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 blockade set up by the communities in opposition to rockquarry and oil palm company that has polluted and destroyed their water source and taken their land without proper compensation.

We are following this story closely and will have more to report in the coming weeks. 

Read more here.

Forest protection in Long Tevenga

After two years of blockades, the Penan village of Long Tevenga in Northern Sarawak has won out over timber company Lee Ling, who this month were told by the Sarawak Forest Department they could not log in the area without community consent. 

This success was partially the result of detailed community maps outlining threatened territorial rights in the area. These maps were recently published as the result of years of work and collaboration between Penan communities and our project partner Bruno Manser Fund.

Read more here.

Long Ekang gets their jetty!

Thanks to a small grant obtained by The Borneo Project, the village of Long Ekang has a new pontoon and jetty. This will make it much easier to access river transport, especially for older village members.

We will have much more news to report in the coming months, including opportunities for you to support our allies, new and old.