Borneo Natives Take Anti-Dams Campaign to Europe

An NGO delegation from Sarawak visits Switzerland and Norway to meet government officials and European energy corporations’ headquarters – ABB and Norconsult to be held accountable for their Malaysia business. Read more below about what they had to say. Read more on Bruno Manser Fonds. Read more about dams in...

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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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Norwegian energy manager offends Sarawak natives in dam row

Torstein Dale Siøtveit, the Norwegian CEO of Sarawak Energy, a state-owned electricity supplier in Malaysian Borneo, defended the planned 1,200 MW Baram dam against opposition from Sarawak’s Save Rivers Network, a coalition of eight indigenous organizations. The hydro power project would displace 20,000 Borneo natives from their traditional lands in...

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Ibans Pushed to War

The Iban people at Rumah Umpol protested a sudden eviction order to move within 14 days by WTK, a plantation company, set to expire on the 26th of June. Tua Rumah Sigan and his people have signaled they will fight to the death to keep their longhouses, which they have...

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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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