Gibson Guitars has finally faced the music. After nearly a year of crying foul, running to the Tea Party for political backing, seeking audience with every possible media outlet and hiring a DC lobbying firm to change the law under which it was being investigated, Gibson Guitars has acknowledged that it did, in fact, import […]
Gibson Guitars Finally Acknowledges U.S. Lacey Act Violations – Historic US$600,000 Penalties Sets a Clear Benchmark for Enforcement of EU Timber Regulation in March 2013 Gibson Guitars’ long overdue acknowledgement of Lacey Act violations – made in an August 6 Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the Unites States Government – has landed the firm with […]
EIA has received the sad news that Surjani Alloy, the leader of the Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN, an independent organisation comprising indigenous communities from various parts of the Indonesia archipelago), in West Kalimantan, died suddenly on Saturday. I have known and worked with Alloy for more than nine years and we have shared many […]
Long-term EIA partner Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto has this week been awarded one of Asia’s most prestigious accolades for his fearless work on the front lines of the fight against illegal logging in Indonesia. His citation on receiving the 2012 Ramon Magsaysay Award recognises his “courageous advocacy of natural resource management based on social and ecological justice, […]
Report exposes illegal activities and enforcement failings in Kalimantan LONDON: Systemic law enforcement failings threaten to make a mockery of Indonesia’s pledge to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions by enabling plantation companies to destroy carbon-rich peatlands with impunity, a report released today reveals. Testing the Law, jointly produced by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency […]
A report highlighting the criminal activities of an oil palm plantation company operating in Kalimantan, Indonesia, and the failures of various levels of government to properly investigate and prosecute. Download Testing the Law in Indonesian here. Read the original dossier submitted to the Indonesian authorities, in English and in Indonesian.