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PNG [Papua New Guinea] timber workers 'treated like slaves'

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Company response
15 March 2006

Response by Rimbunan Hijau: Dangerous working conditions and sub-standard housing for loggers, according to PNG MP & Labour Department official.

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Article
8 March 2005

Forest industries slam World Bank [Papua New Guinea]

Author: Post-Courier [Papua New Guinea]

The Forest Industries Association yesterday lashed out at the World Bank for orchestrating moves by United States banking giant Citigroup to get Rimbunan Hijau to adopt its new environment policies. The executive officer of the timber industry’s lobby group, Bob Tate told the Post-Courier the international bank was secretly determined to shut down Papua New Guinea’s timber industry... [refers to Rimbunan Hijau]

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Article
6 March 2005

Criticisms of company based on oldreports: RH [Rimbunan Hijau]

Author: National [Papua New Guinea]

The Rimbunan Hijau Group has said recent media criticisms of the company were based on “old reports” that had previously been repudiated by the National Government’s Department of Labour. [also refers to Citibank (part of Citigroup)]

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Article
3 March 2005

Log pressure up [Papua New Guinea]

Author: Post-Courier [Papua New Guinea]

A coalition of environmental, union and ecoforesty groups yesterday called on Forestry Minister Patrick Pruaitch to resign, alleging he allowed corrupt practices by foreign logging firms...speakers said the Government had for too long allowed unsustainable and illegal logging in PNG to the great disadvantage of local landowners and PNG workers...[refers to Rimbunan Hijau]

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Article
24 February 2005

PNG [Papua New Guinea] timber workers 'treated like slaves'

Author: AAP [Australian Associated Press]

Papua New Guineans are being treated like slaves and forced to live in appalling conditions in logging camps run by a Malaysian timber giant...Huon Gulf MP Sasa Zibe...called on Forestry Minister Patrick Pruaitch to expel the company, Rimbunan Hijau, from PNG...Pruaitch...said many unfair criticisms were levelled against logging companies...

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