas have been bulldozed by the local authorities without free, prior and informed consent.

A short video clip that the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) received from the affected area of Alshaa Left Banner shows that helpless herders attempted to block the officials from demolishing their properties while a bulldozer tore down their house in the background.

“The local government officials simply told us that our houses and fences must be demolished as their bulldozers already started the demolition in our community,” a Mongolian herder named Tuyaa from Eznee Banner told SMHRIC in frustration over the phone. “How can we survive this freezing winter without shelters for ourselves and our livestock?”

“Bulldozers are not in my place yet, but we are determined to resist the demolition,” Tuyaa told SMHRIC. “This is our ancestral land. We have every right to live on our own land.”

According to an official document entitled “Proposal to Implement the Work for Remodeling and Renovating Buildings at Risk of Collapse in Rural Pastoralist and Farming Communities in Alshaa Right Banner” was issued recently by the Banner’s Party Committee. In Alshaa Right Banner alone, seven semi-pastoralist Gachaas (a “gachaa” consists of several villages), nine pastoralist Gachaas where livestock grazing is partially banned, and 24 pastoralist Gachaas where livestock grazing is completely banned are affected by the demolition project as part of the “Ten-Coverage Engineering”.

The so-called “Ten-Coverage Engineering” is a three-year showcase project by the Autonomous Region Government, aiming at “demolishing buildings at risk of collapse, guarantying safe drinking water, urbanization of rural communities, delivering electricity, radio and television services to all villages, developing school infrastructure, improving school safety, establishing standardized hygiene stations and cultural centers, setting up convenient supermarket chains in rural villages, and guarantying minimum pension for permanent residents in pastoralist and farming communities”.

The official aforementioned document proposes to carry out a speedy urbanization of rural Mongolian pastoralist communities with a very limited amount of lump-sum payments – as little as 10,000 yuan (approximately $1,500 USD) in some cases – for each household.

“This is nothing but a decisive move by the Chinese to wipe out our pastoralist culture and way of life through urbanization,” a Mongolian herder from the affected community named Dambaa said in a voice statement. “The heart of Mongolian culture and identity is pastoralism. Once our pastoralism is wiped out, naturally we will cease to exist as a distinct people.”

In the most recent case, on December 17, 2015, riding horses and camels, nearly 100 Mongolian herders from Eznee Banner took to the streets to urge the local government to protect herders’ legal rights and punish the Chinese from the neighboring province of Gansu for illegally occupying their grazing lands.

As China expedites its expropriation of the herders’ grazing lands and extraction of mineral resources in Southern Mongolia, the once beautiful verdant region of Alshaa has been targeted by China’s booming mining industries. The scarce and precious underground water system has been depleted, and the fragile ecosystem has been destroyed. The expanding Chinese mines and encroaching Chinese settlers are threatening the very existence of the unique culture of Mongolian camel herders in this area.

Alshaa herder’ houses demolished (2016-01-04)
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Chinese official documents justifying demolition
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