Book Review: Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia

By Tue, Mar 31, 2015 8:26AM UTC

‘Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia’ by Lukas Straumann is a controversial book that uncovers the modus operandi of a multi-billion timber industry accused of wiping out the ancient rainforests of Sarawak, home of the last nomadic tribes of Southeast Asia in the heart of Borneo, Malaysia.

Malaysia detains notorious ‘Viking’ poaching vessel

By Mon, Mar 30, 2015 7:36AM UTC

Another major blow has been dealt to illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean with the detention of the Nigerian-flagged poaching vessel, Viking, in Malaysia – bringing a total of three notorious illegal fishing vessels and their crew in for interrogation this fishing season. Nigerian-flagged the Thunder was de-registered last week making it officially stateless. Kunlun, meanwhile, is in Thailand’s detention.

Agency: 4,000 fishermen stranded on some Indonesian islands

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 5:29PM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says an estimated 4,000 fishermen are stranded on a handful of islands in Indonesia, including men revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Steve Hamilton, the group’s deputy chief of mission in Indonesia, says many of the men

Bali Nine: Envoy says Indonesia leader Joko Widodo too busy to take Australia call

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 3:46PM UTC

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Indonesian envoy says that Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been too busy during the past three weeks to accept a phone call from the Australian prime minister to plead for the lives of two death row prisoners.

ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 12:16PM UTC

The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the conversation at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur next month. Sombath is a victim of enforced disappearance, and was kidnapped in Vientiane, Laos, in 2013. The Laos government has consistently denied involvement or refused to provide real information about the missing civil society leader, and his case has come to represent one of the most egregious human rights offenses still committed in the ASEAN countries.