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Penan threathened with retaliations over rape allegations

Samling threatens Penan with retaliations over rape allegations
Logging giant threatens to suspend all transport services for locals unless Penan retract sexual abuse allegationsBy Bruno Manser FondsLONG AJENG, MALAYSIA. Malaysian logging giant Samling has threatened the indigenous Penan communities of Sarawak's Upper Baram region with the suspension of all transport services provided for locals unless they retract sexual abuse and rape allegations against the timber companies active in the region. The new dispute between Samling and the Penan arose after the release of a report by an international fact-finding mission in July 2010. The report had uncovered seven new cases of sexual exploitation of Penan girls and women in the Upper Baram region by timber workers and had asked the Malaysian government to address the grievances of the Penan communities.According to Penan sources, Jawa Nyipa, headman of Long Ajeng, was asked by Samling officials to sign a statement that th…