Archive for August, 2014

Herders protest military base, one detained for posting messages online

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Herders protest military base, one detained for posting messages online
August 22, 2014
New York

Mr.Davshilt and Mr.Ganbold from Durbed Banner protesting the Chinese military training base’s occupation and destruction of their grazing land (SMHRIC)

On August 21, 2014, Mongolian herders from western Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Durbed Banner (“si zi wang qi” in Chinese) and Sunid Right Banner (“su ni te you qi”in Chinese) protested the Zureh Military Training Base’s (“zhu ri he” in Chinese) occupation and destruction of their grazing lands.

At least twenty Mongolian herders from Sunid Right Banner were blocked by the local Chinese Public Security Bureau personnel from joining the protest. At least one Mongolian herder named Shuangping was detained yesterday for posting information including the “Grazing Land Lease and Management Certificate” on Chinese social media to rally the Mongolian herders to rise up to fight for their legal rights.

According to written communications the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) received from the affected communities, a total of 708 Mongolian herder households consisting of 2,907 individuals were forcefully relocated from their grazing lands to “immigration villages” near their respective Banner capitals. Very little compensation was given to them by the authorities.

Appropriating more than 1,066 square kilometers grazing lands from these rural Mongolian herders’ communities, the Zureh Military Training Base is China’s largest and most modern military training base directly managed by the Beijing Military Command.

According to the Chinese official press Xinhua News, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is preparing to carry out a five-nation anti-terror military exercise code-named “Peace Mission 2014” between August 24 and 29, 2014 in Zureh Military Training Base. Around 7,000 personnel from all member nations of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) including China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan will carry out the exercise in an effort to quell “regional terrorism”.

“Almost everyday, tanks and fighter jets shake the earth with thunderous noises and blanket the sky with dust and smoke,” Mr. Davshilt, a leader of the local herders from Durbed Banner, told SMHRIC over the phone, “this is not only destroying our beautiful and peaceful grasslands but also seriously disturbing people and livestock alike.”

“Last year a herder who stumbled on an unexploded ordnance was killed by the blast,” Davshilt said during the interview, “livestock that cross their fences are confiscated and the owners given heavy fines.”

In an attempt to halt the military base’s destruction of their grazing lands, local herders organized themselves to carry out protests near the base multiple times and appealed to almost all level of government including the Central Government in Beijing. All appeals have been ignored and protesters were forcefully dispersed and beaten up. In March 2013, led by the Durbed Banner government officials, the local Public Security personnel arrived in the regional capital Hohhot to block the herders from travelling to Beijing, preventing them from making an appeal to the Chinese National People’s Congress. Protestors were physically assaulted by the Public Security personnel before being taken back to their homes.

“Dear displaced fellow herders from Durbed and Sunid Banners’ Zureh area, we must not tolerate this any more. We demand the Beijing Military Command respect our legal rights and pay us adequate compensation. We must continue our protest. It is possible that the State Council itself is involved in appropriating our compensation. We really need to continue our protest and appeal to higher authorities,” Davshilt rallied the herders in a video statement taken yesterday near the Zureh Military Training Base.

“Let us join together to fight for our rights!” Mr.Ganbolod, another leader from the same community said in the video statement holding his clenched fist.

The following is a list of phone numbers of the herders who are willing to speak to news media:
Gansukh: 158-4806-8307
Shuangping: 136-6479-9489
Otgonbayar: 139-4894-8781
Shinsoyol: 150-4896-7802
Ganbold: 130-8857-8187
Davshilt: 182-4740-9120

Hada’s family members harassed by Chinese Internet police

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Hada’s family members harassed by Chinese Internet police

August 18, 2014
New York

Xinna and Uiles, wife and son of prominent Mongolian political prisoner Hada, were harassed by Chinese Internet police for “posting illegal contents” on “overseas Internet sites.

On August 15, 2014 around 10:00 AM Beijing Time, Ms. Xinna and Mr. Uiles, wife and son of the prominent Southern (Inner) Mongolian political prisoner Hada, were harassed by the Chinese Internet police for posting “illegal contents” on “overseas Internet sites”, according to a video clip the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) received from Xinna.

Identifying themselves as “Chinese Internet security police”, at least 8 police personnel divided into two groups knocked down the door to their home and carried out the “warning”. No evidence was shown to support their accusation against Xinna.

“This happened this morning around 10:00 AM,” Xinna told SMHRIC in a Skype message, “before we took the video of those police, some of them harassed us and went back to their cars.”

An identification number of “012986” on his badge, the police head accused Xinna of posting illegal contents and threatened to carry out a “thorough investigation”.

Without opening the door, Uiles asked the police to identify themselves.

“What police are you?” Uiles asked.

“We are the Internet security police,” the police head answered.

“You are a police from China, right?” Uiles asked.

“Yes,” the police head replied.

“Then, how come you police an overseas internet website?” Uiles asked.

The police head was unable to show any evidence of “illegal contents” posted on overseas Internet sites but claimed that the posts have violated “relevant laws and regulations”.

According to Xinna’s statement posted on her Facebook page two days ago, she has received 422 repeated harassing text messages entitled “hu si ni” (“call to death” in English) on her two cell phones on August 12, 2014.

“I still continue to receive these harassing messages to both of my cell phones,” Xinna told SMHRIC, “I have no choice but to turn off my phone or turn them silent.”

Earlier last week, Xinna met the prominent Chinese lawyer Mo Shaoping in Hohhot, capital of Southern Mongolia, and discussed the possibility of having him represent Hada to file a lawsuit against the Chinese authorities for illegally imprisoning and detaining him even after he served the full prison term of 15 years.

On December 10, 1995 Hada was arrested at his home by the Chinese authorities for establishing the “Southern Mongolian Democratic Alliance” (SMDA). Dozens of other members of the SMDA were also arrested and detained. Hada was later sentenced to 15 years in prison. He served his full prison term at the Inner Mongolia Jail No.4 at Chifeng City. During his 15 years of imprisonment, Hada repudiated every demand to declare his guilt. Without any valid legal justification, Hada remains imprisoned by the Chinese authorities at a secret prison in suburban Hohhot.

From December 3 to 5, 2010, the Inner Mongolia Public Security Bureau arrested Hada’s wife and son a week before his scheduled release. They shut down Xinna’s bookstore called the “Mongolian Studies Bookstore” and confiscated a large number of books and souvenirs. No search and seizure warrant was presented at the time. The seized materials have still not been returned. Xinna and Uiles were detained at Hohhot No.1 and No.3 Detention Centers respectively. Accused of “illegal drug possession”, Uiles was detained for about a year before he was placed under “residential surveillance” at his home. After being detained for 16 months, Xinna was sentenced to 3 years in jail with 5 years reprieve on a trumped up charge of “illegal business”.

“I thought they come up with some evidence. But they didn’t show up again,” Xinna wrote in her statement on Facebook, “I guess nothing good will happen next…possibly shutting down the Internet? Carrying out arrests? I don’t care about it any more. Life is no better than in prison to me anyway.”