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[19 Nov 2015 | Topics: ]

 
Dear Friends:
Union of Mongolian River and Lake Movements (UMMRL) is delighted to share with you good news that Munkhbayar and Tumurbaatar were released on 6th November after the amendments to the Amnesty Law of Mongolia were finally approved. They spent in jail two years out of their original 21,5-year sentences.
Upon release Munkhbayar said to journalists: I still feel that I was falsely charged. I will make a clear statement to the public and media that I was falsely charged. I have a goal that is to lead my country …

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[21 Feb 2015 | Topics: ]

General situation with the “LAW TO  PROHIBIT MINERAL EXPLORATION AND MINING OPERATIONS AT HEADWATERS OF RIVERS, PROTECTED ZONES OF WATER RESERVOIRS AND FORESTED AREAS”
5 years and 6 months have already passed since the adoption of the Law on Prohibiting Mineral Exploration and Extraction Near Water Sources, Water Protection Zones and Forests (Law with Long Name-LLN).
These days new government is planning to again work on changes to this law and doing everything to amend or revoke it. United Movement of Mongolian Rivers and Lakes has been working hard locally to …

Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Solidarity, Uldz River »

[28 Apr 2014 | Topics: ]

 
Goldman Environmental Prize winner Munkhbayar, who in January 2014 was sentenced to almost 22 years in jail, as well as four of his friends from the Gal Undesten Movement, won significant reductions in their sentences in the City Court of Ulan Baatar.  They were protecting the law prohibiting mining in sensitive areas from being abolished. See THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LAW WITH LONG NAME. Goldman Environmental Prize winner of 2014 Suren Gazaryan believes  that  the Munkhbayar’s case demonstrates wider tendency of  increased persecution of environmental activists.

Picture from January …

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[29 Jan 2014 | ]

Rivers without Boundaries finally obtained proper English translation of the CRIMINAL CODE OF MONGOLIA .
According to this UN-approved copy the articles, according to which Munkhbayar and each of his his friends were sentenced on January 21 to 21 year in prison, have the following titles:
Article 81. Act of terrorism
Article 177. Banditry-“zandalchlah” (see legal definition of this “zandalchlah”after the article)

Article 185. Illegal acquisition, preparation, keeping, carriage, distribution and
manufacture of firearms, ammunition and explosives.
However, they were fully cleared from accusations based on Article 149. Extortion …

Argun River, Featured, Mongolian Great Lakes, Onon River, Selenga River, Solidarity, Uldz River »

[28 Jan 2014 | Topics: ]

Michelle Tolson published today a brilliant text on gross injustice done to famous Mongolian environmentalist Munkhbayar and his fellows. “Authoritarian” government of the region after clashes with environmental activists either release them as it was done with “pirates” from Greenpeace in Russia or give them 1-2 year suspended jail term as it happened with Mongolian herders in China. New democracy of Mongolia sentenced its environmental hero to 21.5 years in prison…..

Photo: He is not a terrorist!
One week ago, the courts of Mongolia sentenced environmental …