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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Borneo mega-dams risk indigenous ‘ethnocide’

Massive dams in Sarawak, Malaysia, threaten to flood over 2,000 square kilometers of the world’s oldest rainforests, displace 10,000s of indigenous people, and aggravate climate change, writes Amanda Stephenson – all to generate electricity that no one wants.     Sarawak, Malaysia, is located on the island of Borneo, the...

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Sarawak’s Land Grab Laws Must Go!

Now that Taib is no longer Chief Minister of Sarawak, the state needs to get rid of his unconstitutional land grab laws. Read more below about how Taib unconstitutionally took land from the indigenous people of Sarawak and how he treated them when they protested. Read more at Sarawak Report....

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Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAVE RIVERS would like to thank the Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for paying attention to the plight indigenous community who are protesting against the construction of mega hydroelectric dams in Sarawak. (Utusan Borneo 8th April 2014) The state government is planning to build an additional 11...

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Study Warns of Possible REDD+ Land Grab

A new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that REDD+, the UN program to reduce global carbon emissions, may be putting indigenous communities at risk, jeopardizing local land rights and laying the groundwork for large-scale “carbon grabs” by governments and private investors. Read more below to find out...

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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...

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