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[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 …

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[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 …

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[21 Jan 2014 | Topics: ]

On January 21, in the outskirts of Ulaan Baatar in detention center #461the famous Mongolian environmerntal activist, leader of Union of the Mongolian Rivers and Lakes Ts.Munkhbayar and his four friends from “Fire Nation” Movement were sentenced to 21 years in prison each, cumulatively more than one century of imprisonment. They are charged with “terrorism” for an armed protest in front of the Parliament building on September 16 2013. The protest focused on preventing weakening amendments to the Law “To prohibit mineral exploration and mining operations at …

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[9 Nov 2013 | Topics: ]

 

Mongolian Mining Journal published a very informative description of changes proposed to the “Law with long name” with a promising title “End of confusion over “long-titled” law in sight”
We publish a shortened version with RwB comments. Aslo see THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LAW WITH LONG NAME

SEPTEMBER 16 PROTEST AGAINST LAW AMENDMENTS 
 
The Government’s main concern is how to meet the claims of companies who say their interests have been unfairly violated. That is why the Government wants to pass the Regulatory Law, which seeks to draw a line …