Mongolia: NGO leader imprisoned for opposing illegal mining; charges allegedly fabricated

 

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6 April 2016

27 Civil society organisations call for release of Mongolian environmental defender Beejin Khastumur

Author: Yes to Life, No to Mining

Civil society organisations from around the world have come together to call for the permanent release of environmental and human rights defender Beejin Khastumur who faces 5-years in prison for an offence there is no evidence he committed. 

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6 April 2016

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6 April 2016

Urgent action: Call for the release of imprisoned Mongolian environmental defender

Author: Yes to Life, No to Mining

Mr Beejin Khastumur, an environmental defender and founder of Mongolian non-profit Delhiin Mongol Nogoon Negdel (DMNN), has been imprisoned by the Mongolian authorities under suspicious circumstances. DMNN, an organisation which advocates for the protection of the environment and the rights of the nomad people of Mongolia, has exposed many violations of Mongolia’s environmental laws by foreign and domestic mining companies, in which certain Mongolian politicians have a stake...Mr Khastumur’s colleagues at DMNN strongly believe that their leader has...been unfairly imprisoned as a result of his work to expose the illegal mining operations of foreign and domestic companies in Mongolia. Beejin has suffered consistent intimidation and threats since staging a sit-in protest in the Mongolian capital Ullan Bataar in January 2016 to oppose an allegedly illegal permit given to a Canadian-Mongolian mining venture on the Onon River.

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5 April 2016

Leader of NGO opposing illegal mining in Mongolia arrested

Author: Yes to Life, No to Mining

Yes to Life, No to Mining have documented how Beejin and other DMNN staff have been subjected to intimidation, death threats and physical violence for their work investigating and protesting illegal mining operations in Mongolia. We denounce the arrest of Beejin and the manner of his detention. We call for his immediate release.

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