Archive for February, 2013

Hada and Family Members Still Missing

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Hada had a brief family reunion in December 2010 after serving his 15 years of imprisonment before being transferred to a secret prison for extrajudicial detention

As Mr.Hada, Southern (Inner) Mongolian prominent political prisoner, continues to serve extrajudicial detention at a secret prison in the regional capital Hohhot, his wife Ms. Xinna and son Uiles have gone missing again since around the end of January 2013.

Phone calls to Xinna, Uiles and Xinna’s extended family remain unanswered. The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) was able to contact Hada’s uncle Mr. Haschuluu, who lives in eastern Southern Mongolia’s Ulaanhad city (“Chi Feng” in Chinese). Ulaanhad is the location of the Inner Mongolia Jail No.4 where Hada completed his 15 year jail sentence on December 10, 2010 and then transferred to the secret prison in Hohhot.

“I have lost contact with Xinna, Uiles and Xinna’s extended family in Bogot City (“Bao Tou” in Chinese) since early November 2012,” Haschuluu told SMHRIC over the phone, “on November 3, I went to Hohhot and tried to see them. Unfortunately I was not allowed to see any of them, so I went to Bogot. I was still not allowed to see any member of Hada’s in-laws.”

When asked whether there is any information on Hada’s current health condition, Haschuluu told SMHRIC that “the authorities keep telling us that Hada is in good health although none of us have seen him recently”.

Almost a month ago, Hada’s mother-in-law Ms. Hanshuulan told SMHRIC that “Hada’s health conditions seemed to be not too terrible, and the food he is given seemed to be okay compared to what was given previously.”

During the interview Hanshuulan also revealed that the Chinese authorities are trying by all possible means to force Hada to admit to his past “wrongdoing” and “crime” and sign a document promising not to carry out similar activities in the future if he is released. Despite the authorities’ continuing intimidation efforts, Hada has consistently rejected the authorities’ demands to sign any such document.

“You know how determined Hada is,” Hanshuulan said earlier, “Hada has never accepted and will never accept any such condition, because what Hada did was nothing but merely express his thoughts.”

“At this moment, no one knows where they are or their situation, because all communications are severed and no one is allowed to see them,” Haschuluu said in response to a question by SMHRIC whether it is possible that Xinna and Uiles are being confined to their residence and communications with the outside cut off or they might have been taken into detention again.

from: SMHRIC website

Hada’s Mental Health Slipping

Friday, February 1st, 2013


The Inner Mongolian dissident’s psychological state is deteriorating under house arrest.

Hada (l) shares a meal with son Uiles (c) and wife Xinna (r) in this photo dated Dec. 10, 2010.

The mental health of Inner Mongolian dissident Hada, who is being held under de facto house arrest after 15 years in jail, is deteriorating and he has been denied medical treatment, according to rights groups and relatives.

Hada, in his mid-50s, is severely withdrawn and has psychological problems while under extrajudicial detention since his release from prison in December 2010, his son Uiles told the New York-based Human Rights in China (HRIC).

Now one of China’s longest-held dissidents, Hada was imprisoned on charges of “separatism” and “espionage.”

“Being locked up for 17 years has ravaged his body and mind,” Uiles told HRIC based on one of his mother Xinna’s latest visits to Hada, who is being held at the Jinye Ecological Park near the international airport in the regional capital, Hohhot.

“My mother said that he has become really paranoid and has mental problems,” Uiles said in a Jan. 5 statement translated by HRIC.

He said that when he visited his father recently, Hada did not speak to him. “I tried to soothe him, but he scolded me.”

Warned not to speak out

Chinese authorities have pressured his family and relatives not to speak to human rights groups or international media outlets about his condition.

The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC), a U.S.-based group which monitors the family’s situation, has been unable to reach Xinna or Uiles since Xinna was allowed a rare, week-long visit with her husband earlier this month.

But the two had told SHMRIC last month that Hada’s mental state was crumbling, SMHRIC director Enhebatu Togochog said.

“When we last talked to Xinna and Uiles a month ago they mentioned his deteriorating health and mental status,” he said.

Xinna said that Hada didn’t want to move out of bed, and was sluggish and inactive, Togochog said.

“Since he has been in jail for almost 18 years, I think it’s understandable or would make sense that his mental status would deteriorate,” Togochog said.

In October, Xinna told RFA in an interview that Hada was suffering from paranoia.

“He is closed in on himself, and suffering from paranoia…. He says someone is trying to poison him, but I am guessing it is because of all the pressure he is under.”

‘No legal basis’

Relatives said Hada had also suffered a host of health problems while in detention, such as stomach ulcer, coronary heart disease, and rheumarthritis.

Hada was arrested in 1995 for his activism advocating for greater autonomy for China’s 6 million ethnic Mongolians.

His sentence also contained an additional four years’ “deprivation of political rights,” which, under China’s Criminal Law, includes restrictions on voting, as well as freedom of speech and association.

Authorities say they are keeping him under house arrest because he and his family will not “cooperate” and stop speaking out his case, but the extrajudicial detention has “no legal basis,” Togochog said.

