Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation insists WWF must fully investigate “extremely concerning” human rights allegations

01:24 PM | 11 Mar, 2019
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation insists WWF must fully investigate “extremely concerning” human rights allegations
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LAHORE - Conservation group WWF has said it will commission an independent investigation into a media report alleging it backs anti-poaching units responsible for murder, torture and other serious rights abuses.

According to an in-depth Buzzfeed investigation into anti-poaching practices across six countries, which was published on Monday, the World Wide Fund for Nature funds "vicious paramilitary forces" who have killed and tortured people in national parks in Asia and Africa.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has called on the World Wide Fund for Nature to fully investigate evidence of human rights abuses by anti-poaching guards it backs at wildlife parks around the world and “provide the public with a full and transparent accounting of their findings”.

A spokesperson for his foundation said last night: “The allegations against WWF are extremely concerning. The entire LDF team is committed to funding the most effective environmental projects across the globe, and holds all of its grantee partners - including WWF - accountable to abide by international law and human rights best practices. We urge WWF to complete an independent, comprehensive review of these allegations, and provide the public with a full and transparent accounting of their findings while taking all appropriate corrective measures.”