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
Tanzania has scrapped Otterlo Business Corporation’s hunting tourism concession in Loliondo
Tanzania has ended a 25-year-old hunting tourism deal with a United Arab Emirates company called Otterlo Business Corporation. The deal, set up in 1992, was reported to be in exchange for millions of dollars to Tanzania’s armed forces.
Nov 21, 2017
Tanzania ends hunting deal with Dubai royal family
*Natural Resources Minister says the Dubai-owned company will never be awarded another hunting licence, and suspended director of wildlife Alexander Songorwa for allegedly creating a syndicate of government officials in the ministry who have been compromised. *More than 2,796 animals and birds were killed in the 2007 and 2009 hunting seasons lasting four months each, with fears among the local people and conservationists that the animals could include endangered species. *The hunting sector contributes 90 per cent of the money used by the Tanzania Wildlife Authority.
Nov 15, 2017
Guest Post by Survival International:
“If the indigenous people haven’t given their consent, then WWF has no business being there”
For decades, alarm bells have been ringing over the human rights abuses that WWF is contributing to in the Congo Basin. In its attempt to defend itself (14 October), WWF shows that it is still deaf to these concerns, and prepared to mislead the public.
Nov 03, 2017
Wildlife Conservation Society partners with loggers in the Republic of Congo.
Indigenous Bayaka dispossessed
Oct 30, 2017
Kenya: Conservation and Indigenous peoples’ rights – not a zero sum game.
The preamble of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples sets out that “…respect for indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contributes to sustainable and equitable development and proper management of the environment”. Despite this emphatic international human rights standard, and the global leadership and commitment demonstrated by Indigenous Peoples throughout the world, some Indigenous communities in some parts of world continue to have their rights denied in the name of conservation.
Oct 25, 2017
WWF responds to Survival International’s criticisms:
“Protecting our planet is as much about respecting the rights of the people that depend on it as it is about protecting wildlife”
Recently, Survival International published a report titled, “How will we Survive?” It documents in detail the impact on indigenous communities of the national parks, logging concessions and trophy hunting zones that have been imposed on vast areas of land in the Congo Basin. The report is critical of the roles of the World Wildlife Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society have played in conservation in the Congo.
Oct 13, 2017