The actor shared his 2016 Golden Globe with “indigenous communities all over the world” – however he’s a outstanding public backer and board member of the worldwide mega-charity implicated in human rights abuses.
The Basis has referred to as on the World Broad Fund for Nature to totally examine proof of human rights abuses by anti-poaching guards it backs at wildlife parks all over the world and “present the general public with a full and clear accounting of their findings”.
The actor sits on the US board of the worldwide mega-charity and his personal basis has labored alongside WWF for years in Nepal’s Terai Arc Panorama, the place rangers and troopers have been accused of crimes together with sexual assault, beatings and homicide.
A Information investigation uncovered on Monday how the beloved wildlife charity has for years funded and geared up paramilitary forces which have tortured and killed villagers dwelling close to the nationwide parks it helps.
DiCaprio’s determination to distance himself from WWF within the wake of the revelations will intensify stress on the charity’s different outstanding supporters, together with the British naturalist David Attenborough, the tennis participant Andy Murray, and the actor Christian Bale, who’ve to date declined to remark.
There is no such thing as a proof that DiCaprio knew of atrocities towards indigenous folks, and the actor has declined repeated requests to reply personally to the proof uncovered by buzviral.com Information.
However a spokesperson for his basis mentioned final evening: “The allegations towards WWF are extraordinarily regarding. All the LDF group is dedicated to funding the simplest environmental tasks throughout the globe, and holds all of its grantee companions – together with WWF – accountable to abide by worldwide regulation and human rights greatest practices. We urge WWF to finish an unbiased, complete overview of those allegations, and supply the general public with a full and clear accounting of their findings whereas taking all applicable corrective measures.”
WWF Worldwide has launched an unbiased inquiry in response to the revelations, whereas additionally saying that “a lot of assertions don’t match our understanding of occasions.” However internal documents reveal that WWF has beforehand commissioned different investigations which implicated rangers it funds in crimes towards indigenous folks, the outcomes of which have been by no means made public.
Indigenous activists in Nepal have lengthy drawn attention to a number of abuses by the anti-poaching forces who patrol the nation’s nationwide parks. Villagers have reported beatings, torture, sexual assaults, and killings by the park’s guards. They’ve accused park officers of confiscating their firewood and greens, and forcing them into unpaid labor.
The Leonardo Di Caprio Basis began working within the space in 2010, in accordance with a press release on WWF’s web site, with an intention to guard the nation’s tigers. The identical yr, the United Nations launched a report documenting six extrajudicial killings by military personnel patrolling two nationwide parks there. Park officers “performed an energetic position in obstructing legal accountability,” the report mentioned, by falsifying and destroying proof, falsely claiming the victims have been poachers, and pressuring the households of the victims to withdraw legal complaints.
In a single case, according to the UN report, troopers shot and killed two indigenous girls and a 12-year-old woman whereas they have been gathering tree bark at Bardiya Nationwide Park in 2010. The victims weren’t criminals, one other human rights report concluded, simply “very poor individuals who had hardly any supply of revenue.”
Neither report talked about WWF or made any findings about its relationship with the parks or their officers. The Basis says on its website that one main accomplishment is providing those parks with gear to “park and safety workers” and constructing guard posts across the protected areas.
The award-winning actor has repeatedly spoken about his help for indigenous rights and shared his 2016 Golden Globes win for “the Revenant” with “all of the indigenous communities all over the world.”