Written by April Porteria Sunday, 08 September 2013 18:10
Media Release from PAN-AP / 06 September 2013
Penang, Malaysia - Carrying the theme, “Empowering Communities, Protecting the Environment and Building Sustainable Livelihoods”, the PAN AP Congress, 2-4 September 2013 in Penang, Malaysia brought together 84 delegates from 23 countries.
In his keynote address, Rafael Mariano, National Chairperson of the Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP) emphasised the “unstoppable land-grabbing and plunder of natural resources by big local and foreign investors, and the tightening control of agro-chemical transnational corporations (TNCs) over food and agriculture has intensified landlessness, hunger and poverty.”
Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:03
By Arnold Padilla, PAN-AP
PENANG, Malaysia – In Sarawak, Malaysia, thousands of hectares of forests, where the Iban and Melanau indigenous groups have been living for centuries, are being cleared to give way to massive logging operations and palm oil plantations. Customary rights of the indigenous communities in Sarawak’s Sibu town – including the right to cultivate the land and the right to utilize the forests’ resources – are being violated by the government in favor of large private corporations, some of which have ties to the highest echelon of Malaysian bureaucracy.
Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:49
Imphal, Manipur - Last August 25, a public meeting cum mass rally was held at Hayel Hangool, Thoubal district that demanded de-commissioning of Ithai Barrage as well as Sekmai Barrage and demanded commensurate compensation for the paddy cultivation and fish farms inundated due to blocking of water currents by the two barrages. Earlier, excess water accumulated at Ikop Pat and Kharung Pat was drained out to Manipur river by a natural process and people settled around the two wetlands rarely faced flood situations. But since the past 30 years, people settled around Kharung Pat and Ikop Pat have been enduring artificial flood regularly after the course for draining out excess water was blocked by man-made barriers.
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