Feb 20, 2008
Authorities in Inner Mongolia have seized copies
of a book written by a dissident as part of a campaign to vilify
her, an exiled human rights group said yesterday.
Ethnic Mongolian Huuchinhuu had been denied
official permission to publish Silent Rock, but managed to have
it published anyway, the Southern Mongolian Human Rights
Information Centre said. It said she stored copies of the book -
which she describes as being "personal thoughts and feelings
about themes and subjects unrelated to anything that could be
considered 'politically sensitive'" - at the houses of relatives
and colleagues in Tongliao .
"All books were confiscated without any legal
process," the group said. "The authorities also located more
than a dozen students of the Mongolian Middle School who had
purchased the book.
"They were forced to give up their copies and
told that they would face expulsion if they continued to buy and
read such types of publications."
The group said Huuchinhuu believed she was being
targeted because she was a member of the banned Southern
Mongolian Democratic Alliance.
"Her refusal to co-operate has made her the
target of punitive actions," it said.
Decades of migration by Han Chinese have made
Mongolians a minority in their own land, officially composing
less than 20 per cent of the almost 24 million population.
Beijing, sensitive about ethnic unrest in
strategic border areas like Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet ,
keeps a tight rein on minorities.