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Open Letter to President Clinton on the 51st anniversary of Chinese Occupation of Inner Mongolia

1998-05-01 IMPP

The Honorable William J. Clinton

President of the United States

The White House

Washington, DC 20500

May 01, 1998

Dear Mr. President,

We, the Mongols from Inner Mongolia and their supporters, are writing to you on the 51st anniversary of the Chinese occupation of Inner Mongolia.

It is known that you will visit the People’s Republic of China next month. We are writing to you, not to persuade you from stopping your China visit, but, instead to ask you to speak out for the Mongols for the sake of justice and humanity when you do visit Beijing.

As you and many people know, the Chinese government is violating the fundamental human rights. In particular, jailing dissidents and suppressing the religious freedom of the Tibetans are well known examples. Today, we also want to let you know that the government of People’s Republic of China has not only been jailing its own people, but the Mongols and the Uighurs; and the Beijing government has not only been suppressing the rights of Tibetans, but the Mongols and the Uighursas well.

For the past 51 years, hundreds of thousands of Mongol children lost their parents and tens of thousands of Mongol monks (the Mongols share the same religion with the Tibetans) were forced back to secular life when their temples were destroyed. Thousands of Mongols are still in jails across the region just because they dared to have said what they really believed.

For 51 years, the Mongols of Inner Mongolia have endured the brutal regime imposed on them by the Chinese Communist government. They have been waiting, waiting for the justice to come to them, waiting for the international community to open their eyes that have been blind to the atrocities and mistreatment. This half-a-century-long wait has turned out to be half-a-century-long of suffering. When children of America are surfing through cyberspace, the children of the Inner Mongolia are denied of learning their own language in their own land. When the nation of America is building the bridge to the 21 century, the Mongols of Inner Mongolia are fearing that their thousand years of culture and religion will end in the next century. We are waiting, because we believe the justice will always prevail. We are still waiting , because we trust in the international community’s determination to materialize the value of fundamental Human Rights of individuals as well as the political, economic, social and cultural rights of all peoples. But we still don’t know how long we have to wait before all of these rights, which are already the cornerstone of life in the United States, will come true or if all of the Mongols will be wiped out of this planet in despair.

Every time a dissident is released or exiled, we know that the US State Department’s name list of prominent dissidents will change and give new hope to their parents, children, brothers, sisters and friends. But it has been despair after despair for the parents, wife and 7-year old son of Mr. Hada. Mr. Hada, a 42 year old bookstore owner was arrested in 1995 for founding the “Southern Mongolian Democratic Alliance” to promote democracy, and to protect and preserve the endangered cultural and religious heritage of the Inner Mongolians. He was sentenced to 15 years in jail, even longer than that of Mr. Wei Jingsheng and Wang Dan, and the only crime that he was charged was to “separate the country”, a crime designed only for the Mongols, Uighurs and Tibetans.

Mr. President, please imagine the world of 2010. The bridge to the 21st century certainly will be in use. Every school, every library and every family will be connected to the Internet. But to humanity, the justice will be

seriously questioned if Mr. Hada waits to be released from his prison cell until that time. If the international community, lead by the US government, is guided only by special interests and profits with no regard to justice and ethical principles, the whole world still will consist of many blocks isolated from each other by the deep gap of humanity instead of the economic and technological differences at that time. There still will be millions of people that lose their lives from genocide and millions of children still will have to go to jailhouse to see their dissident parents.

Mr. President, the dream of the 21st century and the new millennium is a new world. In this new world, all the peoples will be united together, united under the universal value of the Human Rights and democracy rather than a unique government, a unique language or a unique currency. The Mongols, the Americans and the Chinese will be able to enjoy the same taste of freedom and happiness. For the sake of the dream, for the sake of the humanity, please speak out for the suppressed and the unrepresented, please ask for the release of Mr. Hada when you do business with China.

Thank you very much.

cc:

Vice President of the US Al Gore

Secretary of the State Madeleine Albright

Samuel Berger, National Security Advisor

Harvard Lange, Director of the Chinese Mongolian Affair Office at the State Department

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