Baram Dam Scrapped: Land Rights Returned to Communities!
In a letter dated March 15, 2016 the Sarawak government revoked the gazette that extinguished Native Customary Rights in the Baram Dam construction zone and reservoir and restored the land rights to the people of Baram! This means that the government has no claim on the land and cannot build the dam. Commenting on the move, Peter Kallang, the chairman of the grassroots network SAVE Rivers, said, “I congratulate the people of Baram for this great success and I pray that they will continue to fight for their rights and protection of the environment.. I hope that the chapter on Baram dam is now permanently closed.” This is a monumental victory for indigenous rights and the environment! Read the full press release from SAVE Rivers here.