[ Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information
Center, New York,
30, 2002 ] Herders of Alashan League, Inner Mongolia, were
seriously beaten and robbed, and kicked out of their
legally-owned and ancestrally-habited pasture land by Chinese
farmers from Zhangye district of the neighboring Chinese
province of Gansu. In an open letter to the world Mongolian
community, herders of Altantsog Sum, Alashan Right Banner of
Inner Mongolia, described the incident and called for support.
According to the open letter as well as other sources, from July
1st to 22nd, Mongolian herders who inhabited the area near the
Alag Uul and Altan Tevshi mountain of Altantsog Sum, Alashan
Right Banner, Inner Mongolia, were attacked several times by a
group of Chinese peasants from Zhanya district of Gansu
Province, who aimed to occupy the herders' pasture land to use
for cultivation. At least 40 Mongol herders were beaten, and
many of them had legs and arms broken. The herders suffered a
loss of tens of thousand of yuan through property loss and cost
of medical treatment.
According to information gathered by our center,
although the herders requested the help of local Chinese
government, and also asked for a just resolution, local Chinese
authorities, both in Alashan League and Zhangye District, had
turned a blind eye to the incidents. So far the herders' losses
have not been reimbursed, nor have the people responsible
received any form of punishment or condemnation.
Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC) is
concerned about this incident. We ask the Chinese authorities in
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR) and Gansu Province to
take timely actions to bring the criminals to justice, and make
restitution to their victims.
should be pointed out that this is not an isolated incident. In
the past, Chinese settlers in Inner Mongolia as well as Chinese
peasants from the neighboring Chinese provinces have harassed
and abused Mongolian herders for the purpose of occupying their
pasture lands. We have been witnessing with disappointment that
most of the time the government has been either ignoring these
incidents as well as the Mongolians' protest, or resolving
disputes in favor of the Chinese.
continuing situation is forcing the ethnic Mongolians to
increasingly lose their pasture land as well as to give up their
traditional way of life. In addition to this, cultivation of the
pasture land by Chinese peasants is one of the main factors in
the worsening ecological situation in Inner Mongolia.
Therefore we also ask that the international
community be concerned with the treatment that ethnic Mongolians
are receiving in Inner Mongolia and with the ecological problems
there. The problem of ethnic assimilation in Inner Mongolia is
the worst among all the minority regions in the PRC.