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Company Response

7 Sep 2014

Sarawak Energy

Sarawak Energy response

Sarawak Energy’s response to the report “No Consent to Proceed: Indigenous Peoples' Rights Violations at the Proposed Baram Dam in Sarawak”  7 September 2014

...Sarawak Energy rejects the main assertions of that Report…Sarawak Energy would like to stress that all dam projects will only be constructed once the Social Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) are complete. Prior to the SEIAs, viability and feasibility studies and engagements with the potentially affected people are conducted, with absolute transparency…If the SEIA identifies that the planned projects are feasible, then Sarawak Energy will work with the local communities to ensure the projects are met with community’s approval and support. If this is not achieved, then alternatives are explored. In the case of Baram, Sarawak Energy categorically denies that our appointed consultant had threatened any of the villagers in the area in the implementation of the SEIA study…[T]he allegations of (i) Denial of Right to Information and Lack of Transparency, (ii) the Denial of the right to free, prior and informed consent, (iii) use of coercion, threats and intimidation and (iv) lack of access to remedies, are merely rhetorical tactics designed to attack the State Government…