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Malaysia: Stop the intimidation of indigenous people

About 30 police officers went to stop the ongoing blockade by 300 Penans on the road to the Murum Dam construction site. The Penan communities are in the midst of negotiation with the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) but the SEB has reneged on these negotiations by impounding the dam....

Indonesia: Community in the dark over nickel mine

A vulnerable Indonesian community has been let down by a failing legal system and international human rights mechanisms, according to a new report. With nickel use growing at about 4 per cent every year the report reveals communities in eastern Indonesia's Halmahera Island are being economically displaced by the PT...

Indonesia: Cultural heritage rights stymied by lack of law

The absence of a law to protect cultural property has resulted in the appropriation of Indonesia’s cultural heritage by other countries. As such, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, which oversees the country's intellectual property rights institution, is powerless to address the...

Cambodia: Land-titling process ‘urgent’, Oxfam says

Accelerating the mapping and titling of rural farmland should be an “urgent” priority of the government and civil society, particularly when it comes to protecting indigenous peoples’ and women’s rights, Oxfam representatives said yesterday. The remarks followed the release of an EU-funded survey of rural communities’ perceptions of their land...

Malaysian tribes protest mega-dam

Hundreds of Malaysian tribespeople blockaded the construction site of a new dam Thursday which is set to force them from their homes in Sarawak on the island of Borneo, activists said. The Baram dam is the latest in a series of controversial hydroelectric mega-dams planned by the Sarawak government as...

Malaysia: JOAS hosts National land conference

PETALING JAYA: The Jaringan Orang Asal Malaysia (JOAS) is hosting a National land conference, to find a resolution as recommended by human rights commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), on the land rights of Indigenous people, at Penampang, Sabah today. JOAS president Thomas Jalong said more than 300 participants have registered their...

Malaysia: Borneo Indigenous Blockade Mega Dam as Penan Struggle With Relocation

Indigenous activists in Malaysia have erected two strategic road blockades to prevent the construction of the 1,200 megawatt Baram Dam, the fourth planned as part of the Sarawak government's plan to build 12 mega-dams, Borneo Project is reporting. The Baram Dam would displace up to 20,000 people and submerge a...

ABB urged to withdraw from Malaysian dam project

Swedish-Swiss power and technology group criticized for providing key technologies to Sarawak’s controversial dam projects. Zurich, Switzerland, 18 November 2013 - Swedish-Swiss technology group, ABB, is involved in a controversial dam initiative with vast environmental and social impacts in Sarawak, Malaysia. The human rights situation at the Murum Dam has...

Malaysia: Sarawak indigenous communities launch campaign against land grabbing

Sarawak indigenous leaders have launched an online signature campaign against land grabbing by private and government corporations, reports Pan AP. Over a hundred leaders of various Sarawak indigenous groups gathered at a public forum in Kuching on 15 November to launch an online signature campaign against land grabbing by private...

Malaysia: International NGOs take up plight of the Penans

Some 30 human rights and environmental non-governmental organisations have sent letters to 15 Malaysian missions worldwide calling for "good faith negotiations" with more than 100 Penan families who are displaced by the Murum hydroelectric dam project in Sarawak. The organisations which represent national, regional and international civil society groups are...