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2008
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June 8, 200801:552.1Xinna (Hada's wife) Statement on the further erosion of the nomadic lifestyle in Southern Mongolia
Xinna spoke today of the further erosion of the nomadic lifestyle in Southern Mongolia. She reported that Ulaan Chab banner's nomads have been given an end of June deadline to sell their animals and move out to make way for a mining operation. Nomads are being paid 4 Yuans for 1 mou (0.7 hectare) of land. No provisions being offered for relocation or social services to the affected nomads. Ulaan chab aimag had been converted from an IMAR aimag (banner) to a Chinese 'city' administrative unit many years ago, and the decision to remove the nomads is yet another indication of Chinese economic decisions which completely ignore Mongol cultural and economic interests. Reference to a Mr. Zorigt, Khangai gacaa resident to provide greater details. The continuing decline of the economic status of the average Mongol in the IMAR is also seen in the sales decline in Xinna's shop, signs of a dwindling Mongol clientele. No news since Tsagaan (the Mongolian new year) about Hada.
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Date
July 27, 2008
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03:30
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4.0
Uiles (Hada's son) Statement about his recent visit with his father
Uiles talked about his recent visit with his father on July 14. Prior to obtaining permission to visit his father, Uiles was told by the authorities of new regulations concerning prisoner visits, that any cell phone or camera would not be permitted, and that he should leave such items at the hotel prior to arriving at the prison. When he arrived at the prison, he was throughly searched before being permitted to enter the visitors' area. The unusual thoroughness of the search was probably related to the heightened security associated with the upcoming Olympics. Uiles found evidence later that his hotel room had been searched while he was visiting his father. Uiles was only allowed a single visit with his father for a duration of only 40 minutes. Although Uiles requested a second meeting, he was told that it would depend on his father's mental condition, but was later denied a second visit. Regarding Hada's health, Uiles was told that Hada's legs and feet were in a great deal of pain and he was having a great deal of difficulty walking. Despite the great deal of pain, Hada is compelled to walk to the prison mess hall if he wants to eat. Hada has sent an appeal to the prison authorities protesting his conditions and treatment. Uiles mentions that Hada was given a medical exam on June 12, to which he was taken in handcuffs and as part of the overall physical examination, given a neurological exam. The results of the medical tests and examination were not provided to Hada or family.
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Date
Aug. 2, 2008
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03:52
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4.4
Haschuluu (Hada's uncle) Statement about his recent visit with Hada
I was allowed to visit him recently. His health situation is getting worse. Food quality is very poor. He was taken to a hospital to take medical examination. The medical examination result was not given to anybody. No clear explanation about the result was given to Hada himself either. Now he is worried that he will be killed by the prison authorities. This fear is indeed reasonable and there is some posibility that he will be mal-treated to death. For example, the prison authorities can say that Hada died under heart-attack etc. That is possible. Hada himself doesn't agree that he has this kind of serious physical failure.
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Date
Aug. 17, 2008
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12:42
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14.5
Summary of Xinna's statement on the jailing of her husband
In 1996, my husband Hada was sentenced to 15 years in jail for "separating the country and engaging in espionage". Currently his situation in prison is getting worse. My son visited him in July. According to the prison authorities, Hada was given a medical examination, but the results of the examination were neither told to me and my son nor made known to Hada himself. Hada suspects it is neuritis because he feels severe leg pain. Despite his poor health, he has been ill-treated by the prison authorities. Even knowing that Hada is suffering from severe leg pain, the prison guards still force him to walk a long distance to take his meals. I ordered some newspapers for him, but none of them have been delivered to him. When my son asked about this, the prison authorities refused to explain the reasons for this. my son was thoroughly searched by the prison guards before being allowed to enter for his visit with Hada. He was not permitted to bring him any food or medicines. I do not understand why the Chinese authorities treat him like this. I hope the international community will pay attention to his case. In my view, the charges against my husband are groundless. As a Mongol, why is he not allowed to express his concerns about the future of his own people? Why is this legitimate concern taken as "separatism" and why is he subjected to such harsh punishment for expressing the views of many Mongols? When it comes to ethnic problems, the authorities are inconsistent. For example, Hu Jia was sentenced to 3 years in jail whereas my husband was sentenced to 15 years in jail. I have been writing appeals to the Chinese authorities so many times to urge the government to improve his prison condition. Unfortunately, I have not received any response. Hada's appeal letter was not allowed to be brought out from the prison even though the prison authorities admitted that Hada attempted to appeal his case and the inhumane treatment in the prison. The harsh punishment and inhumane treatment of my husband is part of the continuing pattern of the authorities' crackdown on ethnic Mongols. During the 1980s student movements, there was a general crackdown against civil society; during the 1990s my husband and others were arrested and sent to jail; recently some activists including a free-lance journalist and even some businessmen were arrested in connection with "separatism"; Mongolian herders are forced to give way to Chinese businesses who open up mines in the grasslands. It is evident that the grasslands will totally disappear in a few years as mining and land exploitation continue at a rapid pace. I fear for the future of our people.
