Friday, June 14, 2013

Australian activists face sentencing for Ta Ann protests

Bruno Manser Fonds <bmf@bmf.ch>

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends,

Today, 13 June 2013, Australian NGO campaigners are facing court over their protests against the destructive logging practices of Malaysian logging giant Ta Ann in Tasmania's old-growth forests.

Ahead of the trial, Huon Valley Environment Centre have released a campaign video and are asking for donations to help pay fines incurred:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87TDCYKkCnU

Ta Ann is chaired by Hamed Sepawi, the cousin of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. Sepawi holds stakes in at least 84 companies in Malaysia and is one of the key cronies and suspected nominees of the Chief Minister.

Among other roles, Hame Sepawi is also the chairman of Sarawak Energy, who are planning a series of controversial hydropower dams in Borneo, and he is the controlling shareholder of Perkapalan Damai Timur, a company involved in a logging controversy in Liberia through its subsidiary, Atlantic Resources.

Please watch the video and support our Australian friends' campaign with a donation.

Your BMF team
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