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SMHRIC: Over 100 global rights groups call for the immediate release of Mongolian writer and activist Munkhbayar Chuluundorj

World leaders urged to jointly press for all charges against him to be dropped and for him to be freed

FULL STATEMENT PDF

Human rights groups have today called on the Mongolian government to immediately release human rights defender Munkhbayar Chuluundorj who is serving a 10-year prison sentence on politically motivated charges related to his public criticism of the Mongolian government’s close ties with China. [Full statement text and list of signatories can be seen below]

Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj is an award-winning Mongolian journalist, poet, and human rights activist known for defending the linguistic, cultural, and historical identities of Southern Mongolians. In February 2022 he was arbitrarily arrested, in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, after raising public critique of the relationship between the Mongolian and Chinese governments and the links to a crackdown on the rights in Southern Mongolia [CH: Inner Mongolia], which China has occupied since 1949.

Togochog Enghebatu of Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center said: “Munkhbayar ‘s case reminds us of that the Chinese regime is not just a colonial power that occupies once independent Southern Mongolia, Tibet, and East Turkistan, but also a global hegemon that threatens its sovereign neighbors and the wider free and democratic world.”

Aurora Chang, International Tibet Network, said: “Munkhbayar’s unjust conviction and detainment is one in a long line of examples of the overreach of Beijing’s power outside of its borders, and the Chinese Communist Party’s disregard for the sovereignty of other countries and international law. Human rights activists, lawyers, and writers from all across the world are calling for Munkhbayar’s release, and it is imperative that the Mongolian authorities listen to them now in the interest of protecting democracy and freedom of expression.”

Talita Pessoa, Program Director, PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center, said: “The unjust conviction of Munkhbayar Chuluundorj is a worrisome example of the use of national security laws to criminalize human rights defenders. The charges and his subsequent conviction have effectively silenced Munkhbayar Chuluundorj’s criticism of both the Mongolian and Chinese governments’ policies around the culture and language of ethnic Mongolians living in China’s Inner Mongolia. It’s noteworthy that his trial happened amid China’s new public education policies to remove Mongolian language instruction for various key subjects in the region. We urge the Mongolian authorities to respect their citizens’ fundamental right of freedom of expression, calling for the conviction to be voided and for Chuluundorj’s immediate release.”

Hidetoshi Ishii of Free Tibet Fukuoka said: “We cannot overlook the fact that an authoritarian country is repainting democratic countries. Rescuing Munkhbayar isn’t just about helping one individual, it’s about protecting democracy.”

CONTACTS:
Togochog Enghebatu, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center: enghebatu@smhric.org
Hidetoshi Ishii, Free Tibet Fukuoka: npodga@gmail.com
Aurora Chang, International Tibet Network: aurora@tibetnetwork.org
FULL STATEMENT TEXT:

We urge the Mongolian government to immediately release Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj who was arbitrarily arrested in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, by the General Intelligence Agency (GIA) of Mongolia on February 17, 2022.

Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj is an award-winning Mongolian journalist, poet, and human rights activist known for defending the linguistic, cultural, and historical identities of Southern Mongolians.

Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj was detained in Ulaanbaatar on politically motivated charges related to his public criticism of the Mongolian government’s close ties with China and the shrinking rights in Southern Mongolia [CH: Inner Mongolia], which China has occupied since 1949. His arrest and sentencing took place amid China’s increasingly severe policies in Southern Mongolia that aim to remove learning in the Mongolian language for several key subjects. These restrictive policies are similar to those rolled out by Chinese authorities in Tibet and East Turkistan [CH: Xinjiang], and recent moves to replace Cantonese education in Hong Kong with Mandarin.

Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj was sentenced to 10 years in prison on June 28, 2022, for “collaborating with a foreign intelligence agency” against the People’s Republic of China. On December 21, 2022, the Supreme Court of Mongolia heard his appeal and upheld the lower court’s original decision. There is no evidence linking Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj to the charge and his lawyer, Ms. Baasan Geleg, has dismissed the national security charge against him as entirely baseless.

