Protesting mining pollution shouldn't be a crime

Tell Mongolian authorities to ensure a fair and transparent trial

Last month, a group of Mongolian community activists led by Tsetsegee Munkhbayar, recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2007, were arrested outside the Mongolian Parliament.

They were protesting proposals to abolish rules that would protect the country’s waterways from decades of destruction from irresponsible gold mining. If Parliament does abolish these regulations, the Onggi River ecosystem, among others, could be destroyed.

Munkhbaya and his family in Mongolia

The rules exist in large part thanks to Munkhbayar’s tireless work to educate herdsmen about mining impacts, and to increase citizens' voices in their government. 

Now Munkhbayar awaits trial - but protesting pollution shouldn't be a crime.

TAKE ACTION: Make sure Mongolian officials know the world is watching; ensure a fair and transparent trial!


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