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WWF linked to more human rights abuses

Readers will no doubt remember the scandalous tale of WWF thugs attacking forest peoples in Cameroon. But apparently it doesn't stop there. French TV station Canal Plus has recently uncovered widespread human rights abuses in the WWF-sponsored Kanha Tiger Reserve in India. There's a transcript of the programme here. the Kanha Reserve, 2200 families are affected. Some villages...will be resettled. Others...simply removed, with no place for their inhabitants to stay. From this document we learn that resettlements began forty years ago and that dozens of villages...have been eradicated like the others. We also find that, in the two other reserves on Nouvelle Frontières' tour, people are being moved left, right and centre. 2374 more families. At least 22,000 people resettled. 

 Some of these tribes are apparently thought to have been living in the forest for 20,000 years.

The director of Survival International, a charity that tries to defend native peoples from threats such as those posed by the environmentalists is quoted as saying:

So-called ‘conservation’ continues to destroy tribal peoples as it has for generations. They’ve never threatened the tigers, who would do better if the tribes remained and the tourists stopped. Tribal peoples are generally better conservationists anyway than industrial-sized NGOs like WWF which stand by in silence while the parks forcibly evict people like Sukhdev and his family. It’s time these evictions are stopped and this scandal exposed.

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Reader Comments (12)

... recently uncovered widespread human rights in ...

Is there perhaps a word or two missing here?

Jul 28, 2015 at 3:16 PM | Registered Commentersteve ta

"abuses" or "violations" perhaps.

Jul 28, 2015 at 3:18 PM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

The truly sad thing here is that none of this is surprising.


Jul 28, 2015 at 4:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

It is the raison d'etre, for the eco-taliban to attempt to destroy people, in their quest to create their vision of the perfect wildlife habitat. They strive to reduce the industrial complex and the world population at the same time.
These villagers and others in similar circumstances, are just in their way and hence are disposable.

The older I get, the less shocked I am, but no less disgusted that they get funded for this, and that the media either turns a blind eye, or condones it.

Jul 28, 2015 at 4:34 PM | Unregistered Commentermikegeo

With the WWF wasting its money on providing Tigers with composting toilets, it should give the polar bears a chance to get on with doing what polar bears know best.

In the meantime, is there a UN list of indigenous tribes facing extinction due to WWF ruthless policies on deciding who and what has a right to life?

World Wide Fascism needs more money now, to oppress people with a history of respect for the natural world, as they get in the way of the master plan, as drawn up by mindless idiots.

Jul 28, 2015 at 5:12 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Golf Charlie: Little chance of the polar bears getting on with what they do best when they are continually looking over their shoulder expecting another climate scientist to sneak up on them with a tranquiliser dart, all in the name of climate science you understand.

Jul 28, 2015 at 5:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn B

How dare people get in the way of WWF fluffy toys!

Jul 28, 2015 at 5:47 PM | Unregistered Commentercharmingquark

If the Israelis had done this and not the WWF then we would already have heard all about it from the BBC, Channel 4, the Guardian and various protest groups.

Jul 28, 2015 at 6:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Here is the Survival video (in French) -
See it before the WWF lawyers "disappear" it.
As they did with "the Dark Side of the Panda" video, that the book Panda Leaks is based upon, and that the WWF delayed for weeks. WWF: what a fun-filled organisation .. or not?

Jul 28, 2015 at 7:57 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrady

Is there a picture of Russell Seitz with his lion?

Jul 29, 2015 at 1:01 AM | Unregistered Commenterdiogenes

The wider moral problem for the green movement is that they do not look at unintended consequences. Species extinction is a bad thing, and the WWF have experts who "know" the the correct policies to prevent this. Whether the policy works or not, or whether in the broader sense it does more harm than good, it something that they do want to consider. I am of an increasing opinion that the employment of propagandists and lawyers by the green movement in general to shut down alternative viewpoints, is to save themselves from having to recognize that their dogmatic view of the world is limited.

Jul 29, 2015 at 9:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterKevin Marshall

Takes our thoughts back to the likes of Hitler, "nice" Joe Stalin and his Chinese offshoots. But why do governments support these people killers? WWF is patently not a Charity within any meaning of the word, so no funding. Any government that hands them money is colluding in their evil ways!

Jul 29, 2015 at 10:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterDerek Buxton

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