In September 2022 two handwritten letters from Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj – penned in the detention center in June 2022 – were received by the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center. In the letters, he pleaded his innocence and detailed how he believed the evidence against him had been fabricated in relation to his work to better the conditions of Mongolians.

Land-locked Mongolia is highly dependent on China for imports and there has been an increase in economic influence, including vast loans via Xi Jinping’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, in recent years that have pushed Mongolia into major indebtedness to China. These debts are further exacerbated by a program of cultural propaganda such as the establishment of Confucius Institutes, television and radio broadcasts, and cultural centers.

Growing concern about the Mongolian state’s harassment, intimidation, and reprisals against human rights defenders is growing. In October 2022, the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights raised the issue of human rights defenders and recommended Mongolia put in place protection safeguards and ‘urgently investigate cases in which human rights defenders are criminalized’. Later in the same month, the Japanese “Parliamentary Support Group for Southern Mongolia” published a statement regarding the sentence of Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj.

Rights groups are calling on like-minded governments – both jointly and bi-laterally – and the UN Human Rights Council to call for the immediate release of Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj.

SIGNED BY:

Togochog Enghebatu, President, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center

Hidetoshi Ishii, Senior Advisor, Free Tibet Fukuoka

Elbegdorj Tsakhyiagiin, President of World Mongol Federation and former President of Mongolia

Dolkun Isa, President, World Uyghur Congress

Anna Kwok, Executive Director, Hong Kong Democracy Council

Mandie McKeown, Executive Director, International Tibet Network

Talita Pessoa, Program Director, PEN America

Dr. Sanj Altan, President, Mongol American Cultural Association

Dr. Yang Jianli, President, Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Merce Monje Cano, Executive Director, Unrepresented Nations, and Peoples Organization

On behalf of the following global rights groups:

Afghanistan Cinema Club
Afghanistan Hazara Culture and Solidarity Association (AHCSA)
Alaska Tibet Committee
Altanseseg Band
Asociación Cultural Tibetano-Costarricense
Association France Tibet
Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association
Bath District Tibet Support Group
Bayanmongol NGO (USA)
Bolaq Analysts Network USA
Buriat House
Buryaat Mongol United Association
CADAL
Campaign For Uyghurs
Captive Nations Coalition
Casa del Tibet
Centre for Himalayan Asia Studies and Engagement (CHASE)
China Against the Death Penalty
China Alarm
China Change
Chinggis Khan Memorial Foundation
Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet – CAT
Committee on the Present Danger: China
Foundation for Non-violent Alternatives
Fredrik Larsson
Free Tibet
Free Tibet Fukuoka
FREE TIBET ITALY
Fundacion Casa del Tibet
Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities
Grupo de Apoio ao Tibete-Portugal
Hazara Committee in UK
Hazara Community in Ireland
Hazara Community of Washington
Hazara Organization for Peace and Equality (HOPE)
Hazara Research Center
Hong Kong Committee in Norway
India – Tibet Friendship Society
India Tibet Friendship Society NAGPUR
Inner Mongolia People’s Party
Institute for China’s Democratic Transition
InterMongol Network
International PEN Uyghur Center
International Society for Human Rights – Sweden
International Society for Human Rights, Munich chapter
Kalmyk Project
Kalmyk Youth Coalition
Keep Taiwan Free
La Federacion of Cantonia
Latvia for Tibet
Law and Society Alliance (LSA)
LUNGTA – Actief voor Tibet
Mongol Heritage Foundation
Mongolian 4-H NGO (USA)
National Democratic Party of Tibet
New Yorkers Supporting Hong Kong
Nutug Chuulgan
Objectif Tibet
RangZen Brazil
Regional Tibetan Youth Congress NYNJ
Santa Barbara Friends of Tibet
Save the Mongolian Language NGO
Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet – Japan
Students for a Free Tibet – Taiwan
Students For a Free Tibet- India
Swedish Mongolian Committee (Svenska Mongol Kommitten)
Swedish Tibet Committee
Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association
Terrorism Victims Protection Organization (TVPO)
The Norwegian Tibet Committee
The Tibet Support Committee, Denmark
Tibet Justice Center
Tibet Solidarity
Tibet Support Association Sambhala Tibet Center
Tibet Support Groep Nederland
Tibet Support Group Ireland
TIBET WATCH
Tibetan Community in Britain
Tibetan Community in Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Tibetans of Mixed Heritage
Tso Pema Non-Profit
TSSA
UK Mongolian Community
USTC US Tibet Committee
Uyghur American Association
Uyghur Human Rights Project
Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project
Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement
Voice of Southern Mongolia
World Hazara Council
World Mongol Federation Europe
World Mongol Federation USA
Youth Liberation Front of Tibet, East-Turkistan, Manchuria & Inner-Mongolia (YLFTM ) New-Delhi
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SMHRIC: Letters from Munkhbayar Chuluundorj concerning his case

