Indigenous & rights groups protest against Sarawak dam

In February 2013, National Geographic published an article "Megadam Project Galvanizes Native Opposition in Malaysia", highlighting indigenous and rights groups protests against a hydropower dam in Sarawak.  The protesters alleged that the dam would lead to displacement of indigenous communities and called on Hydro Tasmania, a dam operator and consultants, to withdraw from the hydropower project.  The article also referred to another news report, "Hydro Tasmania to Withdraw From Sarawak Dam-Building Program", which raised similar allegations.    

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hydro Tasmania to respond to the articles.  

In response, Hydro Tasmania referred us to this material:

Facts set aside by environmental campaigners, Hydro Tasmania, 2 Dec 2012 
Hydro Tasmania rejects national campaign, Hydro Tasmania, 27 Nov 2012 
Response to Sarawak criticism, Hydro Tasmania, 19 Oct 2012
SBS apologises to Hydro Tasmania for misrepresentation, Hydro Tasmania, 5 Sep 2012 
Hydro Tasmania rejects Sarawak dam building claims, Hydro Tasmania, 22 Aug 2012

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23 April 2013

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27 February 2013

Megadam Project Galvanizes Native Opposition in Malaysia

Author: Gan Pei Ling, National Geographic

...Natives from the tribes of Penan, Kenyah, and Kayan have taken to their traditional longboats…to voice opposition to the plan. Baram is one of seven big hydropower projects that Malaysia's largest state, Sarawak, is building in a bid to lure...

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5 December 2012

Hydro Tasmania to Withdraw From Sarawak Dam-Building Program [Malaysia]

Author: Environment News Service

Hydro Tasmania CEO Roy Adair said in a meeting with the Sarawak campaigners...that Hydro Tasmania will leave Sarawak by the end of 2013. In the meantime, they will fulfill their “remaining contractual obligations,” Adair told indigenous leaders...Adair...

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