May 11th Statement —World Day in Support of South Mongolia

May 11th Statement

World Day in Support of South Mongolia

May 11th marks the 10th anniversary of the day when Mergen, an Uzhumuchin herdsman, died from protecting his pasture. South Mongolia has been under Chinese colonial rule for 74 years. In the first half of the 20th century, the South Mongolians fought bravely for the independent sovereignty, but they fell into the colonial rule of the Kuomintang of Republic of China and then the Communist Party of China successively due to the complicated international situation. During the 74 years under the rule of the Communist Party of China, the South Mongolians underwent political movements such as the Agrarian Revolution, the People’s Commune Movement, the Anti-right Movement, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. More than 300,000 Mongolians lost their lives and more than 1 million Mongolians were wrongly imprisoned and tortured. After the reform and opening up, the Communist Party of China carried out new colonial rule and occupied the land of the South Mongolians, which made it difficult for them to survive. Moreover, bilingual teaching reform has been forcibly implemented in primary and secondary schools in Southern Mongolia since September 2020.

Since 74 years ago, the Communist Party of China has never stopped its genocide and colonial rule over the South Mongolians. During the Cultural Revolution, the South Mongolians were slaughtered, and today, they begin to implement cultural extinction. The Communist Party of China not only massacred the elites of South Mongolia, plundered natural resources and destroyed the ecological environment, but also tried to exterminate the only mother tongue of South Mongolians. This is a naked act of cultural extinction.

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China is supposed to abide by international rules and treaties. However, China has blatantly violated international rules and the clause of equality for all ethnic groups stipulated in its own constitution.

South Mongolia Congress adheres to the universal values of freedom, human rights, democracy as well as the right to national self-determination, and resolutely opposes the Chinese government’s trampling on national culture and undermining national identity. South Mongolians have to think about the implications of May 11th. Do we want to be assimilated or fight for freedom? Ten years ago, Mergen woke up the majority of South Mongolians with his life and we must remember it for the rest of our lives. Therefore, South Mongolia Congress calls for May 11th to be the World Day in Support of South Mongolia.

As May 11th is approaching, the Chinese government is required to:

-Immediately stop the cultural genocide policy against South Mongolia, respect cultural diversity, and resume Mongolian language teaching;

-Stop the random migration of Han people to South Mongolia, and protect the human rights of South Mongolians;

-Immediately release the South Mongolians who have been illegally arrested and pay compensation for their spiritual losses because the protection of the mother tongue is a fundamental right stipulated in the Chinese Constitution.

-Immediately release Yangjindulma and other protesters, and cease putting them under house arrest.

-Immediately stop their colonial policies in South Mongolia.

We call on the international community to:

-Put pressure on China to immediately stop its cultural genocide policy against South Mongolia;

-Announce their refusal to participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games or cancel China’s qualification to host it if the Chinese government does not accept it;

-Or impose economic sanctions on China.

         South Mongolia Congress       May 5, 2021