Mr.Munkhbayar Chuluundorj, a citizen of the independent country of Mongolia, human rights defender, writer, journalist and member of the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Mongolian court for his alleged “collaborations with an Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing of the Embassy of India to Mongolia, against the People’s Republic of China.” (SMHRIC)

SMHRIC
December 10, 2022
New York
The following is an English translation of two letters handwritten and sent to the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center by Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj concerning his case. Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj, a journalist, writer, human rights defender and citizen of the independent country of Mongolia, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Mongolian court recently for his alleged “collaboration with a foreign intelligence agency against the People’s Republic of China” (English translation by SMHRIC):

Letter 1:

I am a longtime activist who has worked to defend the human rights of Southern Mongolians for years.

The Chinese government’s policy of banning the Mongolian language in schools and society at large in Southern Mongolia led to widespread protests and demonstrations in the summer and fall of 2020. Citizen support of Southern Mongolia had never been as widespread. I actively took part in these protests and demonstrations as an organizer and coordinator.

At this time, I started getting to know a foreigner who supported human rights activism for the cause of Southern Mongolia. Since my “case” was labeled “top secret” by the Mongolian authorities, I am afraid I cannot divulge any further details—but I did nothing but tell the foreigner that I would continue my activism for universally accepted and respected human rights.

On February 17, 2022, Mongolian General Intelligence agents arrested me by force without any legal justification while I was walking down the street and searched my residency without a warrant, confiscating the cash, documents, phones, and computers of my family members. They returned all these items, except for my phone and laptop, to my family a week later as they failed to find any evidence of my alleged “link with foreign intelligence.” I was told that the search was necessary in accordance with Article 19.4.1 of the Criminal Code of Mongolia as I was suspected of “committing the crime of collaborating with a foreign intelligence agency.”

Shortly after that, in the name of “clarifying some matters,” they took me to the General Intelligence Agency headquarters and arrested me. Their justifications were that some cash was found in my home and that a witness claimed the foreigner with whom I was in contact was a spy.

On February 18, 2022, I was notified that I would be detained as a suspect.

On February 21, 2022, I was told that I would be prosecuted. On the same day, the General Intelligence Agency of Mongolia held a press conference and announced that I was guilty. Following this, online reports claimed that I was “arrested in action while receiving 200 million tugriks from the Indian Consulate” and “sentenced to eight years in prison.” Some of the information disclosed in these reports originated from the General Intelligence Agency’s so-called “top secret” documents.

After a year and three months of secret surveillance and investigation, the General Intelligence Agency failed to find any evidence that I violated the law. It is also worth noting that I was arrested only a few days after my colleagues and I hosted a press conference to criticize the Mongolian Prime Minister for remarking that “Mongolia would like to board China’s express train of prosperity” during his visit to Beijing for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

More from Munkhbayar Chuluundorj’s Letters..

