The United Movement Against Offshore Account Holders is continuing their peaceful demonstration against politicians with offshore accounts with a sit-in at Sukhbaatar Square.
The peaceful demonstration ended at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, but a group of protesters decided to hold a sit-in since despite not receiving a permission to organize it. They declared that they have sent a formal letter to the Unite Nations as the state continued to ignore their plea to take action against offshoring, which they consider a violation of human rights.
The letter requests the UN Secretary-General to have Mongolia enlisted as a country with “weak” anti-money laundering (AML) regime in the Financial Action Task Force list of Non-Cooperative Countries or Territories. They also sent copies of the letter to embassies of the USA, the UK, China, Germany, Russia, and Japan in Mongolia.
The letter read, “Mongolia adopted a legislation on April 14, 2017 to protect the corrupted, trampling on the UN AML instrument and UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. Lawmakers are trying to hide 17 billion USD in offshore accounts by transferring it to another account. Please pay attention to the possibility that the 17 billion USD could be laundered for international murder, terrorism, weapons trade, human trafficking and drug deals.”
Besides MP S.Javkhlan, former Deputy Prime Minister Ts.Oyunbaatar and former MP S.Ganbaatar joined the peaceful demonstration last weekend. Head of the Association of Elderly People G.Baasan, famous writer T.Galsan and Head of the Mongolian People’s Party N.Enkhbayar expressed their support for the movement against offshore account holders.
On Tuesday, a 23-year-old man who was participating in the sit-in protest was sent to a hospital due to health reasons.