Posts Tagged with "indigenous-rights"

Malaysia Has A Choice To Make: Industry Or Rainforest?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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Malaysia Has A Choice To Make: Industry Or Rainforest?

It appears the Malaysian government has decided to allow its drive for industrialization to trump the preservation of some of the world’s most important natural resources. Do the two really have to be at odds in the 21st century? The county of Sarawak, in Malaysian Borneo, contains one of the oldest and most diverse rainforests [...]

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From The Field: A Customary Elder of the Malayu Addresses Asia Pulp and Paper

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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From The Field: A Customary Elder of the Malayu Addresses Asia Pulp and Paper

It’s a good thing RAN’s forest campaigner, Lafcadio Cortesi, speaks Bahasa Indonesian so well. Otherwise I almost certainly would have gotten in the car with the undercover intelligence agent who told me to come with him because he “wanted to practice his English.” We had just arrived in the small village of Siabu, in the [...]

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From The Field: RAN’s Work Pays Off In Indonesia

Thursday, July 7, 2011

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From The Field: RAN’s Work Pays Off In Indonesia

I’ve only been in Indonesia for a few days and already I’ve heard multiple accounts of intimidation, corruption, kidnapping, torture and even murder suffered by our allies here who have been bold enough to speak out and resist the destruction of their forests and villages by palm oil and pulp and paper companies. But I [...]

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Banks on Notice: Dump Enbridge!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Banks on Notice: Dump Enbridge!

As Canadians were casting their votes in the Federal Election, another important decision was playing out in the board rooms of Canada’s top banks: what to do with Enbridge, sponsor of the Northern Gateway Pipeline. Over the last several weeks, RAN  teamed up with First Nations of the Yinka Dene Alliance to put senior banking [...]

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Take Action: Make Girl Scout Cookies Rainforest Safe

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Take Action: Make Girl Scout Cookies Rainforest Safe

It’s pretty crazy to think that something as seemingly innocent as Girl Scout cookies could be contributing to rainforest destruction, the violation of Indigenous rights and the extinction of endangered species like orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos. Unfortunately, because Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) chooses to use rainforest destroying palm oil in a large majority of [...]

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IOI Group: Stop Undermining Indigenous Rights

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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IOI Group: Stop Undermining Indigenous Rights

Last Monday, IOI Group received an unexpected visit from a group of activists who delivered a large photo of the community of Long Teran Kanan, a community whose traditional lands have been converted to plantations by IOI Group. Along with this powerful photo, the group also delivered the following statement from Rainforest Action Network to [...]

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Reclaiming Stolen Lands: Indigenous Community Stands up to Global Palm Oil Giant

Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Reclaiming Stolen Lands: Indigenous Community Stands up to Global Palm Oil Giant

After fighting for the return of their ancestral lands for more than a decade, the people of Long Teran Kenan in Malaysian Borneo took a stand earlier this month and reclaimed part of their homeland with a decisive and peaceful act of collective resistance. Their territory had been taken from them and converted into oil [...]

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Giving to RAN: Kitty Jones

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Giving to RAN: Kitty Jones

Kyana Jones, also known as Kitty Jones, started a small cleaning business to raise funds for nonprofits, and chose RAN as one of the beneficiaries. After hearing about Kitty’s selfless efforts to raise support and awareness about protecting the environment and wildlife, I asked her if she would share her story with the RAN community [...]

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RBC Takes Step Away From Tar Sands

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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RBC Takes Step Away From Tar Sands

It took nearly two years, but today Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) finally adopted environmental and social standards on its financing in the tar sands. Great! So what does that mean? Clearly, it means a significant about-face on tar sands for one of the world’s biggest banks. Before today, RBC trailed its peers on basic [...]

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U.S. Announces Support for UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

Friday, December 17, 2010

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U.S. Announces Support for UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

With President Barack Obama’s announcement that the United States will “lend its support” to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the U.S. has at last joined the global consensus on this critical human rights issue. In a decision that reverses the position taken by the Bush administration in 2007, when the [...]

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