PRC Efforts To Manipulate Global Public Opinion on Xinjiang

Recently, the US State Department released a report entitled, “PRC Efforts To Manipulate Global Public Opinion on Xinjiang.”
The Executive summary is as follows:

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) actively attempts to manipulate and dominate global discourse on Xinjiang and to discredit independent sources reporting ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity conducted against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. PRC-directed and -affiliated actors lead a coordinated effort to amplify Beijing’s preferred narratives on Xinjiang, to drown out and marginalize narratives that are critical of the PRC’s repression of Uyghurs, and to harass those critical of the PRC.

The report has many links to the proofs – the CCP propaganda is very active.

SMHRIC: Mongolian journalist handed 10 years; attorney says “independent country of Mongolia became a province of China”

SMHRIC
July 6, 2022
New York

Mr.Munkhbayar Chuluundorj, a citizen of the independent country of Mongolia, human rights defender, writer, journalist and member of the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Mongolian court for his alleged “collaborations with an Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing of the Embassy of India to Mongolia, against the People’s Republic of China.” (SMHRIC)

Following 131 days of extrajudicial detention, on June 28, 2022, Mongolian citizen, human rights defender, writer, journalist and a member of the Confederation of Mongolian Journalists Mr. Munkhbayar Chuluundorj was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Primary Criminal Court of Bayanzurkh, Chingeltei and Sukhbaatar Districts in the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. The charge read out by the court, according to Chuluundor’s attorney, Ms. Baasan Geleg, was “10 years in prison for collaborating with a foreign intelligence agency.”

When asked by the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center which country’s intelligence agency Chuluundorj was allegedly collaborating with and which country he was accused of working against, Geleg said, “In order to cover up their treasonous acts they have been committing, the intelligence, court and the prosecutors of Mongolia are all shamelessly claiming that Chuluundorj had been collaborating with an Indian intelligence agency, namely the Research and Analysis Wing of the Embassy of India to Mongolia, against the People’s Republic of China.”

“What this is telling us is that the independent country of Mongolia has already become a province of the People’s Republic of China,” Geleg said in front of the courthouse after the trial, “because no article or clause of the constitution or any other laws of the independent country of Mongolia has ever stated to criminalize the citizens of Mongolia to defend the interest of China.”

“I am not just defending Chuluundorj. I am defending the sovereignty and independence of Mongolia. I am defending the entire Mongolian people from Chinese oppression,” Geleg said in an earlier statement sent to the SMHRIC.

“Today, we came to know that the Government of Mongolia is shamelessly and openly serving the interest of China!” said Chuluundorj’s other attorney, Mr. Batdorj Altan. “The court’s act of criminalizing its citizen without a single piece of evidence is an act of betrayal to the people and nation.”

Pointing to the court building behind him, attorney Altan continued, “This Sukhbaatar District Court is occupied by traitors, traitors to the people of Mongolia, who are sucking the blood of Mongolia, squandering the wealth of Mongolia, but betraying the nation of Mongolia and oppressing the people of Mongolia.”

Munkhbayar Chuluundorj’s brother, Munk-Erdene Chuluundorj, told the SMHRIC that his brother’s health has suffered due to his imprisonment.

“My brother told us not to worry about his health. But what worries us is that he was hospitalized for two weeks recently. He did not tell us much about the prison conditions, but what we know is his meals consist mostly of animal organ stew, which certainly is considered an inferior quality food in Mongolia,” he added.

As a staunch advocate for freedom and human rights for the six million Southern Mongolians under the Chinese colonial regime, Chuluundorj organized and attended numerous conferences, meetings, protests, and other events in his home country of Mongolia and elsewhere, including the United States and Japan. Critical of the Mongolian Government’s unusually close ties with the Chinese regime in persecuting and deporting Southern Mongolian political refugees, he once said in a conference held in Japan by the Inner Mongolian People’s Party that “two governments in the world are most hostile towards Southern Mongolian exiles and [violate] their rights the most: the Government of China and the Government of Mongolia.”

