15 Feb '12, 2am

Activists form network to fight Sarawak dam-building spree

Malaysian court blocks rainforest tribes' fight against mega-dam in Borneo (09/09/2011) Indigenous tribes in Borneo suffered a stinging defeat Thursday after Sarawak's highest court ruled against them in 12-year-long legal battle. Tribal groups had challenged the Malaysian state government for seizing indigenous lands in order to build a massive hydroelectric power plant, dubbed the Bakun dam, but the three-person top court found unanimously against the tribes. Rainforest tribe forcibly removed from dam area to palm oil plantation (06/23/2011) A thousand Penan indigenous people have been forcibly moved from their rainforest home to monoculture plantations, reports Survival International. To make way for the Murum dam, the Malaysian state government of Sarawak is moving a thousand Penan from their traditional homes, but as apart of the deal the government promised to move t...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0214-hance_sarawakdams.html

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