Fenced out of nature.
Outside Kruger National Park, the people who once lived inside may be the key to the reserve’s future.
Kruger National Park and the communities around its borders represent the global front line in the battle against rhino poaching. South Africa contains the largest remaining rhino populations in the world, and most of the killing is happening in and around Kruger.
In these villages, residents are caught in the middle of an escalating fight between poachers and conservationists — one that has grown in intensity and violence as prices skyrocket. Poor and dispossessed, these villages potentially hold the key to solving this crisis in the long run, and yet distrust runs deep.
Apr 09, 2018
The Corrupting of Conservation
Rhinos Wanted – Dead or Alive
Major gaps between South African and Namibian legislation that regulates the endangered species trade allowed for the sale of at least 13 white rhino bulls from a South African game park to a Russian big game hunting outfit in Namibia. Nine of these rhinos were found to have died.
Mar 06, 2018
Threats of eviction against indigenous Sengwer people continue in Kenya.
In an Urgent Action Alert, Amnesty International is asking people to write to the director of the Kenya Forest Service.
Feb 17, 2018
"Too scared to go into the forest.”
Complaint abandoned, but systematic human rights violations continue for indigenous Baka communities in Cameroon.
Jan 31, 2018
Kenya Flushes Out 'Criminals' in Forest Dispute After Sengwer Killing.
Security forces are flushing "criminal elements" out of a forest in western Kenya, an official said on Thursday, two days after a man was killed there, leading the European Union to suspend aid.
Jan 20, 2018
EU suspends Sh3.6 billion water project over Sengwer rights abuses.
The EU has suspended its Sh3.6 billion water towers initiative with Kenya following violent Sengwer community evictions, ambassador Stefano Dejak has said.
Jan 18, 2018
A call to action by Rain Forest UK.
Call to action for a “zero tolerance” policy concerning human rights abuses in conservation programmes.
This is an important campaign for justice but we ask whether all the potential parties to the injustices claimed are represented here. For example the letter fails to mention the French company Rougier or the French Government which ought to be concerned about the behaviour of an important French company whose interests the eco-guards were protecting.
Dec 09, 2017
Eco-guards accused of torture and extrajudicial killing in the Republic of Congo.
On 10 November 2017, a man died after being beaten and abused by eco-guards in the Republic of Congo. The 32-year old man, Freddy Ndadé, was arrested with two other men for alleged poaching. They were arrested in the Central African Republic, near the border with the Republic of Congo.
Dec 08, 2017