The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has agreed to investigate a complaint that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has funded human rights abuses in Cameroon.
Survival International submitted the complaint in February 2016. The 228-page complaint document submitted by Survival International to the OECD includes many statements from indigenous Baka “Pygmies” in Cameroon about violence and harassment at the hands of WWF-funded anti-poaching squads.
For example, this statement was given to Survival International in July 2014:
The wildlife officers arrived at night. They started to beat us right there on the road to Elandjoh. They said that we were hunting elephants but they didn’t find anything. They rummaged in our houses and found nothing. And after that they beat us and then carried on to their base.
There were three cars, and there were many of them, mixed with BIR [Bataillon d’lntervention Rapide]. I didn’t know their names.