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Anti-poaching guards backed by the World Wide Fund for Nature gang-raped women and tortured villagers by tying their penises with fishing lines, according to the charity’s own investigators. WWF told its partners to treat the findings in a “non-public fashion.” ...
But it can now be revealed that WWF failed to disclose the report to a Congressional committee investigating whether US aid money funded human rights abuses — until executives learned that BuzzFeed News was preparing to publish its findings this week.
Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the Democratic chair for the House Committee on Natural Resources, and ranking Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, said the findings were “horrific and disturbing” and the investigation would now be “aggressively pursuing these allegations and the role U.S. taxpayer dollars may have played in supporting activities resulting in these atrocities.”
“The United States cannot and must not be a party to violations of basic human rights,” their joint statement said.
A Republican aide from the committee said lobbyists working for the charity had only provided a redacted version of a report this week, after BuzzFeed News sent the charity detailed questions, and “more than three months after the Committee initially requested documents and information from WWF.”
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