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
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
“Pygmy” man pleads with Bronx Zoo organization after son is killed for conservation.
A Batwa “Pygmy” man has issued a desperate plea to the organization which runs New York’s Bronx zoo, after his 17-year-old son was shot dead by a park guard.
Oct 12, 2017
A young Batwa boy has been killed in a national park while trying to access traditional medicine.
On Saturday 26 August, the boy and his father were shot at by eco-guards. The father was badly wounded but escaped but his son was killed.
Sep 15, 2017
Protests in Bolivia Against Renewed Road Plans for TIPNIS Rainforest.
Community leaders and environmentalists rally to protect Isiboro Sécure National Park and Indigenous Territory, cause of massive 2011 protests.
Aug 15, 2017
Revealed: Bronx Zoo organization funds serious human rights abuses.
Vast swathes of the Bayaka's ancestral homelands in the Republic of Congo have been taken over without their consent by loggers and big conservation NGOs.
Jun 29, 2017
WWF and the Loggers.
A brief history of greenwashing in the Congo basin. A Survival Int. report.
"None of WWF’s partners that feature here has received or even sought the consent of the tribal peoples whose forests it is destroying. WWF should not enter any relationship with a company that fails to obey the law or respect tribal rights, something that it recognized when it drew up its policy on
human rights. Yet WWF has violated this policy time and again."
May 14, 2017
Billionaire's elephant-hunting safaris implicated in "Pygmy” abuses
Survival International has learned that an elephant-hunting safari operation jointly owned by a French billionaire has been implicated in human rights abuses against local Baka “Pygmies” and their neighbors, including illegal evictions and torture.
Nov 19, 2016