Lukas Straumann

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A historian by training, Lukas Straumann is the executive director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a human rights and environmental organization that champions the rights of the indigenous peoples of Borneo.

Lukas was born near Basel, Switzerland, in 1969. He holds a phD in history from Zurich University and worked as a research fellow with the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland – Second World War. His first book, Nützliche Schädlinge, covered the history of applied entomology and the discovery of DDT.

His latest book, Money Logging, highlights the role of corruption as a key driver of tropical deforestation.

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“The judgment, handed down by Judge Ian Chin of the Sarawak High Court, demonstrated astonishing independence from the Malaysian government. Chin knew the price of that independence. After a much-maligned judgment against a politician belonging to the ruling Barisan National government in 1998, he had been verbally threatened by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and then enrolled in a five-day boot camp with other judges for “re-educational” purposes. While there, the primacy of the government’s interests was hammered into the judicial civil servants.3 Crushing the independence of the courts was done systematically under Mahathir. In 1988, the autocratic Premier had arbitrarily dismissed the country’s top judge, Lord President Salleh Abas, thereby keeping the remaining judges on a short lead.4 Even today, in 2014, Malaysia’s judges still have difficulty ruling independently when government interests are at stake.”
Lukas Straumann, Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia

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