Penan protest continues over the lack of prior and informed consent regarding the construction of the Murum dam. According to the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that Malaysia has signed, whenever the government does any major project involving the rural communities, the communities have the right to demand for free, prior, informed consent, particularly when development projects affect their livelihoods and ancestral lands.
The Borneo Project stands in solidarity with the Penan protestors and calls upon Taib and the Malaysian government, as well as international investors, to respect the voice of the people of Sarawak as they protest the development and construction of the Murum dam and other regional dams that directly impact the livelihood of both the Penan community as well as other indigenous Dayak communities.
For more information on human rights in Borneo, please visit: https://borneoproject.org/who-we-are/borneo/human-rights
NO FREE PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT FOR PENAN COMMUNITIES