（巴塞爾／瑞士）2位來自馬來西亞砂拉越的社運成员Komeok Joe 和 Peter Kallang榮獲布諾曼瑟奬。該獎項設立旨為紀念熱帶雨林英雄布諾曼瑟和獎勵捍衛環境和人權的人。
Komeok Joe 和 Peter Kallang一直為捍衛砂拉越原住民權益鬥爭，是首兩位榮獲布諾曼瑟奬的人。
《全馬原住民網絡》（Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia）成員Komeok Joe長期為砂拉越少數民族，尤其是本南人鬥爭。自1980年代，他積極捍衛砂拉越剩餘的原始森林，協助爭取本南人土地權。在Komeok Joe 與 Penan Selungo社區長期鬥爭之下，該區的原始森林仍保存至今日。
《拯救河流》SAVE Rivers主席Peter Kallang長期率領原住民反水壩，捍衛原住民人權。令人難以置信，他成功說服砂拉越州政府取消將導致20萬原住民流離失所的巴南水壩計劃。
Sarawak activists honoured in Switzerland
BRUNO MANSER FUND, BASEL / SWITZERLAND
26 May 2016 – for immediate release
Penan organizer Komeok Joe and anti-dams activist Peter Kallang from Malaysia receive prize for their commitment to the protection of Borneo’s rainforest and for defending indigenous rights
(BASEL / SWITZERLAND) Komeok Joe and Peter Kallang, two indigenous activists from Sarawak, Malaysia, have been honoured with the Bruno Manser Prize for Moral Courage. The Prize is named after rainforest hero Bruno Manser and honours personalities who have proven moral courage in defending the environment and human rights.
Komeok Joe and Peter Kallang are the first receivers of the new award and have been chosen for their outstanding commitment in defending indigenous rights in Sarawak:
Komeok Joe, member of Malaysia’s indigenous peoples network Joas, has been honoured for his enduring struggle for the rights of Sarawak’s indigenous peoples, especially the Penan. Since the late 1980s, he has tirelessly been working to protect Sarawak’s remaining primary forests and for the acknowledgement of the land rights of the Penan. Thanks to the commitment of Komeok Joe and the Penan Selungo communities, significant areas of primary rainforest have been preserved until today.
Peter Kallang, chairman of the grassroots network SAVE Rivers, has been honoured for his courage in defending indigenous livelihoods against the threat of dams. He and his fellow activists have reached the unbelievable, they managed to convince the Sarawak government to cancel the Baram Dam, which would have led to the resettlement of up to 20’000 indigenous people.
Kaspar Müller, representative of the Bruno Manser estate, praised the two activists in his laudation: “You receive this award in the name of all of us and we all do it with our deepest and profoundest respect for your long engagement in favour of the rights of indigenous people and for the protection of the rainforest. Congratulations and thank you for all what you have done and what you have achieved. Bruno Manser, who disappeared on the 25th May 2000, 16 years ago, would be very proud of you.”
Swiss activist Bruno Manser lived with the Penan in Borneo’s rainforest from 1984 to 1990. With his moral courage in defending the Penan’s rights against logging activities, he became an iconic figure of the international movement for forest protection. Bruno Manser disappeared in the year 2000 in Sarawak’s rainforest. Until today, his fate remains a mystery.