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Banks turn a blind eye to human rights abuses in Borneo

Crikey, 12 May 2017: On a Tuesday morning in June last year, Sarawak land rights activist and opposition politician Bill Kayong pulled up at a set of traffic lights in the coastal city of Miri, and was shot dead through the driver’s window of his Toyota pickup. The alleged “mastermind” of the assassination was Stephen … Continue reading

Review – The Peaceful People: The Penan and their Fight for the Forest

In the early 1990s the plight of the Penan people of Sarawak became an international cause celebre, with Swiss adventurer Bruno Manser touring the world with a small Penan delegation, and the likes of Prince Charles, Al Gore, David Suzuki and the Greatful Dead speaking out about the rapid destruction of the forest in Sarawak. … Continue reading

Blockading Baram dam (video)

The government of Sarawak, one of two Malaysian states in Borneo, plans to build a string of hydroelectric dams and industrialise with the power. But the next of the planned dams, on the Baram River, threatens the land and homes of 20,000 indigenous people. A group of local activists have been blockading the proposed dam … Continue reading

‘Fight until they die’ – Malaysia’s dam blockade finds international support

Crikey, 16 November 2015: When they first set up camp it was under plastic tarps strung from the trees and propped up with sticks. That night the rain came — a drenching tropical downpour that left the group of 100 or so protesters wet, cold and awake through the dark Borneo night. But after years of petitions … Continue reading

Protected: Indigenous activists support dam fight in Sarawak

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Protected: Indigenous forum demands changes on ‘dangerous’ dams

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Kalimantan villagers lodge land claim in BHP Billiton coal project

Jakarta Globe, 14 June 2015: Villagers in remote Central Kalimantan have lodged a claim for legal title to 1,000 hectares of land within BHP Billiton’s vast IndoMet coal project area under a new land rights scheme in the province. The residents of Maruwei, one of the closest villages to IndoMet’s “first stage” Haju mine, have … Continue reading

Resentment lingers in village ‘tricked’ over land

Jakarta Globe, 14 June 2015 Residents of the village of Maruwei in Central Kalimantan claim they were tricked and intimidated in relation to BHP Billiton’s acquisition of an area of their land for the first stage of the IndoMet coal project a decade ago. According to Maruwei village secretary Timor Banafi, villagers started clearing small … Continue reading

‘Worst of worst’ Kalimantan coal project in doubt

Jakarta Globe, 29 December: Australian miner BHP Billiton’s controversial Indomet coal project in Kalimantan is in doubt following a reported decision by the minister for national development planning to withdraw support for the construction of a railway that would transport coal from the remote mine sites to port. The Indonesian Forum for the Environment, or … Continue reading

A hunger for coal threatens the Heart of Borneo

Jakarta Post, 20 May: In the remote interior of Kalimantan a vast coal mining venture looks set to go ahead in an internationally agreed conservation zone. The project could see more than a billion tonnes of coal dug up from an area of global significance, where indigenous people have lived for generations from the forests … Continue reading