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Money Logging: Bay Area Book Release and Signing with Lukas Straumann

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014 Join us on November 16 as author Lukas Straumann discusses his book, Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia, and outlines the massive destruction of the Bornean rainforest by Malaysian loggers. Money Logging is a story of a people who have lost their ancient paradise to a wasteland…

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PRESS RELEASE: Blockade against Baram Dam Reinstated

BLOCKADE AGAINST THE BARAM DAM REINSTATED Long Kesseh Baram: The tussle between the villagers opposing the Baram dam and the illegal loggers who are supported by the Sarawak Forestry Corporation is heating up. Under the watchful eyes of the police from the General Operation Forces (GOF) and officers from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), the…

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Joint Statement: Human Rights Groups Demand Police Stop Intimidating Rightful Landowners of Baram

4 Nov. 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts: Peter Kallang, Chair, SAVE Rivers | Tel: +60-13-833-1104| Email: peterkallang@yahoo.com Sze Ning, Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia | Tel: +60-12-606-1592 | Email: szening@gmail.com Serene Lim, SUARAM | Tel: +60-12-547-7989 | Email: monitoring@suaram.net Tanya Lee, International Rivers| Tel: +60-19-438-0539 |E-mail: tlee@internationalrivers.org Human Rights Groups Demand Police Stop Intimidating Rightful…

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New Pan Borneo Highway mega-project unnecessary?

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has promised RM27 billion to begin construction on a 1,663km highway across Borneo, although a similar highway was completed in 2008. Journalist Joe Leong posits that rather than using tax payers’ money to built a new road, what is needed is the repair and proper maintenance of the existing Trans…

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Baram dam blockade dismantled by police, immediately rebuilt in time for one year anniversary

One day before the one-year anniversary of two blockades against the Baram dam, fifty police officers and ten forest authorities arrived at one of the blockade sites, dismantling it. Hours later, the protestors had erected a new blockade and negotiated a three-day grace period. The indigenous protestors told the officers that the removal of the blockade was…

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Coal mines negatively impact villagers, ecosystems in Indonesian Borneo

The village of Makroman was a thriving agrarian district until 2007, when coal companies began mining in the village, polluting the air and water with toxins. These coal companies have been negligent in many ways, including refusing to fill unreclaimed mining pits, a danger to passers-by. Despite the negative environmental and health impacts of the…

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Broken promises at Sungai Asap resettlement

Sixteen years after the creation of the Sungai Asap dam resettlement, reporter Hanna Hindstrom interviewed a Penan woman living in this community. Layo revealed the ways in which her life drastically changed as she and her family were forced to move from their homes to make way for the Bakun dam. Read on to learn about how her life changed, and what the…

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SAVE Rivers Press Release: Penghulu’s Statement is Not the People’s Voice

  Date: 4th September, 2014 PENGHULU’S STATEMENT IS NOT THE PEOPLE’S VOICE Miri: Villagers from Baram were angered by a statement from their community leader, Penghulu Paul Kalang which was published in the Borneo Post on 4th September 2014. They all voiced out their disappointment that they are being sidelined in the decision making to determine…

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BMF Press Release: Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements

BRUNO MANSER FUND, BASEL / SWITZERLAND 07 August 2014 – for immediate release Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements The Malaysian Bar Council finds a series of basic rights violated at the resettlement sites of the Murum Dam and attests Sarawak Energy a lack of interest in the resettled people. (KUALA LUMPUR / MURUM, MALAYSIA)…

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SAVE Rivers Press Release: Baram Community Members Testify at Launch of Human Rights Fact-Finding Report

Date: 18th August 2014 Baram Community Members Testify at Launch of Human Rights Fact-Finding Report Kuala Lumpur: A blockade to resist a hydroelectric dam in Baram in the Malaysian state of Sarawak marks its 300th days today on Monday 18th August 2014. As an event for the occasion, a group of villagers from around the…

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