In a shocking revelation, Prince Harry is facing mounting pressure to cut ties with a conservation charity, African Parks, after an investigation by Survival International uncovered allegations of an armed militia engaging in human rights atrocities in Africa.
The charity, which manages national parks in 12 African countries, has been accused of brutalizing the Baka, an indigenous people subjected to intimidation and theft of their rainforest.
Prince Harry, who served as the charity’s president for six years before joining its governing board of directors last year, is now urged to distance himself from the organization by Survival International.
The charity’s director, Caroline Pearce, expressed dismay at the heinous abuses committed by African Parks rangers against the Baka people, calling for real change and emphasizing Prince Harry’s potential role in bringing about positive transformations.
Survival International had previously written a letter to Prince Harry in May, detailing instances of violent intimidation and torture, including the rape of a young mother by a guard.
Despite the dismissal and imprisonment of the perpetrator, concerns about the charity’s complicity in the abuses persist.
A spokesperson for Prince Harry’s foundation, Archewell, stated that the Duke escalated the serious allegations to the appropriate authorities within African Parks upon becoming aware of them.
The charity, funded by the EU, the US government, and wealthy philanthropists, is now under scrutiny for its alleged involvement in the human rights violations.
African Parks responded by asserting a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for any form of abuse and committing to uphold the rights of local and indigenous people.
The charity acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations and launched an investigation through an external law firm, triggered by a letter from Survival International received by a board member.
As the controversy unfolds, Prince Harry’s association with the charity is in question, and the international community awaits the outcome of the investigation into the disturbing claims of human rights abuses in Africa.