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Global Witness welcomes Norwegian government disinvestment from predatory loggers Samling

Author: Global Witness, Published on: 24 August 2010

Global Witness today welcomed the Norwegian Government Pension Fund's decision to disinvest from the notorious Malaysian timber giant Samling. Global Witness has previously exposed illegal logging by Samling in Cambodia...The Norwegian government's decision follows an investigation which documented "extensive and repeated breaches of the licence requirements, regulations and other directives governing the company's forest operations in Sarawak, Malaysia and Guyana". In the 1990s Global Witness revealed that Samling was illegally sourcing timber from a Cambodian wildlife sanctuary. The company has since faced serious allegations of illegal logging in Papua New Guinea and Guyana and has been at the centre of a bitter conflict with the Penan minority in Borneo, who have claimed that Samling has abused their rights and destroyed their livelihoods. [also refers to Alpha Logging & Atlantic Resources, Southeast Resources]

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