October Updates

Police brutally dismantle peaceful blockade Iban people from six villages in the Ulu Kelawit Tatau gathered in front of the Mukah police station for two days to peacefully protest the arrest of 11 community members who have been detained since October 25th. The arrests happened in response to a peaceful...

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Penan village successfully protects forest from logging

The small Penan village of Long Tevenga on Borneo saved their forest from timber extraction with unconventional means. After two years of struggle against logging in their forest, the Penan village of Long Tevenga in Northern Sarawak gained a major victory. The Sarawak Forest Department has told logging company Lee...

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Did Malaysia just ban palm oil expansion?

On Tuesday, Malaysia’s Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok announced that the government is committed to maintaining at least 50 percent forest cover nationwide, and will not allow any more expansion of oil palm plantations. This was not announced as part of an official policy platform, but after Kok’s keynote address...

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August Updates

Here are a few updates on what’s been happening this month: Stop the Papar Dam! In Sabah, a controversial dam project that was shelved in 2015 has been resurrected by the newly elected Chief Minister Shafie Apdal despite campaign promises condemning the project.  The proposed dam would cover 5.22 sq km, is...

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Stop the Papar Dam!

In Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, a controversial dam project that was shelved in 2015 has been resurrected by the newly elected Chief Minister Shafie Apdal despite campaign promises condemning the project. The affected communities who have mobilized against the proposal accuse Shafie’s Parti Warisan Sabah of breaking election promises. Diana Sipail...

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

“On this annual observance, let us commit to fully realizing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the rights to self-determination and to traditional lands, territories and resources.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres Note: this article is reposted from un.org  There are an estimated 370 million indigenous...

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July Updates

Battle for NCR Land Rights in Sarawak Continues On July 5th hundreds of protestors and over 20 native social rights groupsgathered in Miri to express their opposition to a proposed amendment that would significantly dilute indigenous land rights. Following the rally, an amendment was passed that limits the Native Customary Rights (NCR) domain to 1,000...

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Penan demand acknowledgement of their nomadic livelihood

The Penan speak out against their discrimination as hunters and gatherers: the law should not only acknowledge rights to farmland but also to forest. (MIRI / SARAWAK / MALAYSIA) The Penan from Malaysian Borneo are turning to their government requesting the acknowledgement of their right to land, on which they...

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