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17 February 2018

ORANG Asli from six kampung have formed several blockades in Gua Musang, Kelantan, this morning to protest against the logging activities in the forest reserve which encroach into their land.

Mohd Syafiq Dendi, chairman of the customary land territory in Pos Simpor, said the protesters have set up three blockades at Chawas, Tohoi and Kuala Wok early today.

“The blockades started this morning. This is against logging and commercial farming. 

“They are encroaching into Orang Asli territory. Stop the logging now,” he told The Malaysian Insight. 

21 November 2017

SARAWAK'S last nomadic tribe, the Penan, have again pressed the state government to recognise their customary rights to land and a forest sanctuary they want called Baram Heritage Forest, by presenting to the government a “detailed community map” 15 years in the making.

A group of nine Penan chiefs, led by Ajeng Kiew, a penghulu of Baram Sungai Patah, flew from the remotest parts of Baram to present the set of 23 maps to Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas last Friday at the state legislative assembly building.

2 November 2017

SARAWAK Dayaks, angry over two recent Federal Court decisions which failed to recognise native customary rights, will gather at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya on Tuesday to “make their feelings known” at another appeal case set to go against them.

8 March 2017
South-Eastern Asia

As the world marks International Women's Day on Wednesday, six women from different countries in Southeast Asia received recognition from advocacy group Amnesty International for their "heroism" in standing up for human rights despite the criminalization and violence they have faced.

The group recognizes the six women, who have long fought against injustice in each respective country, as figures that "inspire many in the region and whose contributions to society should be commended; not condemned".


By: Sulok Tawie

Date: 7 January 2017

Source: Malaymail Online

A Dayak native customary rights (NCR) land forum today called on the state government to constitute a native court system which runs parallel with the civil court.

In a draft memorandum to be submitted to Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, the forum said the native court system must have jurisdiction over cases involving native customs, including NCR lands.


By: FMT Reporters

Date: January 6th 2017

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Sarawak activist says it is time to vote out complacent Dayak lawmakers who have done nothing except take care of themselves and their positions in politics.

PETALING JAYA: A human rights advocate says Dayak lawmakers have failed the people on Adat, the customary law, as stated in the Sarawak Land Code.


By: Faiz Zainudin

Date: 4 December 2016

Source: Freemalaysiatoday

Orang Asli speak of bathing, drinking from muddy waters, as photos prove logging activities destroyed farm lands, disrupted flow of river waters.

GUA MUSANG: Photographs of logging activities at the Kekal Balah forest reserves here poured cold water on claims by the Kelantan government that it adhered to standard operating procedures.


Just after nine o’clock on a Tuesday morning in June, an environmental activist named Bill Kayong was shot and killed while sitting in his pickup truck, waiting for a traffic light to change in the Malaysian city of Miri, on the island of Borneo. Kayong had been working with a group of villagers who were trying to reclaim land that the local government had transferred to a Malaysian palm-oil company.


By: Sulok Tawie
Date: October 25th 2016
Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUCHING, Oct 25 — Tan Sri Adenan Satem can prevent more deaths by establishing a Land Rights Commission to deal with disputes between natives and plantation companies, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said today.

He added that the idea had been proposed earlier this year by no less than the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.

South-Eastern Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean

By: Mike Verdin
Date: September 23rd 2016
Source: Agrimoney.com

Expansion of palm oil producers into Latin America, the "new frontier for global expansion" is snagging on confusion over land rights – which is encouraging some groups to expand into rainforest.

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