Geneva — Conservation group WWF has said it will commission an independent investigation into a media report alleging it backs antipoaching units responsible for murder, torture and other serious rights abuses. According to an in-depth BuzzFeed investigation into antipoaching 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. Such antipoaching units have shot and murdered dozens of people, attacked indigenous villagers with machetes and beaten them unconscious and carried out other violations, including sexual assaults. BuzzFeed said WWF equipped and worked with such guards, and accused the conservation group’s staff of turning a blind eye to abuses carried out during their crackdown on poaching. In a statement released on Monday, WWF said it took such allegations “seriously” and would commission “an independent review to look into ...

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