Indonesia Treats its Indigenous Peoples “Worse Than Any Other Country in the World”

Survival International recently announced that “Indonesia treats its indigenous and tribal people, especially in West Papua, worse than any other country in the world.”  This finding, surprisingly, comes after the Indonesian Government adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples back in September, 2007.  Read below to learn more....

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Campaign of Intimidation Continues in Indonesia

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is calling for international support to demand an end to the intimidation of an indigenous community in Indonesia as well as the destruction of its forests by plantation firms. Two companies are clearing forests and farmland belonging to the Dayak Benuaq of Muara Tae, while the...

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Justice Versus The Law In Sarawak

The High Court recently ruled against a joint petition by Penan and Kelabit people in Limbang to save their forest lands from the greed of Chief Minister Taib’s timber and plantation allies, Samling Global and the Hii family. The judge based his ruling on the failure of the natives of...

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Green Movement Takes Root in Malaysia

This coming Saturday, a 24-hour environmental protest is planned on the outskirts of the coastal Malaysian town of Kuantan to protest the rare earth refinery being built by the Australian mining company Lynas. Momentum for the environmental movement in Malaysia is building as thousands of local residents, environmental groups, and...

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Listen to Executive Director Jettie Word Speak to Deforestation, Palm Oil, and Threats to Indigenous Communities

Jettie Word, Executive Director of The Borneo Project, talks about the current threats that Borneo faces including deforestation, spreading palm oil plantations, and threats to indigenous communities.  Tune into Sierra Club Radio! Listen here. For more information on the current threats in Borneo, please visit: https://borneoproject.org/borneo/overview-of-current-threats. http://sierraclub.typepad.com/sierra_club_radio/ Sierra Club Radio:...

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BBC Celebrates David Attenborough’s 60-year Career

In a three-part documentary, BBC will broadcast a series looking back over Sir David Attenborough’s 60-year broadcasting career, including a trip to the Borneo jungle, where he first encountered an orangutan in the wild in the 1950s. Attenborough returned to the Borneo jungle to shoot new footage at the place...

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Deforestation Pits Elephants Against Man in Nunukan

As more and more forest is cleared for palm oil plantations and timber estates, the Borneo pygmy Elephant is  increasingly coming into conflict with humans in the East Kalimantan district of Nunukan. Since 2006, elephants are now venturing into human settlements about once every seven months and with more of...

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