Hornbill Unleashed

July 6, 2010



Following the findings of the National Taskforce Report of September 2009 (Laporan Jawatankuasa Bertindak Peringkat Kebangsaan Bagi Menyiasat Dakwaan Penderaan Seksual Terhadap Wanita Kaum Penan Di Sarawak), which confirmed cases of sexual violence and exploitation of Penan women and girls, a group of non-government organisations set out to investigate further the situation in Sarawak when informed that there were other Penan  women and their families who wanted to share their stories of sexual violence and exploitation.

National and regional NGOs comprising the Penan Support Group, FORUM-ASIA and Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN)document new evidence in light of Sarawak state government leaders’ repeated refusals to acknowledge that Penan girls were sexually abused by timber workers and their apparent rejection of the National Taskforce Report findings.

The fact-finding report, A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia, will be launched in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching today.

Hornbill Unleashed readers can download the fact-finding report here, after the launch.



  1. Do not forget that the mission also calls on NGOs to assist the Penan and work with them to develop strategies to combat sexual violence, and empowerment programme for the women, among others. Who want to take up the challenge?

    Equally important to note that state assemblymen and MPs are urged to debate on the reports.

    Comment by mc wong — July 6, 2010 @ 4:05 PM | Reply

  2. To our beloved Tan Sri Musa Hassan (IGP) and Datuk Abdul Ghani Patail (AG)

    What would you do to bring justice to the Penans ?

    Would you do the right things and right the wrongs ?

    The ball is at your feet now !

    Comment by PH Chin — July 6, 2010 @ 2:05 PM | Reply

  3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10505214.stm

    Indigenous Australians win more rights.

    Comment by Phua Kai Lit — July 6, 2010 @ 11:50 AM | Reply

  4. Let’s hear it today.

    Rape is a kind of head hunting; here you chop maidenheads.

    Taib and Najib lie everyday, probably in their sleep, too. Another big liar is that Muhyiddin. He wants to dig his heels deep in head hunting. They’re more concerned about managing talents and hight income.

    If we could bring education into the rural and jungle communities and uplift them our human citizens, the effort would require enough trials and tribulation to breed and expose latent talents.

    But as Minister of Education Muhyiddin is more concerned about emulating the Tokoh Nilam hero!

    Comment by Watcha — July 6, 2010 @ 9:42 AM | Reply

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