WWF financially supported anti-poaching unit to commit human abuse

March 5, 2019 | Brainwave Science

SITUATION

The World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of conservation’s most prominent and respected organizations, but the powerful NGO now faces allegations of supporting and funding vicious paramilitaries and violent guards who allegedly tortured and killed scores of people in national parks across Africa and Asia.

According to a year-long investigation by BuzzFeed News and The Kathmandu Post, WWF is accused of supporting anti-poaching units that attacked, sexually assaulted, shot and killed indigenous people and villagers. WWF is also accused of providing paramilitaries forces with salaries, training and adequate supplies to raid villages.

The probe alleges its “war on poaching” is causing civilian casualties.

Human rights specialists and the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) will lead an independent review of the World-Wide Fund of Nature (WWF) conservation charity, following allegations of abuse in six countries.

In response, a WWF spokesperson said, “At the heart of WWF’s work are places and the people who live in them. Respect for human rights is at the core of our mission. Human rights abuses are totally unacceptable and can never be justified in the name of conservation.”

In one of the most shocking finding from the investigation, the WWF became involved in a “botched arms deal” with a notorious army in the Central African Africa (CAR), infamous for horrific human rights abuses, including parading the severed heads of alleged criminals through the street.

During an interview, villagers in Nepal reported tortures, sexual assaults, and murders at the hands of Nepalese soldiers at Chitwan National Park, who received assistance from the WWF to protect the area’s one-horned rhinoceroses and other endangered species. Indigenous communities take the blunt of this violence because regulations allow them to be categories as “poachers” when they hunt animals in their ancestral lands to feed or protect their families. Most times, these stringent laws are used to justify violence even if no wrongdoing has occurred.

Stephen Corry, Director of Survival International, said, “This is the scandal that WWF has been covering up for decades. They spend its supporters’ money on funding violent and abusive environment protectors who assault, torture and even kill tribal people with impunity.”

According to the journalists behind this investigation, their work showed that the “beloved nonprofit with the cuddly panda logo” was funding a secret war.

CHALLENGE

Poaching is a billion-dollar industry that terrorizes animals and threatens some species’ existence. Organized poachers take advantage of regions ravaged by poverty and violence. The work of forest ranger is indeed perilous, according to 2018 reports, poachers killed nearly 50 rangers around the world. Unfortunately, hundreds of endangered animals are slaughtered every day for ivory trade and NGO like WWF’s goal is to fight and protect these animals and eliminate trafficking respecting the human rights. But the question to ask is who is the target- organized criminals or indigenous communities struggling to feed their families?

WWF vows to work hand in hand with indigenous communities and even has a written policy pledging that it will “not undetermined” their human rights.

The Buzzfeed allegations might be new, but concern over the issue and the Switzerland-based WWF isn’t. Thousands of human right abuse cases have come into limelight where conservation group have threatened the safety of indigenous communities around the globe. All this violence and human right abuses are been defended in the name of ‘conservation’ even if no wrongdoing has occurred. Rather than target the powerful individuals behind organized poaching, wildlife protectors and soldiers pursue villagers who hunt only to feed their families.

According to reports, many of the poachers caught following incidents are low-level criminals, often from poorer, rural areas around the park in desperate need of money to feed their families. They risk being detained or severe long-term prison sentences, while the international organized crime bosses evade punishment. The really question for the readers is, does governments, conservation groups and law enforcement agencies have adapted the best method and technique to eliminate poaching?

Several cases of poaching make headline every day. Cases like: Cambodian authorities seized more than 3 tons of rare African ivory hidden inside an abandoned shipping containers or 750 pieces of smuggled ivory and pangolin scales recovered in Uganda. Law enforcement agencies arrested suspects and seizes ivory and other banned animal parts but they always face the challenge to eliminate this trafficking and identify or arrest the mastermind behind organized poaching.

If the allegations on WWF are proven, then this could be one reason to investigate as to why law enforcement agencies fail to eliminate poaching and trafficking. It is necessary for the law enforcement agencies and the Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD) to identify the truth behind cases of human abuse. The best approach to identify the whole truth in case of WWF and to protect indigenous communities and eliminate poaching and trafficking is to determine what crime-related information is stored in the accused rangers’ brain and identify the perpetrator from innocents without using inhuman intelligence-gathering methods.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

It is understood that the rate of poaching is extremely high and strict actions need to be taken, but these actions cannot come at the cost of injustice. Human right abuses are a violation of every good intention of any conservation group. According to an African victim testimony, “They see the Baka (indigenous communities in Africa) as animals, not as human. When they see us they only see Pygmies, thinking that we know nothing and that they can hit us when they want.”

With involvement of respected NGO-WWF, investigations for law enforcement agencies become more challenging and multifaceted because of the pressure from the international media and public. It is the duty of government and law enforcement personnel to prevent such human abuses in the name of ‘conservation’ and identify the victims of crossfire before they retaliate such as indigenous communities force to flee their land and in order to survive, they help poacher in desperation. Till now, law enforcement personnel relied on existing conventional investigative and intelligence-gathering tool to identify the perpetrator and eliminate organized poaching. However, these outdated tools are time taking processes, do not provide accurate results and do not reveal what information a suspect or victim possesses and is trying to conceal from the investigator.

iCognative by Brainwave Science provides an objective, scientific technology to distinguish between perpetrator and innocents by detecting the information stored in arrested suspect’s mind. iCognative detects specific brainwave called P300 and P300 MERMER using a proprietary headset and the concealed knowledge is revealed with near-100% accuracy.  This powerful technology respect human rights and ensure the safety of innocent and animals without any error. iCognative accomplishes this by matching crime-related information from an infallible witness- the human brain, with nearly perfect accuracy without any necessity of physical evidence. This technology is the only hope for law enforcement personnel to reveal the truth behind WWF involvement, protect the victims and identify the mastermind behind organized poaching.

iCognative is the only technology in the security market that guarantees the safety of indigenous communities and villagers trapped in crossfire due to lack of information or evidence. Law Enforcement agencies can utilize iCognative technology in such complex situation where they need substantial information and evidence to identify the mastermind behind organized poaching. In this case, all necessary crime-related information collect by BuzzFeed could be accessible and verified with almost perfect accuracy once a 45-minutes iCognative test is conducted by law enforcement personnel on accused rangers. Information such: WWF involvement behind human abuses, where WWF employees were aware about such act, how they were supporting, information about botched arms deal, details related to finance, identification of mastermind or key member of this ring, identification of corrupt rangers and soldiers, details of previous crimes committed by Eco-guards, verification of testimonies of witnesses and victims, etc.,  would be easily available to law enforcement personnel to investigate this case in the right direction once the test is completed and further provide evidence and information about the masterminds and victims who still face such cruelty.

An assigned investigator uploads all investigative details related to this and previous crime into the iCognative system protocol. The system records and analyzes the brain prints when case related known and confidential information (together called Stimuli) is flashed to the suspects on a digital screen in the forms of pictures, phrases or words and determine with over 99% accuracy what information suspect or victim possess and/or trying to conceal from the investigator. iCognative understand the urge to protect the habitat and eliminate poaching before the significant loss, therefore, its goal to provide accurate information and protect innocent before they had to suffer any further.

Brainwave Science’s iCognative is the only hope of government and law enforcement agencies around the globe to protect their respective habitat that include indigenous communities without promoting inhumane methods and win the war against poaching and trafficking which has not only endangered animal species but increased civilian casualties.

 

Main Source

BBC

Picture Source

BuzzFeed