Interview with freed environmental defender Beejin Khastumur

Interview with freed environmental defender Beejin Khastumur

In late August we received the news that Mongolia’s Sonignokhairkhan District Court has dropped all charges against environmental defender and YLNM member Beejin Khastumur. This decision marks an end to 6-months of stress and uncertainty for Beejin and his family after he was arrested, imprisoned and then tried for a...

Beejin Khastumur: Environmental defender’s trial saga continues

Beejin Khastumur: Environmental defender’s trial saga continues

On the 10th August, the Yes to Life, No to Mining Network received news that the trial of environmental and human rights defender Beejin Khasutumur has been postponed for a third time. This is the latest episode in a process that has been repeatedly delayed since Beejin was initially called to defend himself...

Take Action: A Fair Trial for Environmental Defender Beejin Khastumur

Take Action: A Fair Trial for Environmental Defender Beejin Khastumur

Published July 5th 2016. Updated July 8th 2016. In March 2016, environmental and human rights defender Mr Beejin Khastumur was arrested and imprisoned under suspicious circumstances following an altercation in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. Now, despite his temporary release on medical grounds, Beejin will stand trial on Thursday 21st July. If found...

Global Civil Society Organisations Call for Release of Mongolian Environmental Defender Beejin Khastumur

Global Civil Society Organisations Call for Release of Mongolian Environmental Defender Beejin Khastumur

Civil society organisations from around the world have come together to call for the permanent release of environmental and human rights defender Beejin Khastumur who faces 5-years in prison for an offence there is no evidence he committed. Beejin is the founder of DMNN, a Mongolian NGO and YLNM member...

Urgent Action: Call for the release of imprisoned Mongolian environmental defender

Urgent Action: Call for the release of imprisoned Mongolian environmental defender

 Mr Beejin Khastumur, an environmental defender and founder of Mongolian non-profit organisation Delhiin Mongol Nogoon Negdel (DMNN), has been imprisoned by the Mongolian authorities under suspicious circumstances. DMNN, an organisation which advocates for the protection of the environment and the rights of the nomad people of Mongolia, has exposed many violations of...

Leader of NGO Opposing Illegal Mining in Mongolia Arrested

Leader of NGO Opposing Illegal Mining in Mongolia Arrested

The following statement from Yes to Life, No to Mining’s Mongolian member group DMNN describes the arrest and incarceration of Beejin, DMNN’s Leader. Yes to Life, No to Mining have documented how Beejin and other DMNN staff have been subjected to intimidation, death threats and physical violence for their work investigating...

Mongolia: YLNM members DMNN suffer threats and assault for investigating illegal mining

Mongolia: YLNM members DMNN suffer threats and assault for investigating illegal mining

Yes to Life, No to Mining member group Delhiin Mongol Nogoon Negdel’s (DMNN) efforts to inform the Mongolian public about the on-going environmental issues caused by mining in their country have not gone unnoticed. On the positive side, isolated groups of herders have begun to contact DMNN, asking staff members to visit...

Mongolia: Demonstrators stage sit in to demand an end to illegal mining

Mongolia: Demonstrators stage sit in to demand an end to illegal mining

On 21st December, members and supporters of Delhiin Mongol Nogoon Negdel (“DMNN”), a Mongolian environmental NGO, started a 3-day sit-in in front of the Victims’ Monument in Ulaanbaatar demanding the cancellation of an illegal gold extraction permit given to an Australian-Mongolian joint company. DMNN are also calling for Mining Minister Jigjid...

Mapping Gender Based Violence and Mining Infrastructure in Mongolian Mining Communities

A report on mining camps in Mongolia by the University of Queensland’s finds that women often withstand the worst of the negative social impacts from mining. The research focuses on the prevalence of gender based violence (GBV) and health issues by proximity to mining camps.   The report is downloadable...

Hunger Strike and Protest: Mongolian Government Gives Green Light to Hundreds of Mining Projects

Hunger Strike and Protest: Mongolian Government Gives Green Light to Hundreds of Mining Projects

by Odno Shourd and Hannibal Rhoades 4th March 2015 On Tuesday 10 February, nine members of Upright Blue Mongols and the Save Noyon Mountain Movement began a hunger strike in Ulaanbaatar, aiming to prevent the Mongolian Parliament passing damaging changes to the country’s environmental law as it came up for...