“We continue to urge the Chinese government to free him immediately and give freedom to his family members immediately and unconditionally,” Togochog said.

Phone Interview with Ms. Hanshuulan, Hada’s Mother-in-Law (2013-01-22)

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Jan 23, 2012
New York

Brief reunion in December 2010 at an undisclosed place in Hohhot (from left: Xinna, Hanshuulan, Hada and Naraa)

The following is a phone interview with Ms Hanshuulan, 86-years old, mother of Hada’s wife Xinna, by SMHRIC. Until just recently, Ms. Hanshuulan had been prohibited by the Chinese authorities from talking to any foreign news media and human rights organizations in an effort to prevent the flow of any information about Hada and his family members to the outside. The Chinese Public Security authorities told Ms. Hanshuulan that Hada is still being imprisoned because Hanshuulan and Hada’s other family members have not severed their connection with “foreign hostile forces”.

SMHRIC: How are you?

Hanshuulan: I am fine, and you?

SMHRIC: We are members of SMHRIC, calling from the United States. How is the situation there?

Hanshuulan: My son was allowed to see Xinna a few days ago. Xinna’s son Uiles is still not allowed to work. The authorities fear any contact he might have with others if he is allowed to work. Hada’s health condition is not as terrible as before.

SMHRIC: Was Xinna allowed to visit Hada once recently?

Hanshuulan: Yes, she was. She was allowed to stay with him there for about a week and returned home on January 8, 2013.

SMHRIC: But, we tried to reach both Xinna and Uiles over the phone many times recently. Neither is answering the phone.

Hanshuulan: Yes, I know. Even my phone was disconnected every time after I answered overseas phone calls. For example, they (the Chinese authorities) cut off my phone line for days after I talked with you several times in the past.

SMHRIC: How does Hada’s health condition appear now?

Hanshuulan: Hada’s health condition seems not to be too terrible now. The food he is given seems to be okay compared to what he was given previously, which was even worse than pig food. Now, at least he is given some vegetables. A new development is that he is provided with some alcoholic drinks.

: It is interesting, but it might be harmful for his already-weakened health if the amount is not properly controlled.

Hanshuulan: Yes, I understand. We really thank you all for the care and love you showed to him and us throughout these difficult years.

SMHRIC: Is there any sign or word on Hada’s release from the authorities?

Hanshuulan: No, no. Never. To them, this is a taboo. It can never be discussed openly. My second son was recently summoned to meet with the Autonomous Region leaders who complained to him that myself, Xinna and other members of Hada’s family and relatives are still answering overseas phone calls and not stopping to reveal the situation of Hada and his family to overseas organizations and individuals. Their intention is very clear: not a single piece of information on Southern Mongolia, not a single piece of information on how they are treating Hada, Xinna and their family and relatives should be heard by the international community. This is their policy toward Southern Mongolia. If we do not obey this, Hada will not be released. This is nonsense, outrageous and illegal. The law is simply ignored here. Otherwise, Hada should have already been released after serving his 15 year prison term two years ago. If the law is implemented faithfully, how can he continue to be imprisoned without any legal basis? Rights including the right to communicate with others abroad are guaranteed in the law. The problem is, the law is simply not followed. My second son who lives in Beijing was recently visited twice by the officials from the Autonomous Region. What they do is to pressure him. They told him that they are really concerned about Hada and his family members’ well-being, and trying hard to help them out. But what is preventing them from helping the family are the acts of family members who communicate with foreigners and reveal the situation in Southern Mongolia to the world.

SMHRIC: So, does it mean that Hada is still refusing to cooperate with the authorities and refusing to sign any paper admitting to any wrongdoing or crime?

Hanshuulan: Yes, he is still rejecting any cooperation with the authorities. You know how determined Hada is. What the authorities are trying to do is to have him verbally admit to the “wrongdoing” and sign a paper for confirmation. Hada has never accepted and will never, because what Hada did was nothing but merely express his thoughts. Who doesn’t have any thoughts? Every human being has thoughts no matter who he is, whether a Mongolian or a Chinese. Do you think the Chinese don’t have any thoughts? Do you think the Government does not have any thoughts?

SMHIRC: Is there any improvement in Southern Mongolia after the recent leadership changes in the government?

Hanshuulan: The heartless man named Hu Chunhua has gone. He himself was a mastermind of orchestrating ethnic conflicts by the Chinese against the Mongolians.

SMHRIC: The new leader is Wang Jun, right? Is he any better than Hu Chunhua?

Hanshuulan: No guarantee. Since he is new, we still can’t tell what type of tactics he will employ. No matter who comes, there can’t be any happy and easy life for us Mongolians in Southern Mongolia. The difference in policies and treatment toward the Chinese and the Mongolians is huge, unbearably huge. Who is causing the conflicts between the Mongolians and the Chinese is not us but them. If there is any conflict between the Mongolians and the Chinese, the authorities should address it to calm the people. But instead what they do is to provoke further conflicts. ……(Hanshuulan’s serious coughing)

: Are you okay? We’ll wrap up the interview now.

Hanshuulan: Thank you very much. We are really grateful to you all for your continuing support to us.