SMHRIC Feb 08, 2011
Dissident writer Govruud Huuchinhuu gone missing after house arrest
Ms. Govruud Huuchinhuu, a Southern (Inner) Mongolian dissident
writer, activist and member of the banned organization Southern
Mongolian Democratic Alliance (SMDA), has gone missing since January
27, 2011, after she was reportedly released from a police-guarded
hospital in the region¡¯s Tongliao Municipality. Ms Huuchinhuu had
been placed under house arrest on November 11, 2010, after a brief
detention by the Tongliao City Public Security Bureau, Inner
Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR), for rallying the Mongols through
the Internet to cheer for the scheduled release of Hada. Hada is a
prominent Mongolian political prisoner and head of SMDA, who remains
missing after his expected release date December 10, 2010 having
completed his 15 year jail term.
During her house arrest, Huuchinhuu had very limited access to the
outside. Her home phone and Internet line were cut off. More than
twenty police with two vehicles guarded her around-the-clock.
Huuchinhuu was hospitalized in a local hospital in Tongliao City in
late December 2010 due to a serious health condition. She was
diagnosed with a lacunar cerebral infarction. According to her son
Cheel Borjigin who currently lives in the United States, Huuchinhuu
had suffered a painful headache for more than a month in the
hospital before she was given an anesthetic treatment that relieved
her symptom superficially. Police followed her to the hospital and
guarded her at her hospital bed.
¡°My mother was constantly harassed by the police who guarded her
round-the-clock in spite of the excruciating headache she suffered
day and night,¡± Cheel told SMHRIC, ¡°in front of other patients in
the hospital room, the police treated my mother rudely, using bad
words and called her a criminal.¡±
As a breast cancer patient, single mother, dissident writer and
staunch advocate of human rights of the Mongols in China, Huuchinhuu
fought tirelessly despite the physical ordeal, economic hardship and
political persecution over the past two decades.
Huuchinhuu authored several books and hundreds of essays to express
her opinion on ethnic problems and to criticize the Chinese
authorities¡¯ repressive ethnic policy in Southern Mongolia. Her two
books entitled ¡°Stone-hearted Tree¡± and ¡°Silent Stone¡± have been
banned recently and confiscated from bookstores that carried them.
Since the late 1990s, Huuchinhuu has been actively advocating
freedom of speech, press and association of the Mongols in Southern
Mongolia in particular through the Internet. She volunteered to help
administer a number of Internet discussion forums by Mongolian
students and intellectuals including www.nutuge.com, www.ehoron.com,
and www.mongolger.net , all three of which have been shut down by
the Chinese authorities for ¡°posting separatism contents¡± and
¡°discussing ethnic problems¡±.
In August 2007, Huuchinhuu planned to visit the independent country
of Mongolia and applied for a passport with the local Public
Security Bureau. Considered a ¡°possible threat to the national
interest and state security of China¡±, her passport application was
turned down and she was given an official notice from the Tongliao
Municipality Public Security Bureau stating that she was categorized
as a ¡°person who is prohibited from going abroad¡± effective for 5
years from the date of the issuance of the notice.