Inner Mongolia: Bitter Anniversary
While the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated
Below is an article published by Reuters:
The 60 years since
Inner Mongolia -- called Southern Mongolia by some dissidents -- was China's first autonomous region at a provincial level and is supposed to enjoy a high level of self government, much like Tibet and Xinjiang [East Turkestan] in the far west.
"For the Mongols, it is 60 years of human tragedy, environmental destruction, social crisis and psychological trauma," said Enghebatu Togochog, president of the New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre.
"The Chinese came in and got everything while the Mongols lost everything including their basic human rights, fundamental freedom, culture, tradition, lifestyle, and the natural habitat where they maintained their distinct way of life for thousands of years," he said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
"This celebration is not only a justification of
Decades of migration by the dominant Han have made Chinese Mongolians a minority in their own land, officially comprising less than 20 percent of the almost 24 million population of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region.
The government says it protects and promotes the rights and culture of the Mongolians. But
Less is known about human rights issues in Inner Mongolia, as the Mongolians do not have well-known overseas advocates like