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Rai Coast landowners want justice over illegal logging

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Something else from the ACT NOW! blog

By Dorotea Saidor

A company is illegally logging on land on the Rai coast in Madang without the consent of local people and is exporting their logs.

The illegal logging is happening at Bongu Village, Block 1 Raicoast, Astrolabay, Madang Province (near the crash site for Airlines PNG, Madang)

The logging contractor, G&S Limited, is blatantly and openly logging and cutting logs without consent from the landowners.

There has already been TWO high powered gun fights in the area, over this logging dispute between the landowners and the contractor.

In December 2011, the landowners managed to get a court order stopping the harvest and export of the logs. But the contractor is ignoring this, and still proceeding to harvest.

Now, they are preparing to export the logs. On Monday (6th Feb 2012) this week, the logging vessel was already at the logpond.

The landowners are prepared to mobilize and arm themselves to stop the shipment, using any means necessary. However, I hope that this can be resolved peacefully, through exposure and awareness in the media. Without violence and gunfights that may result in loss of life and property.

The landowners are already engaging their lawyer to file damages against the contractor, for illegal logging of resources. They are confident of winning the court case. Unfortunately, the court is just resuming from their break.

If the disputed logs are exported, the landowners will never see any money, even if they do win the court case later. They will only get a hollow victory. Like what happened to the unfortunate landowners who won 250 million kina against Concord Pacific in 2011, for illegal logging.

We call on the government to put a halt to the current log shipment, and wait for the coming court case against the contractor, G&S Limited.

Please help the landowners get justice.

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  1. Karsie
    February 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I hope it’s not RH again popping up under the guise of a different name as it always does.

  2. Las Island
    February 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Karsie, em ol RH yet yah.

    • sharry
      February 11, 2012 at 4:33 am

      they call me the tree mister

  3. Leah
    February 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Am I the only person here getting bloody angry over companies disrepect of people on their own land?? “High Powered rifles?” Get rid of these terrorists!

  4. kumana
    February 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I think its about time the landowners physically put a stop to this kind of ripoff. its gone on for far too long in this country with the stupid ministers being bribed by these asians..

    Get up and kick them out of your land..mannn..what a u waiting for…teach them a lession they will never forget and never come back to our country…in africa they are kidnapping these
    asisans ….we have to do this over we will be totally alinated in your soil…..

  5. sharry
    February 11, 2012 at 4:33 am

    i like trees.

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