China: Inner Mongolia herders’ leader detained for “chatting too much on WeChat”, after protesting against destruction of grazing land by Chinese miners

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27 November 2015

内蒙牧民维权代表被拘留 一牧民六千亩草场被强占

Author: 乔龙, 自由亚洲电台

内蒙古乌拉特中旗牧民维权代表敖登格日勒,11月25日被当地公安从海流图镇的家中带走,公安稍后对其家人称,敖登格日勒与人“微信聊得太多”,被处以行 政拘留10天。此前,这位牧民维权的组织者,曾多次因要求当局归还被占领的牧场而被传唤。此外,巴音乌兰苏木牧民财兴嘎也向本台投诉近六千亩草场被占…

乌拉特中旗牧民因草场被强征,曾举行多次维权行动。2013年,敖登格日勒组织17位当地牧民到北京上访,呼吁中央政府有关部门,敦促国家信访局和农业部约束地方政府官员和矿工,归还非法占用的牧场。但当局始终没有解决…

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26 November 2015

Southern Mongolia: Herders’ leader detained for chatting on social network

Author: Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center

On 25 November 2015, Ms Odongerel, a herder known for organising protests against the Chinese authorities’ illegal appropriation of grazing lands in Urad Middle Banner, was arrested for activities over the social network ‘WeChat’ [owned by Tencent].  Put under a 10-day detention, the local Public Security Bureau informed Ms Odongerel‘s mother that her daughter had “chatted too much…Known for her leadership in local protests, Ms Odongerel had already been arrested and jailed in multiple occasions and has even served a sentence in a “re-education through labour” camp…

According to written communications received by the SMHRIC [Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center], since 2006, the herders have been protesting:
1. Illegal land expropriation and land sale by local government officials to the Chinese;
2. Destruction of the herders’ grazing land by Chinese miners and military bases;
3. The government’s failure to provide adequate redress and compensation to the affected herders…


On 25 November 2015, Ms Odongerel, a herder known for organising protests against the Chinese authorities’ illegal appropriation of grazing lands in Urad Middle Banner, was arrested for activities over the social network ‘WeChat’.  Put under a 10-day detention, the local Public Security Bureau informed Ms Odongerel‘s mother that her daughter had “chatted too much…Known for her leadership in local protests, Ms Odongerel had already been arrested and jailed in multiple occasions and has even served a sentence in a “re-education through labour” camp…

According to written communications received by the SMHRIC [Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center], since 2006, the herders have been protesting:
1. Illegal land expropriation and land sale by local government officials to the Chinese;
2. Destruction of the herders’ grazing land by Chinese miners and military bases;
3. The government’s failure to provide adequate redress and compensation to the affected herders…

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