Malaysia's Meenakshi Raman

The victory is bittersweet for Malaysian lawyer Meenakshi Raman. In 1997, she lost a court fight to block the $5.4 billion Bakun Dam, which would have displaced 10,000 Sarawak tribespeople from an area larger than Singapore and destroyed tropical rainforests. But now, the economic crisis has forced the government to postpone the project indefinitely.

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