Biden Releases Funds Used By Central African Organizations To Commit Human Rights Atrocities

Without public fanfare, the Biden White House has reinstituted “conservation grants” to help fund human rights outrages in Central Africa that President Donald Trump had stopped.

The administration has not made any public statement about the policy change, but officials have confirmed it with the Interior Department. That confirmation came during a private meeting with the minority staff of the House Natural Resources Committee last month, according to the team for the Ranking Member of the committee, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR).

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) grants and uses U.S. taxpayer funds to promote international conservation programs. The funds were initially awarded conditions described as “social safeguards.”

It has been alleged that WCS, along with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE), hired persons described as “eco-guards” as part of their programs. Those eco-guards have allegedly committee multiple crimes for over a decade, including murder, torture, and physical abuse.

A 2019 report indicated that guards raped and beat four women, two of whom were pregnant at the time, and also hung three men by their genitals from a tree.

The eco-guards were purportedly hired to enforce anti-poaching laws to protect wildlife in Cameroon and the Congo. The Trump administration determined that the U.S. government did not have proper oversight of the CARPE programs.

President Trump’s Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt said that he concluded that the federal government did not have the “practical ability” to ensure that taxpayer funds were not going to people committing horrible crimes while acting as part of a grant program.

Bernhardt said that while he was not comfortable distributing funds to unmonitored persons allegedly involved in severe crimes, “apparently the Biden administration is.” Bernhardt froze $12.3 million in CARPE funding after the 2019 report surfaced. The House Natural Resources Committee started an investigation into the alleged crimes shortly after that.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) is a committee member and recently said that it is “now unclear” whether the frozen funding has been reinstated and if any safeguards have been put in place. He said that it is unacceptable for taxpayer money to be distributed for unauthorized purposes that lead to “deadly consequences.”

Westerman has also said that the accountability provisions currently in place are “not sufficient” to ensure that funds do not support “human rights abuses in the name of species conservation.”