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Date
Aug. 24, 2008
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02:26
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2.7
Xinna (Hada's wife) Statement on the Beijing Olympics
The Beijing Olympics is not a game for citizens, it is a political game through which China tries to glorify its regime. During the Olympics, citizens of China have been victimized the most. For example, citizen's daily activities and normal businesses have been disrupted in order to give way to the Olympics; communications between Beijing and elsewhere have been tightly controlled and strictly restricted; sending merchandise to Beijing was prohibited. I tried to send some T-shirt to my clients in Beijing, it was not allowed; reportedly, computer stores and internet cafes in Zhong Guan Cun District of Beijing was forced to shutdown their business for two days due to the "security concern" of the Olympics. This time, China got many gold medals. But this doesn't reflect anything. The government continues to shutdown many sport facilities in Huhhot because everything is tied to the economic profit. The Government is not in the position of considering the citizens' health situation or social benefit. For example, there were several swimming pools open to the public in Huhhot until last year. But they were shutdown because they failed to make profits for the government. So, what the use of winning so many gold medals? It means that the gold metals are just for name or face of the Government.
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Date
Aug. 31, 2008
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03:15
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3.7
Xinna (Hada's wife) Statement on Mongolian students
I would like to talk about why the Mongolian students go abroad. In recent years, Mongolian students, especially those who educated in Mongolian language, have been going abroad, in particular to Japan. The main reason for this is that Mongolian students graduated from any college have very little opportunity to get a decent job in this Chinese society. Plus, their economically disadvantaged family background made them extremely helpless before the highly corrupt Chinese society where without money and without bribe nothing can be done. For example, to find a teacher's position in some medical colleges or health instituations that are considered highly profitable places where one can easily earn the bribe amount through bribery, one has to pay at least 50,000 yuan to persons who are in charge of offering the position. Mongolian students from rural areas have no means to get this huge bribe money to compete for the position. So, the only way left for them is to leave this Chinese society. That is to go abroad.
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Date
Sep. 28, 2008
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02:37
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2.9
Xinna (Hada's wife) Statement on China's Space Shuttle project
China's Space Shuttle project
A substantial effort is being made on the Chinese space shuttle program. A tremendous amount of resources is being expended in promoting the project. The national news media are promoting national pride in these achievements with a great deal of propaganda touting this as a great accomplishment, placing China now in the ranks of the most technologically advanced countries, being the 3rd such nation to have attained such a great technological achievement. Such a great expenditure is being made despite the fact that the economy is not as stable as it should be, so in thinking about this, it seems to me that there is some unusual motive also in all this, an ominous view of perhaps dominating the world on some level in the degree of national self-aggrandizement that's being expressed in the propaganda. This is very much an unhealthy national attitude in China today when ordinary citizens are deprived of so much in order to fund this program.
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Date
Nov. 6, 2008
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08:32
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9.7
Xinna (Hada's wife) Statement on her visit with her husband.
