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US Human Rights Report Shines Spotlight on Penan Tribe

A new US government human rights report has highlighted the Penan tribe’s battle to protect their rainforests in Sarawak, in Malaysian Borneo, from logging.

The US State Department report, released April 8, 2011, cites claims by indigenous rights groups that Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s government has leased thePenan tribe’s land “to logging companies and land developers in exchange for political favors and money”.

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