Court Voids Malaysian Palm Oil Giant’s Leases on Native Lands

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Des tribus Penan bloquent l’exploitation de la forêt dans l’état du Sarawak en Malaisie en 2009. Ils protestent contre l’exploitation de leurs terres ancestrales. © AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN

A native community on the Tinjar River in the Malaysian part of Borneo has won an important legal battle against the Sarawak state government and a subsidiary of IOI, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies.

Twelve years after the natives’ class action lawsuit was filed, the Miri High Court Wednesday declared leases of Kayan native customary lands “null and void” because they had been issued by the Sarawak state government to IOI Pelita in an illegal and unconstitutional manner.

Environnemnt News Service

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