Southern Mongolia: Mr Hada on Hunger Strike for Human Rights Day 2015
Mr Hada, the Southern Mongolian political activist who has been put under house arrest after completing a 19-year prison sentence, has submitted a statement for Human Rights Day on 10 December 2015, in which he shares that the control exercised over him by the Chinese authorities has recently exacerbated. He has been stripped of his visitation rights and deprived of general communication. Mr Hada’s wife will not be released from prison before 2017. His son Uiles has also been found guilty, but will not be sentenced. Hada and his family jointly held a one-day hunger strike on Human Rights Day to protest the injustices they face.
Below is an article published by Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC):
The following is an English translation of a statement for the Human Rights Day 2015 by Mr. Hada who had served 19 years in prison in Southern Mongolia on charges of "splitting the country and engaging in espionage" (English translation by SMHRIC):
Five Years of Plight and Wretchedness
Tomorrow is International Human Rights Day. Five years ago today, I was supposedly freed. However, I was thrown into a “black jail” and imprisoned there for four years. On December 3 and 5, 2010, my wife, Xinna, and son, Uiles, were also arrested. Later on, I found out that the purpose of arresting them was to force me to abandon my beliefs and cooperate with the authorities.
After a nine-month detention, Uiles was released on bail pending trial. A year later, the authorities claimed again that Uiles was guilty but would not be sentenced. Xinna was sentenced to three years in prison with five years reprieve following her yearlong detention. According to relevant laws and regulations, Xinna's prison term was supposed to expire on December 2, but the authorities claimed that it will not happen before 2017.
Over the past five years, we have undergone unbearable ordeals. All of our rights have either been taken away or restricted. We have been treated like criminals. Your organization and others in the news media have already reported on these in a timely manner. Therefore, allow me to skip the details today. The only thing I would like to point out is that since mid-November, the control from the authorities has been exacerbated. I have been barred from having relatives visit me and deprived of my right to communication.
Regarding either prison or black jail, except for some special cases, no other family has ever been put into this situation. People are saying that 2015 is the year in which Chinese human rights conditions have deteriorated the most. I still think it is possible that the situation will deteriorate further. Therefore, my family has decided to go on a one-day hunger strike tomorrow to express our strong protest.
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