Most recently, Chuluundorj had been active in demanding the resignation of Mr. Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene, Prime Minister of Mongolia, for kowtowing to the Chinese and failing to safeguard the sovereignty and independence of Mongolia.

http://smhric.org/news_705.htm

Related reports on the case:

Writer-activist supporting Southern Mongolia arrested in Mongolia

Munkhbayar Chuluundorj’s open letter: Wake up, Mongolians, if you don’t want to be wiped out!

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New Eastern Turkestan Genocide Evidence Reveals the Truth


Ethical hackers have obtained concrete evidence of the genocide of the people of Eastern Turkestan (aka Xinjiang, PRC.) Thanks to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, pictures and documents are online at:

https://www.xinjiangpolicefiles.org/

It can no longer be denied, write your public officials to let them know your concerns and pass along a link to the information.

For Freedom

Newsweek: China Is Holding My Uyghur Mother Prisoner. Will President Biden Say Her Name?

China Is Holding My Uyghur Mother Prisoner. Will President Biden Say Her Name?
Ziba Murat, daughter of Dr. Gulshan Abbas

The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is well underway. Millions of people will likely tune in to see the spectacle that China has orchestrated—everything from the choreographed pageantry of the Opening Ceremonies to the man-made snow blanketing the ski slopes. China wants the Olympics to project its economic might and global dominance. But for me, the images on the screen will be a bleak reminder of China’s oppression and persecution, on a very personal level.

I will witness the Games through my unique perspective as an Uyghur-American, but also as the daughter of Dr. Gulshan Abbas, a Uyghur retired doctor and peaceful public servant who spent decades caring for the members of her community until she suddenly disappeared from her home in Urumqi in 2018.

Since the day she vanished, my mother has been detained by the Chinese government in one of what it calls its “re-education camps.” But the world has come to recognize them as 21st century concentration camps.

The author holding a photo of her mother, Gulshan Abbas, a doctor being held in a Chinese prison for being Uyghur.

We have not heard my mother’s voice since 2018, and despite my family’s pleas for even a simple update on her situation, we have received little to no information from the Chinese government. We do not even have proof that she is still alive. It is only hope and my fervent wishes that she will one day meet her three-year-old granddaughter that keeps me moving forward with the fight to see her freed.

My mother is not in prison because she is a criminal. She is in prison for one simple fact: The Chinese Communist Party can’t see past her ethnicity. She is in prison for the crime of being Uyghur.

The Biden Administration showed moral leadership by refusing to send official representation to the Beijing Olympics and encouraging other countries to join the diplomatic boycott in protest of China’s human rights abuses. But the administration can and must do more to stand up for individual Uyghurs like my mother, who sit behind bars for no reason other than their ethnicity or association with family in the United States.

The Chinese government may dismiss the accusation that it is carrying out genocide against my people and disregard international calls to close the camps and free all those detained Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities. But when we know the names and stories of unjustly imprisoned individuals, the perpetrators should at the very least face intense pressure from the U.S. to release those individuals, especially the family members of the American citizens.

It’s a relatively small act for the leader of the free world to say the name Gulshan Abbas. It could change the course of my mother’s life.

Last September, in his remarks on National Grandparents Day, President Biden said, “There is no greater joy than spending time with our grandchildren; they are the love of our lives and the life of our love.” When I think about the fact that my mother was robbed from the chance to hold my daughter, I can barely breathe for the ache in my chest. Still, I cling to the words that my mother taught me: “Hope brings miracles.”

I will never give up hope that I will see my mother again and she will finally meet her granddaughter. Nor will I give up hope that President Biden will be moved to use his power and influence to do more to help free my mother and end this human suffering.