November 6, 2008 Statement
I visited my husband at the prison on Oct 27. I was finally able to see him after waiting in a long line. Thanks to the pressure exerted by the outside world, his situation has improved slightly. He is allowed to occasionally read some newspapers including Inner Mongolia Daily (Nei Meng Gu Ri Bao), Southern Weekend (Nan Fang Zhou Mo) and Reference News (Can Kao Xiao Xi) that I ordered for him. Previously Hada was never allowed to read any newspaper. Hada said he still feels strong abdominal pain. The prison authorities said Hada has cholecystitis and neuritis. But they refused to provide Hada and us with any written medical exam results. Food, clothing, medicine, books and writing materials were not allowed to be brought in. Hada lives with nine other inmates, and two of them follow and monitor Hada 24/7. Even when I was talking to Hada the two inmates were standing right behind Hada and listening to our whole conversation. At the same time, the prison authorities video-taped me and recorded our entire conversation. I understood that Hada has been followed and monitored in the prison since a few years ago, a consequence of when a former inmate of the prison revealed the inhumane treatment of Hada and extreme conditions of this prison to the outside world after his release. It looks like the authorities took these measures to prevent Hada from communicating with other inmates who might possibly reveal Hada's situation after their release.
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Date
Nov. 15, 2008
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11:01
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12.5
Xinna (Hada's wife) Statement on BBC Report on Southern Mongolia
November 15, 2008 Statement on BBC Report on Southern Mongolia
Oct 13, the Global Times (Huan Qiu Shi Bao), one of China's official presses, published an article stating that "the BBC is slandering Inner Mongolia". The report referred to me as "a so-called 'dissident's' wife". Clearly, the reporter of the Global Times is representing the government view, and trying to restrict the right of free speech and free press. In their words, we are just a handful of "so-called dissidents" and the foreign media reports are "slanderers". In their view, the foreign media has no right to report on any problems in China, including big events like the Tian An Men Massacre. The report also mentioned that Inner Mongolia is doing well with double digit economic growth. Actually this growth itself is very problematic. Because it is acheived through sacrificing the interest and well-being of the minorities like the Mongols. For example, the Mongol herders of Shiliin-gol League have to give up their traditional way of life to give way to the mining and other industries who are encouraged to occupy their ancestral grazing lands. There is no freedom of speech for the Mongols. For example, the well-known singer Lhajab was interviewed by the Chinese official TV, but he was not allowed to talk about his personal experience during the Cutural Revolution. The report also claimed that "BBC is willfully trying to link Inner Mongolia with Tibet and Xinjiang". In fact, the problem the Mongols are facing is exactly the same with what Tibetans and Uyghurs are experiencing. There is no need to link them. They are the same issue, the same ethnic issue. What the Chinese authorities are trying to do is to suppress the voices of the Mongols. Actually, their attempts will end up actually proving that there is a real problem and they feel nervous about it.
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Date
Nov. 15, 2008
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12:33
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14.3
Xinna (Hada's wife) Statement on Discrimination
November 15, 2008 Statement on Discrimination
The Olympic games were really politicized in China. Before, during and even after the Olympics, the Mongols' rights has been very restricted. Mongols who traveled to Chinse cities have not been allowed to stay in a quality hotel. Some have been refused rooms in hotels upon showing their ID cards that identify them as Mongols. A Mongolian businessman traveling in Beijing was not allowed to stay in a hotel in downtown Beijing, but told to stay in a cheap motel in suburban Beijing. During his stay, the police called him on his cell phone frequently to ask him his whereabouts and what he was doing; an elderly couple visiting Shanghai were not allowed to stay in a hotel when they showed their ID cards noting their Mongol ethnicity; Mongol knives were confiscated from souvenir stores run by Mongols but the very same knives were allowed in stores run by Chinese; Mongols are not allowed to carry milk powder which resembles powder bomb, and wines and other drinks that are suspected as liquid bombs; Mongol students' application to volunteer in Beijing for the Olympics were turned down due to their ethnicity. This is nothing but discrimination against the Mongols. Mongol students educated in Mongolian were clearly discriminated against for employment. For example, a Chinese company publicly put up a job ad at the campus of the Inner Mongolia Normal University which has the highest percentage of Mongol students, stating that "applications of students educated in Mongolian will not be considered"; another example is that even the Museum of Inner Mongolia, a place to showcase Chinese ethnic policy to foreigners using the Mongolian language, also clearly stated that students who are fluent in English and Chinese are considered but students who have been educated in Mongolian are not considered even though they are fluent in English. In Inner Mongolia, all these things are not new at all. But this ethnic discrimination and racism had not become public knowledge until just recently.
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