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To gather and distribute information concerning Southern (Inner) Mongolian human rights situation and general human rights issues;

To promote and protect ethnic Mongolians’ all kind of rights such as basic human rights, indigenous rights, minority rights, civil rights, and political rights in Southern Mongolia;

To encourage human rights and democracy grassroots movements in Southern Mongolia;

To promote human rights and democracy education in Southern Mongolia;

To improve the international community’s understanding of deteriorating human rights situations, worsening ethnic, cultural and environmental problems in Southern Mongolia;

Ultimately, to establish a democratic political system in Southern Mongolia.


           ...  As the Chinese Central Government Work Inspection Team arrived in the troubled region of Southern (Inner) Mongolia recently, protests of various forms have taken place in rural Mongolian pastoralist communities across multiple banners (“banner” is an administrative unit equivalent to a county). Since last week alone, at least 10 separate protests have been reported. April 24, 2017: Nearly 200 Mongolian herders from Tsegeen Sum of eastern Southern Mongolia’s Ongniud Banner staged a protest in front of a pig farm that has recently occupied a large piece of grazing land of the local herders. The protestors held a long banner and chanted slogans, demanding the closure of the pig farm and the immediate return of the grazing land. “We are here today to demand our right to clean air, clean water and justice for the herders,” a protestor said in a video clip released on WeChat. April 24, 2017: Herders from Naiman Banner of eastern Southern Mongolia’s Tongliao Municipality gathered in front of the local government building, demanding the return of herders’ grazing land. The herders held a large    ....

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Last Days on the Grassland - The Nomadic People Caught in the Crosshairs of China's Economic Boom

           ...  For thousands of years, herders have grazed their livestock on the vast Southern Mongolian grasslands. As Chinese investment turns this mineral-rich into a cash cow, does the ancient culture have any hope of survival? A few families are willing to fight for it. Shot and produced by a courageous young filmmaker in collaboration the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC), the short film "Last Days on the Grassland" is proudly presented by the Narratively, a New York based digital publication and storytelling studio that prides itself on looking beyond the news headlines clickbait, focusing on ordinary people with extraordinary stories. The documentary film is made available on the Narratively website along with a travel journey by the filmmaker who remains anonymous, testifying to the eradication of Mongolian traditional way of life, worsening human rights conditions and tightening policy surveillance in the Chinese-occupied Southern Mongolia. The following is the filmmaker's full version of travel journal entitled "Behind the Story: Chased by the Law in Southern Mongolia": I went to this   ....

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Herders protest afforestation project, 13 detained

           ...  On April 13, 2017, 13 Mongolian herders from Seegen Gachaa of Uul Township in eastern Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Horchin Left Wing Rear Banner (“ke zuo hou qi” in Chinese) were taken away by police and given a ten-day detention by the local Public Security Bureau for “public disturbance and obstruction of government project.” The Chinese state-run local TV news broadcast confirmed “the Horchin Left Wing Rear Banner Public Security Bureau and the Agricultural and Pastoral Areas General Law Enforcement Bureau had forcibly taken away thirteen local herders from the scene for assembling crowds to disturb public order and obstructing government project for afforestation.” “[The local authorities] prosecuted them in accordance with the law to strike hard on illegal activities of sabotaging our Banner’s ecological afforestation development,” the government mouthpiece added. According to the information received by the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) from local communities, the protest started on April 5, 2017, as the government-sponsored company called "Guo Jie   ...

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3,000 Mongolians take to the streets, 30 arrested, protest continues

           ...  On April 10, 2017, more than 3,000 Mongolians from eastern Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Horchin Right Front Banner took to the streets and staged a protest in front of the local government building. They demanded that the local government make an immediate and full payment to the local Mongolians whose lands were either taken away or laid waste due to various state-run projects. Around noon, tension escalated, and a violent clash broke out between the large crowd and the police in riot gear, reportedly numbering nearly 1,000, when the protestors approached the government building. Many were beaten and dragged away by riot police. At least 30 Mongolians were arrested. Footage that the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) received from the local community shows a woman lying on the ground after being beaten by riot police. “This is how the government is treating us Mongolians,” a protestor said in the footage. “Riot police and even traffic police poured in and carried out beatings. Many were severely injured and taken away by ambulance.” “The police told   ....

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