The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre in New York has accused the Chinese government of trying to destroy Mongolian culture and estimated 4,000 to 5,000 people had been put into some kind of police custody during three weeks of protests.
Many people from the Mongolian diaspora living in Australia who SBS News approached expressed concerns about what was happening to the region but declined to be interviewed citing security concerns for their family still living in Inner Mongolia.
The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre reported the 46-year-old's death, citing "various sources".
In a statement published earlier this month, the regional authority in Inner Mongolia reportedly stressed the importance of "strengthening national language education in ethnic areas".
SBS News has seen posts on Chinese social media announcing job demotions to public service workers.