Perhaps when the President sees images from the Beijing Olympics, or perhaps as he holds a beloved grandchild close, he will remember the story of Dr. Gulshan Abbas and think of her clinging to hope and a belief in miracles, even from within the walls of her prison cell. And then perhaps he will find a way to make a miracle happen for her.

Ziba Murat is the daughter of Dr. Gulshan Abbas. Follow her on Twitter @ziba116.

Does Money Prevent Being Cancelled?

Sometimes people really say what is on their mind and yet no matter how detestable their words, they are given a free pass.
One case in point are the words of Chamath Palihapitiya delivered in a podcast in January 2022:

“Let’s be honest, nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs,” Palihapitiya said. “You bring it up because you really care, and I think that’s nice that you care. The rest of us don’t care.”

As a minority owner in an NBA team and billionaire, he has little to worry about. Although the NBA team distanced itself from his statement, he has suffered no real consequence for his callous disregard for the suffering of the Uyghur people or for thinking genocide is acceptable. Forced organ harvesting and concentration camps have become a new normal in his mind.

In Wisconsin Democrats Return Money From Tech Billionaire Under Fire for Uyghur Comments, we learn that he is a Democratic Party mega-donor, but the Wisconsin Democratic party decided to send their $10,000 donation from him to an Uyghur support group. Maybe this should be a trend – how many other Democratic Party recipients of his money are willing to either return it to him or repurpose the donation to help the Uyghur community?

For Freedom

CFU: CFU Proud to Collaborate on CAIR Global Hilton Boycott

CFU Press Release
For Immediate Release
September 17, 2021 5:00 p.m. EST
Contact: Julie Millsap julie@campaignforuyghurs.org
www.campaignforuyghurs.org

Yesterday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) launched its global Hilton Hotel boycott campaign with a press conference in Washington D.C. Campaign For Uyghurs (CFU) has been honored to be part of this important initiative together with the World Uyghur Congress, Uyghur Human Rights Project and more than 40 Coalition Partners. Furthermore, CFU applauds CAIR for spotlighting the atrocious actions of Hilton to build a hotel on the site of a demolished Uyghur mosque in East Turkistan.

Speaking at the press conference, Mr. Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of CAIR, remarked that “We have given Hilton Hotel more than 4 months to rethink, to reconsider…we negotiated with them indirectly to no avail. We gave them until yesterday to pull out from this project because they are complicit in genocide, and they decided to put profit over values.”

Hilton has carried on with the project, deliberately ignoring the travesty of the assaults on Islam in East Turkistan and the genocide of the Uyghur people. This blatant disrespect for the Muslim faith is in line with other alarming developments. Nearly all aspects of Islam are outlawed. Mosques, when not destroyed, are being turned into night-clubs and pig sties. Uyghur women are forced to marry Han Chinese men out of fear of being detained and labelled “extremist” if they refuse. Most horrific of all, they are facing mass rape, forced abortions, and forced sterilizations. All of these policies are part of a coordinated effort to wage war against the faith of the Uyghur people. The reality is that this is an attack on religious tolerance and religious freedoms globally, not just in East Turkistan.

CFU Executive Director Rushan Abbas said, “Our faith is not an obstacle to be bulldozed! The Uyghurs are not an obstacle to be erased! Profiting off of this genocide is in opposition to the values of humanity! The conscience of the world is at test with this genocide and Hilton is failing it! Today we are calling for a boycott of Hilton for this shameful and bare opportunism, and we demand that companies do the bare minimum: refuse to make money off of the genocide of an entire people group.”

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ALL4MOM.org: Take Action

Help Free Gulshan Abbas and take action!

NoToBeijing2022.org: Podcast video #5

Sample letter: https://notobeijing2022.org/sl1

Congressional Representatives: https://www.congress.gov/members

Complete SecState Pompeo speech: https://youtu.be/g1BbswU3i10