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

Author: Yes to Life, No to Mining, Published on: 6 April 2016

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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