I would like to offer my sincerest condolences on behalf of the Uyghur National Movement to the family of Liu Xiaobo for his untimely death this morning. I send my thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies to those who were close with him, and especially his wife, Liu Xia, who demonstrates admirable strength in the face of adversity. A Nobel laureate and courageous advocate for democracy and free speech, Mr. Liu dedicated his life to protect the rights of others.
On November 30, 2013, 17 Mongolian herders from western Southern (Inner) Mongolia’s Urad Middle Banner (“wu la te zhong qi” in Chinese) were expelled from Beijing. They had spent the previous 12 days submitting appeals to Central Government authorities, attempting to solicit support from the Chinese State Council Letter and Visitation Bureau and the Ministry of Agriculture to restrain local government officials and Chinese miners from illegally occupying their grazing lands. Dispatches from the local Urad Middle Banner government and the Public Security authorities carried out the expulsion of the protesting herders from Beijing. The herders are currently confined to their communities and barred from communications with higher government authorities. According to written communications received by the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC), the herders are 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.