Malaysia's human rights commission has turned down a demand by tribespeople
from the remote jungles of Borneo island to investigate the death of a tribal
elder who had campaigned against commercial logging.
The government's Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, known by the Malay acronym
Suhakam, said Wednesday that it would let police carry out the investigation
into the death of Kelesau Naan, 70, to determine if he was murdered, as alleged
by some villagers.
Naan, who spearheaded the Penan tribe's fight against loggers near Long Kerong
village in Sarawak state, disappeared in October while on a solo hunting trip.
Villagers found his skeletal remains and some of his belongings near a river in
Villagers say some of his bones were broken, leading them to suspect he was
Human rights commissioner Mohamad Hirman Ritom said the commission would discuss
next week whether to send its own ...