[ Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information
Center, New York, December 23, 2002 ] On December 12, Mr.
Tegexi, former vice president of the Southern Mongolian
Democratic Alliance ( SMDA ), was released from jail in Huhhot
City, the capital of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, after
serving 7 years imprisonment.
Mr. Tegexi, 37 years old, was the vice president
of the Southern Mongolian Democratic Alliance ( SMDA ), a
peaceful organization established in Inner Mongolia by Mr. Hada,
Mr. Tegexi and other Mongolian intellectuals in 1992. The
mission of this organization was to promote and preserve
Mongolian language, history and culture and to peacefully find
peaceful ways to obtain greater autonomous rights for ethnic
Mongols in the region as guaranteed by the Chinese constitution.
In December 1995, the authorities denounced the Southern
Mongolian Democratic Alliance as an illegal organization for
"engaging in separatist activities" and arrested its president
Mr. Hada and vice president Mr. Tegexi along with more than 70
members and demonstrators. In December 1996, Mr. Tegexi was
sentenced to 10 years jail for “conspiring to subvert the
government and separate the country”, and Mr. Hada was sentenced
to 15 years jail for "separating the country and engaging in
espionage". Currently, Mr. Hada is serving his sentence in
eastern Inner Mongolia’s Chifeng City.
According to Ms. Xinna, wife of Mr. Hada,
although released 3 years before the completion of his 10 years
imprisonment, yet Mr. Tegexi is currently being held
incommunicado in Huhhot City. No friends or relatives are being
allowed to visit him. No further information is available about
his current living situation and health condition.
On behalf of Mr. Tegexi, Mr. Hada and their family members, we
urge the Chinese government to 1), give Mr. Tegexi complete
freedom; 2), release Mr. Hada immediately; 3), stop the
continuing harassment of their family members.