Campaign Corner

A selection of press releases and short stories highlighting the various campaigns going on in Malaysia

Reporters Without Borders – Collateral Freedom #2 : Sarawak Report Among Six New Censored Sites Unblocked By RSF

To mark World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today launching Operation Collateral Freedom #2, in which it is unblocking access to websites that are censored in five countries and is unveiling the RSF Censorship Detector app. The aim of this operation – the continuation of Operation Collateral Freedom #1, launched a year ago – […]

Statement – An International Award For SAVE Rivers

Miri – SAVE Rivers was selected out of eleven Civil Society Organisations from eight different Asian countries as the recipient for the 19th Tji Haksoon Justice & Peace Award 2016; this is the first time that the award goes to Malaysia. On the 10th of March 2016, receiving the award in Seoul on behalf of SAVE Rivers, was

Joint Statement – Indigenous anti-dam activists worldwide stand in solidarity with Berta Cáceres

Indigenous leaders fighting against dams worldwide join the call for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Berta Cáceres’ assassination. In a joint statement, anti-dam activists from around the world have expressed their grief and anger about the murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres and call on the Honduran government to facilitate a thorough, independent

JOAS Press Statement – It’s Time To See Orang Asal Women In Politics

In conjunction with International Women’s Day today, Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) calls for equitable representation of Orang Asal women in politics. “In most indigenous communities, it is the women who serve as primary caregivers to children, elderly family members and the sick. It is the women who are the holders and teachers of the traditional knowledge passed

JOAS Press Statement – JOAS To Map Orang Asal Traditional Lands and Territories

Kota Kinabalu – Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) announced their plans today to map out and consolidate Orang Asal territories in conjunction with the launch of the Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights by the #LandRightsNow campaign. The worldwide campaign signed on by over 300 organizations aims to double the global area of land

BMF Press Statement – German Chancellor Angela Merkel Calls Off Chainsaw Manufacturer visit

Victory for rainforest campaigners as German chancellor calls off Stihl visit Chainsaw market leader Stihl under pressure over ties to Borneo rainforest illegal logging – Bruno Manser Fund demands €100 million indemnity  (Stuttgart, GERMANY) German chancellor Angela Merkel has today cancelled a long-planned visit with German chainsaw manufacturer Stihl. The decision was taken hours after

Penan Delegation Meet With State Government Over Proposed Penan Peace Park

MIRI – A delegation of Penan representing 18 villages are grateful that the government has finally consented to discuss their proposed Penan Peace Park (PPP). The meeting held in Miri recently, (18 February 2016) saw representatives of the Penan communities, lead by Encik James Lalo Kesoh, formally presenting their proposal to the government. The government’s

FOTO Press Statement – BLD Plantation continues to destroy Sarawak peat forests

After Bunge Limited, one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies, announced last year its suspension of new commercial activity with Malaysian palm oil company BLD Plantation Bhd, BLD’s trading partner Apical Malaysia Sdn Bhd declared earlier this month they would be suspending trade with BLD until the latter addresses the issues brought up against them

Transparency International – Malaysian Government Must Stop Impeding Corruption Investigations

As Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak attends the US-ASEAN Summit in the United States with all ten leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Transparency International is urgently calling for greater protection of those who bring corruption to light in Malaysia and swift investigations into the corruption crisis surrounding the government. Transparency International,

Open Letter From Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) Over the Blocking of Blogging Platform Medium in Malaysia.

February 11, 2016 Najib Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia Excellency, Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), an independent non-governmental institution committed to promoting and defending freedom of expression is writing to express concern over the blocking of blogging platform Medium in Malaysia apparently in an effort to censor an investigative news outlet critical of the government. According

BMF Press Statement – Swiss prosecutors pressure Malaysia over $4 billion fraud

BERN, SWITZERLAND. In a highly unusual step, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has publicly announced a mutual legal assistance request to Malaysia, together with first findings of a probe into a $4 billion fraud involving the Malaysian state fund 1 MDB and embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak. The Swiss prosecutors said on Friday that their

BMF Press Statement – Australian police arrest ex-senator over protest against Malaysian timber operator in Tasmania

LAPOINYA (TASMANIA), AUSTRALIA Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown has been charged today over a protest at a logging site linked to Malaysian timber conglomerate Ta Ann in Tasmania. According to Australia’s ABC network, the former senator was arrested when walking towards a bulldozer in the Lapoinya Forest exclusion zone this morning. The logging site was

BMF invokes OECD rules against Taib family’s secret international holdings

OTTAWA (CANADA) The Bruno Manser Fund has today lodged a complaint with the Canadian government against the Ottawa-based Sakto Group, a multimillion dollar real estate and investment holding with close ties to the family of Sarawak Governor and former Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. Sakto is being directed by Taib’s daughter, Jamilah Taib Murray, and

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