Friday, November 8, 2013

URGENT: Bruno Manser Fund calls on Malaysian police to release eight Penan arrested over Murum dam protest

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends,

We would like to draw your attention to the arrest of eight Penan tribesmen in Sarawak, Malaysia, during a protest against their forced resettlement to make way for the 944 MW Murum dam. The Penan were arrested today by the Malaysian police and brought to Belaga police station. 

The Bruno Manser Fund calls on the Malaysian authorities to immediately release the eight Penan and to halt the impoundement of the dam until an agreement on fair resettlement conditions has been reached.

The arrests are the latest escalation in a protest wave against a dam-building spree in the Malaysian state on Sarawak. The Murum dam is one of of twelve dam projects  planned by Sarawak Energy, a state-owned company directed by Norwegian national Torstein Dale Sjøtveit. Swedish-Swiss power conglomerate ABB is one of a number of foreign companies involved in the construction of the Murum dam.

Last week, the Bruno Manser Fund filed a corruption complaint against Mr. Sjøtveit in Norway because Sarawak Energy had granted contracts worth USD 196 million to a company related to the son of Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

Your BMF team

Read more on the latest arrests under:

Bruno Manser Fonds Socinstrasse 37 4051 Basel Switzerland

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