Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information CenterSouthern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center
HomeAbout UsCampaignsSouthern Mongolian WatchChineseJapaneseNewsLInksContact Us



Southern Mongols Demonstrate in Front of Tokyo's Chinese Embassy

March 4, 2006
Tokyo, Japan


Members of the Inner Mongolian People’s Party who attended the  special meeting in Japan held a protest demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy to Japan in Tokyo on March 2, 2006.

The protestors held high banners reading “Release Hada!”, “Free Southern Mongolia”, “Independence of Southern Mongolia”, “Human Rights for Southern Mongolia”, “Protect Mongolian Culture and Grasslands”, and “Chinggis Khan Mausoleum, Sacred Place of Mongolians” and shouted slogans condemning the Chinese authorities’ colonial regime and oppressive policy in Southern Mongolia. The protestors also distributed the “Tokyo Declaration” to numerous Japanese who showed great sympathy toward what is happening in Southern Mongolia.

“Southern Mongolia is a land of broken promises where so much was promised by the Chinese Government but so little was delivered,” one of the protestors said to the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center over the phone, “the early promises of autonomy have been seen now as just paper promises and Mongols like Hada, leader of the Southern Mongolian Democratic Alliance, who demanded ‘real autonomy’ for the Mongols have been punished harshly with long jail sentences.” The protestors also strongly condemned the Chinese authorities’ policy of privatizing the Chinggis Khan Mausoleum that has long been regarded by Mongols around the world as a sacred place but  two years ago was transferred from nominal Mongol control to a Chinese firm in the name of “boosting local tourism” and “opening up the west”. The commercialization of the Chinggis Khan Mausoleum has been seen as one more act of disrespect to the Mongols and Mongols around the world have strongly criticized the policy including the relatively moderate Southern Mongolian students and scholars in Japan.

Since the establishment of the Inner Mongolian People’s Party in 1997, numerous protest demonstrations in front of Chinese embassies in many countries have been held. However, this is the first time the Party has held a public demonstration against China in Japan, a democratic nation that has long maintained a delicate relationship with her dictator neighbor China.








From Yeke-juu League to Ordos Municipality: settler colonialism and alter/native urbanization in Inner Mongolia

Close to Eden (Urga): France, Soviet Union, directed by Nikita Mikhilkov

Beyond Great WallsBeyond Great Walls: Environment, Identity, and Development on the Chinese Grasslands of Inner Mongolia

The Mongols at China's EdgeThe Mongols at China's Edge: History and the Politics of National Unity

China's Pastoral RegionChina's Pastoral Region: Sheep and Wool, Minority Nationalities, Rangeland Degradation and Sustainable Development

Changing Inner MongoliaChanging Inner Mongolia: Pastoral Mongolian Society and the Chinese State (Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

Grasslands and Grassland Science in Northern ChinaGrasslands and Grassland Science in Northern China: A Report of the Committee on Scholarly Communication With the People's Republic of China

The Ordos Plateau of ChinaThe Ordos Plateau of China: An Endangered Environment (Unu Studies on Critical Environmental Regions)
 ©2002 SMHRIC. All rights reserved. Home | About Us | Campaigns | Southern Mongolian Watch | News | Links | Contact Us