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Mongolian student killed in Inner Mongolia for singing Mongolian songs



Southern Mongolian Human

Rights Information Center

March 10, 2004

New York City

In the evening December 12, 2003, Chen Shan, a Mongolian student in the Institution of Physical Education at the National University of Inner Mongolia, went to a local restaurant called “Nanyuan” for dinner to celebrate his birthday. When they started singing Mongolian songs for birthday, a Chinese man who was dining in the next cell burst into their cell and scolded at them. The man said that they were disturbing the social order because they are singing in Mongolian.

When the party was over, Chen Shan went into the man’s cell to apologize. But, he was stabbed by the man on his artery and was dead shortly. One of Chen Shan’s friends, Urgaa, another Mongolian student in the Foreign Language Institute at the same university, was also joining the party. When Urgaa tried to stop the fighting, he was also stabbed on his large intestine and ended up with becoming 10-degree disabled even he was rushed to a hospital for emergency.

The man who stabbed the students was named Wang Qifeng, and was a felon imprisoned twice for serious crimes. He was, however, released easily for having a father as a district attorney in Keerqin district of Tongliao City (former Tongliao City in Jirim Aimag). On December 19, an intern reporter, Ma Lina, reported on the case in a local government newspaper, “Tong Liao Evening News”, and distorted the fact about whole process of the case.

The school authorities not only were reluctant on requesting the local police to investigate the case to bring the criminal to justice, but they even threatened to expel the victim Urgaa (Ch. Wu Ri Ga) from school. It’s very common in Inner Mongolia for Mongolian students to be treated unequally by the authorities. Last fall, a Mongolian girl at the Mongolian Language Institute, was punished by paying a fine of several thousand Yuan, for "causing" a fire when she was recharging her cell phone. In fact, the cause for the fire was the obsolete and low-quality electronic wires, but not the student’s use of the device.

Regarding Chen’s case, the officials said that there is still no final result yet, and declined to reveal when the decision be made. Under the dictatorship of Communists and their heavy handed policies toward ethnic minorities, Mongolians in Inner Mongolia do not even have the right to sing their national songs. Many similar cases indicate that the ethnic Mongols have not only been marginalized from the society but also lost their most basic human rights, and the Chinese law is failed to provide legal protection for them even if their lives are at stake.



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