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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.

"Way Out of Southern Mongolia" by Hada

           ...  Let me make it clear that the term “Southern Mongolia” appearing in this article refers to the Mongolian people who reside within the border of the People’s Republic of China. Considering that overseas Mongolians have reached an agreement to use “Uvur Mongol” or “Uvur Mongolchuud,” I have recently used “Uvur Mongol” in my articles. However, I will continue to use both “Uvur Mongol” and “Umnuut Mongol” interchangeably because 20 years ago I used “Umnuut Mongol” in my first manuscript of “Way Out of Southern Mongolia.” In this article, I attempt to touch upon the way out for all Mongolians across the world. In this sense, this article should really be the “Way Out for Mongolians.” Yet I kept the original title because this article still places the utmost emphasis on the future of Southern Mongolians. According to historical sources, notices of the First Session of the Executive Committee Enlarged Meeting of the Southern Mongolian Autonomous Movement Joint Conference and the People’s Congress in Ulaanhot, capital of Hingaan League, from February 16 to 20, 1947, and relevant documents   ....

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500 police crack down on 300 herders protesting refinery

           ...  More than 300 Mongolian herders from Ar-Hundelen Som of eastern Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Zaruud Banner (“za lu te qi” in Chinese) staged a protest yesterday in front of the Huuliin-gol Alumina Refinery against the refinery’s pollution of the herders’ grazing land and serious threats to the health of both herders and livestock. As the herders approached the refinery holding a banner reading “Pollution of Huuliin-gol Alumina Refinery cut off our life line!” more than 500 riot police rounded them up and blocked them from proceeding. Nearly twenty herders were beaten up and thrown into a police bus before the rest of the protestors managed to rescue them from arrest and possible detention. “We herders from all Gachaas of Ar-Hundelen Som gathered in front of the Alumina Refinery today around 10 AM here,” a protestor named Altanbagan told the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) over the phone. “We urged the local government and the refinery to shut down three major alumina plants that are dumping toxic wastes into our land, water, and air and poisoning us herders and   ....

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Crackdown escalates, more herders arrested for "inciting illegal gatherings via the Internet"

           ...  Following the recent arrest and detention of six Mongolian herders from western Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Right Uzumchin Banner, since March 21, 2016, at least six more Mongolian herders from multiple areas have been arrested and detained for “instigating illegal gatherings via the Internet”. On March 21, three Mongolian herders, including Mr.Burdee and Mr.Achilalt from Left Uzumchin Banner and Mr.Enkhbat from Right Uzumchin Banner, were arrested by the local Public Security Bureau for “instigating illegal gatherings via the Internet”. On March 23, the three were placed under a 10-day administrative detention order on the same charge. According to the detention notice given to family members, Enkhbat was detained by the Right Uzumchin Banner Public Security Bureau for “inciting and plotting illegal gathering, protest and demonstration”. On March 22, Left Uzumchin Banner Propaganda Platform, an official mouthpiece of the local government, posted a message on its website, stating that “a certain netizen called A (referring to the herder Achilalt) and another netizen called Bu (referring to Burdee)”  ...

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Herders blocked mines, six arrested and detained

           ...  On March 19, 2016, around 9:00 AM local time, six Mongolian herders, including Ganbaatar, Otgonbaatar, Munkhbaatar, Erdenbaatar, Tuvshin, and Amarmend from Sain-Undur Gachaa, Bayanhuaa Township of western Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Right Uzumchin Banner (“xi wu zhu mu qin qi” in Chinese), were taken away by the local Public Security Bureau. Later on the same day, family members were notified by the Public Security Bureau that the six herders were placed under a 10-day administrative detention order for “disturbing business order”. According to information the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) received from family members and friends of the six detainees, from March 6 to 8, nearly a hundred Mongolian herders from Sain-Undur Gachaa gathered near Bayanhua Industrial Zone and blocked several coal and copper-zinc mines from continuing to operate on the herders’ grazing land and pollute the environment. On its official site, the Government of Right Uzumchin Banner states that “taking advantages of coal, metal and non-metal natural resources, Bayanhuaa Industrial    ....

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