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Leader of Mongolian Green Movement arrested during peaceful protest

On Tuesday 5 August 2008, Ms. Saruul Agvaandorj, Leader of the Mongolian Green Movement, and Mr. Arslan Gombosuren, Leader of the Just Society Front, were arrested while taking part in a peaceful protest. They have been detained for 14 days but what happens after that is unknown. Saruul recently attended the Global Greens Congress in São Paulo, Brazil.

Background. The Mongolian elections were held on Sunday 29 June 2008. Violent clashes followed, with protesters alleging fraud, and on Wednesday 2 July President Nambaryn Enkhbayar declared a four-day state of emergency. Five people were shot dead in the violence and hundreds were detained. Over 200 remain in detention.

According to Asian Gypsy, on 30 July, “families of the "Black Tuesday" (or Stone Revolution as some are calling it derisively) detainees along with National Green Movement and Civil Front Movement members organized a silent demonstration at Sukhbaatar Square, demanding the release of the detainees. Approximately 20 protesters began the silent protest at Sukhbaatar square with a piece of paper taped over their mouths with the message "Release", and sympathizers joined them. Gogo.mn reports that the police are now attempting to disperse the crowd, on the grounds that Sukhbaatar District administration did not approve their request to hold the demonstration.”

Saruul and Arslan were arrested on the grounds that the sit-in is unlawful, having no permission from the District Office. There is no information about what will happen when the two-weeks’ detention are finished.

Saruul is being held in a cell with 11 or 12 other prisoners, and Arslan is very threatened.

Asian Gypsy: The demonstrators had issued a request to meet with the President. The President's office, instead, replied with a statement branding the demonstration as "hindering with the due government process of finding responsible parties to the post-election riots and therefore illegal". Despite the setback of having their leader detained, the demonstrators have stated their intention to continue their sit-in until all detainees are released.


Action needed now!

Contact the Mongolian embassy or consulate in your country (see list attached below):

• call for Saruul and Arslan to be released immediately;

• support the protesters’ call for the post-election detainees to
be released immediately.

Contact the Minister for Foreign Affairs in your country:

• ask them to make representations to Mongolia for the release of political detainees including Saruul and Arslan.


Sources:  Mongolian Green Movement, Asian Gypsy http://asiangypsy.blogspot.com/

More information: Margaret Blakers (Australia). Asia Pacific representative, Global Greens Coordination [email protected], +61 419 877 325


PRESIDENT OF MONGOLIA

Nambaryn Enkhbayar
Presidential Office
State Palace
Ulaanbaatar-12 Mongolia
Fax: 976-1- 311121

EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES

AUSTRALIA: Honorary Consulate General of Mongolia
P.O.Box 1731
Level 10, 80 Mount Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060
Australia
Tel: (+61-2) 99661922
Fax: (+61-2) 99661922


AUSTRIA: Embassy of Mongolia
Auhofstrasse 65, A-1130 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-1-877 3733; Fax: +43-1-877 373 340
E-Mail: [email protected]

BELGIUM: Embassy of Mongolia
Belgium Ambassade de Mongolie
Avenue Besme 18, 1190 Brussels
Tel: (+32-2) 3446974
Fax: (+32-2) 3443215


BULGARIA: Embassy of Mongolia
Frederic Joliot-Curie Street 52
1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel: (+359-2) 9659012, 9630765
Fax: (+359-2) 9630745
E-Mail: [email protected]


CANADA: Embassy of Mongolia
151 Slater Street, Suite 503
Ottawa, ON K1P 5H3, Canada
Tel: (+1-613) 569-3830, 569-2623
Fax: (+1-613) 569-3916


CHINA: Embassy of Mongolia
No 2, Xiushui Beijie Jian Guo, Men Wai Da Jie Beijing, China
Phone: +86-10-6532-1810; Fax: +86-10-6532-5045


CZECH: Embassy of Mongolia
Na Marne 5, Praha-6, 160000, Ceska Rupublika
Tel: (+420) 224311198/9, 224325760
Fax: (+420) 224314827


DENMARK: Honorary Consulate of Mongolia
c/o UNISCRAP A/S Genvindings Industry
Fiskerihavnsgade 6 2450 Copenhagen
Denmark
Fax: (+45) 33120373


