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Sarawak’s RM559Million ‘Schools For Votes’ Scandal

A deliberate vote-buying scheme in Sarawak which was approved by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Muhyiddin Yassinhas, been recently uncovered by Sarawak Report. Read more below to find out who else was involved in this scandal, what they did, and exactly how much money was…

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General Mills, Colgate-Palmolive Announce Deforestation-Free Policies for Palm Oil Sourcing

On Monday, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive both announced palm oil policies that go beyond standards set by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in order to better protect the environment and wildlife surrounding their palm oil sources. Read more below to find out what these new policies are and how this will affect the positions…

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Borneo Monkeys Lose a Tenth of Their Habitat in a Decade

A new study revealed that several species of langurs monkeys in Borneo have lost over a tenth of their habitats since 2000. While this may not seem like a lot, it can actually have huge negative impacts on the populations of these animals. Read more below to find out what the biggest dangers to these…

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Indigenous Communities Demand Forest Rights, Blame Land Grabs for Failure to Curb Deforestation

In the Palangkaraya Declaration on Deforestation and the Rights of Forest Peoples, indigenous and forest-dependent peoples from Asia, Africa and Latin America have called for increased recognition of customary land rights in order to limit deforestation and ensure the survival of their communities. Read more below to find out what the declaration says and asks of…

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Progressive Palm Oil Group Opens Door to Companies, NGO’s Adopting Zero Deforestation Policies

A new group called the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) has started to accept new members who commit to social and environmental safeguards that go beyond the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) eco-certification standard. Read more below to find out what these safeguards are and how POIG hopes to tip the balance towards responsible palm…

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New Web Tool Aims to Help Indigenous Groups Protect Forests and Navigate REDD+

A new online tool called ForestDefender aims to help indigenous people understand and implement their rights in regard to forests. The database brings together vast amounts of legal information—both national and international—on over 50 countries. Read more below to find out this tool works and what its creators hope it will achieve. Read more on Mongabay. Read…

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Indonesia’s Proposed Peat Law Too Weak to Protect Peatlands, Stop Haze, Says Greenpeace

A new analysis from Greenpeace says that new regulations aiming to protect peatlands is most likely going to fall short of its goals, failing to stop peat degradation, emissions, and fires that are driving the current haze crisis in Southeast Asia. Read more below to find out how Greenpeace made this conclusion and what this means…

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Malaysia Rejects Indigenous Rights at the UN

The recent suggestion by the United Nations that the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Rights should be allowed to visit the county in order to evaluate the treatment of the indigenous Orang Ulu has been rejected by the Malaysian government. Read more below to find out what other recommendations Malaysia has rejected as well as…

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Mega-Dams Create Economic Disaster Says Top Study

A recent study by Oxford University has found that mega-dams, like those that are being built and planned in Borneo right now, do not only negatively impact the environment and human rights but they are also almost always economically disastrous for the countries involved. Read more below to find out just how much these projects…

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Indonesian Cop Caught Smuggling Rare Timber Worth Millions Escapes with 2-year Sentence

An Indonesian police officer  who was charged with laundering nearly $128 million in proceeds from illegal fuel and timber smuggling was sentenced to only two years in prison for illegal logging. Read more below to find out charges this officer was acquitted of and what this shocking case reveals about the Indonesia justice system. Read…

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