GENEVA/BERN, Switzerland — Twenty Swiss MPs have filed a motion in parliament that calls for an immediate freeze of assets held by Swiss banks on behalf of the Malaysian Taib family, reports the Bruno Manser Fund.
HSBC has bankrolled logging companies causing widespread environmental destruction and human rights abuses in Sarawak, Malaysia, violating its sustainability policies and earning around US$130 million in the process, an investigation by a London-based group, Global Witness, has revealed.
Dave Anthony says that an escape clause should be inserted into contracts to ensure that corporate projects unfriendly to the people and/or the environment can be terminated without compensation by subsequent administrations.
BERN/ZURICH, Switzerland – The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland confirmed on 20 April 2012 that Switzerland has given legal assistance to Hong Kong in a money-laundering case against Musa Aman, the Chief Minister of Sabah, reports the Bruno Manser Fund.
The Temiars in the Gua Musang District of Kelantan are frustrated and angry that their traditional lands are continually being destroyed by logging and plantation activities, says the Center for Orang Asli Concerns.
Aliran is appalled by the arrests of 13 Temiar protesters and a lawyer in Gua Musang yesterday over the local community’s attempted blockade to safeguard their community’s interests against the intrusion of loggers into their villages.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu admits the state does clear forests to plant oil palm as part of efforts to wipe out poverty. But hang on a sec, says Philip Khoo; what happened to RM19bn in logging royalties that the state should have received from a hundred million trees chopped down?
The late Along Sega who became world famous as an outspoken leader of the Penan’s struggle against the logging companies joins the ranks of towering Malaysians for us to emulate. Lukas Straumann pays tribute.
Establishing plantations in the 1.5 million hectares Bakun Catchment is likely to threaten the viability of the Bakun Dam and the Bakun HEP, warns Philip Khoo. The Sarawak state government must provide some answers quickly.