Malaysian Embassies Worldwide Receive Message: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Violations at Murum Dam Must End

The Murum Dam in Sarawak is nearing completion, with the impoundment of the reservoir expected to be finished by late 2014.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
November 25, 2013 Sarawak, Malaysia: Today, Malaysian Ambassadors in 16 countries* are receiving a letter signed by over 30 organizations representing national, regional and international civil society groups that calls for good faith negotiations with the 1,500 Penan Indigenous people who are being displaced to make way for the Murum Dam in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. The Murum Dam in Sarawak is nearing completion, with the impoundment of the reservoir expected to be finished by late 2014. Bruno Manser Fonds 2013 Since September 20th, over 200 Penans from dam affected villages have set

Human Rights Violations at Murum Dam Site: Urgent Concerns

Sunday, November 10, 2013
The following letter was sent on behalf of international, regional, and national organizations to express urgent concerns over the threats, intimidation and criminalization of Indigenous Penan families protesting at the Murum Hydroelectric Dam site in Sarawak. It can be downloaded here: Human Rights Violations of Penan Indigenous Protesters at Murum Dam Site Monday 11th November, 2013 Dato’ Sri Mohammed Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak Office of the Prime Minister Main Block, Perdana Putra Building Federal Government Administrative Centre 62502 Putrajaya, MALAYSIA Via e-mail:

Tibetan Village Stops Mining Project Near the Nu River

Mount Kawagebo
Mount Kawagebo Mount Kawagebo (or Kawagarbo) rises 6,740 meters above sea level – the tallest peak in Yunnan Province, China. Its eastern side is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Area UNESCO World Heritage Site (whose rivers – the Nu, Lancang, and Jinsha – are under threat by a number of proposed dam and mining projects). It is one of the most sacred mountains in Tibetan Buddhism and is visited by 20,000 pilgrims each year. To the local people, who also act as stewards of the sacred mountain, any destruction of the mountain body is u

People’s Power Blocks Dam Construction in Northeast India

Activists return turbines for Lower Subansiri Dam to sender
Activists return turbines for Lower Subansiri Dam to sender With more than 150 dams proposed for construction and 11 projects in operation, Northeast India is one of the hotspots of global dam building. The biggest project under construction is the Lower Subansiri Dam on the border between the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Social movements have organized massive protests against the mega-project in the Himalayan foothills over several years. In a huge success, they have just managed to send the turbines for the project back to the sender. As we have documented in our report, Moun

Indigenous Leaders Call Attention to Destructive Amazon Dams During European Tour

Almir Narayamoga Surui and Sheyla Yakarepi at protest outside BNDES office in London
Almir Narayamoga Surui and Sheyla Yakarepi at protest outside BNDES office in London Over the past two weeks, I had the privilege of joining indigenous leaders from Brazil and Peru on a tour of four cities in Europe, aimed at raising public awareness and stepping up international support for their campaigns against socially and environmentally destructive dams in the Amazon. The indigenous delegation, also accompanied by colleagues from Amazon Watch and Rainforest Foundation-UK, had a busy and varied agenda in each of the cities we visited, including public seminars, street demonstrations,

Anti-Dam Protests Get Louder in Northeast India

Friday, December 10, 2010
From December 2010 World Rivers Review Over the past several months, protests against big dams in northeast India have been a regular feature in the headlines. What initially started as student's movement against big dams in the state of Arunachal Pradesh has now snowballed into becoming a major election issue for next year's election in the state of Assam. Spearheading the anti-dam protest in Assam is the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a peasant movement which has declared that political parties supporting the construction of mega- dams in Assam would be voted out. Giving a call of

Ethiopia: River Defenders Kidnapped While Mines and Dams Advance

Main road in Awassa
Main road in Awassa Oliver Benson It’s been more than a week since anyone has heard from three students kidnapped from the Awassa University campus in southern Ethiopia by government security forces, according to the Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa (HRLHA). Whereabouts of the students, Nagga Gezaw, Dhaba Girre, and Jatani Wario, is still unknown. The students were part of a local movement in southern Ethiopia which has called on their government to address river contamination, unpaid compensation and other problems caused by the Lega Dembi open pit gold mine. Several student-led

Acting Up for Climate Change

A “swoop” of activists outside the European Climate Exchange, October 2009.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
From World Rivers Review December 2009 A “swoop” of activists outside the European Climate Exchange, October 2009. Mike Russell I was a bit puzzled earlier this month when the new intern in our office - a conscientious sort - didn't show up to work all week. It all made sense when I finally got a call from her saying that she had just gotten out of police custody after having spent two nights camped high up on a smoke stack on a coal-fired power station in Oxford. As far as not coming to work excuses go, it's pretty water-tight. It's been a busy year for climate activis

Nationwide Protests in Germany Against German Banks' Investment in Turkey’s Ilisu Dam

Friday, November 30, 2007
Contact: Ercan Ayboga, Heike Drillisch Kurdish groups and NGOs organized demonstrations outside local branches of the German Sparkasse (Savings Bank) and Deka Bank in eleven German towns today. The protests are targeting the two banks financial support of the controversial Ilisu dam in south-eastern Turkey that will submerge the ancient city of Hasankeyf. Deka Bank alone is underwriting construction of the hydropower project with more than 100 Million Euros. “With the financial contribution from DekaBank, more than 55,000 people will be deprived of their livelihoods,” says Ercan A

Protest Opens Global Dams Conference

Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Initiative to Keep Hasankeyf Alive – Fools of Munzur – Association for Conservation of Munzur Valley and Natural Life – Yusufeli Culture Association – WEED – International Rivers Antalya, Turkey -- Dam-threatened people today demonstrated at a major dam-building conference in Turkey to call attention to major problems with Turkish dam development. Attendees at the organization’s annual world congress in Antalya, Turkey were met with a huge banner declaring "No development, but destruction by many dams in Turkey." "Members of the International Hydropower Associ


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