EGYPT: Embassy of Mongolia
14th Street, 152, Maadi Cairo
Egypt
Tel: (+20-2) 3506012, 3409574
Fax: (+20-2) 3506012, 3414229


FRANCE: Embassy of Mongolia
5, Avenue Robert Schumann
92100 Boulogne/Seine France
Tel: (+33-1) 46052812, 46052318
Fax: (+33-1) 46053016


GERMANY: Embassy of Mongolia
Dietzgenstr. 31 13156 Berlin
Germany
Tel: (+49-30) 4748060
Fax: (+49-30) 47480616


HUNGARY: Embassy of Mongolia
Bogar Utca 14-c, 1022 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: (+36-1) 2124579, 2122669, 2125904
Fax: (+36-1) 2125731


INDIA: Embassy of Mongolia
34 Archbishop Makarios Marg
New Delhi 110003 India
Tel: (+91-11) 4631728, 4617989
Fax: (+91-11) 4633240


ISRAEL: Honorary Consulate of Mongolia
9 Frishman Street Tel Aviv 63578 Israel
Tel: (+972-3) 5243929
Fax: (+972-3) 5272361


ITALY: Honorary Consulate of Mongolia
Via Giulia 10 34126 Trieste Italy
Tel: (+39) 040575422
Fax: (+39) 040575431


JAPAN: Embassy of Mongolia
Pine Crest Mansion, 21-4 Shoto
Kamiyama-cho, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150 Japan
Tel: (+81-3) 34692088, 34692092
Fax: (+81-3) 34692216


KOREA: Embassy of Mongolia
300-24 Dongbuichon-Dong
Yong San-gu Seoul 140-885
Republic of Korea
Tel: (+82-2) 7941350, 7928860
Fax: (+82-2) 7947605


NETHERLANDS: Honorary Consulate of Mongolia
Notarissen De Cuserstraat 5
1081 CK Amsterdam-Buitenveldert
Netherlands
Fax: (+31-20) 6649638


NEW ZEALAND: Consulate of Mongolia
Address: 86 Kings Crescent
Lower Hutt 5010. Wellington
New Zealand
Telephone: +64 4 569 2788
Fax +64 4 566 6293
Mobile +64 21 464 460
Email: [email protected]


POLAND: Embassy of Mongolia
Al. Rejtana 15 m 16
00-478 Warsaw
Poland
Tel: (+48-22) 8499391, 8482063
Fax: (+48-22) 8499391


ROMANIA: Embassy of Mongolia
Fagarasului Street 6
Bucharest Romania
Tel: (+40-21) 6387085, 6387370
Fax: (+40-21) 6121325


RUSSIA: Embassy of Mongolia
Ul. Borisoglebskaya 11
121069 Moscow
Russian Federation
Tel: (+7-095) 2906792
Fax: (+7-095) 2916171


SWEDEN: Honorary Consulate of Mongolia Götabergsgatan 34
41134 Gothenburg
Sweden
Tel: (+46-31) 167621
Fax: (+46-31) 160770

SWITZERLAND: Consulate General and Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations
4, Chemin des Mollies
1293 Bellevue (Geneva)
Switzerland
Tel: (+41-22) 7741974/5
Fax: (+41-22) 7743201


THAILAND: Embassy of Mongolia
251 Soi Rojana, Soi Asoke
Sukhumvit RdKlong Toey
Bangkok 10110
Phone: 02 640 8018
Opening hours: 9-12 am, 2-4 pm


TURKEY: Embassy of Mongolia
Koza Sokak 107
Gaziosmanpasa
Ankara Turkey
Tel: (+90-312) 4467977
Fax: (+90-212) 4467791


UKRAINE:Embassy of Mongolia
3 Yuri Kotsyubinsky Street
01030 Kiev Ukraine
Tel: (+380-44) 2168639, 2168891
Fax: (+380-44) 2168751

UNITED KINGDOM: Embassy of Mongolia
7, Kensington Court
London W8 5DL United Kingdom
Tel: (+44-20) 79371117, 79375238, 79370150
Fax: (+44-20) 79371117


USA: Embassy of Mongolia
2833 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20007
U.S.A.
Tel: (+1-301) 333-7117, 333-7137
Fax: (+1-301) 333-9227

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