Collecting evidence and turning it into accountability
With the industrial scale of wildlife crime affecting communities and ecosystems all over the world, we share information to ensure wildlife criminals are brought to justice.
The Wildlife Justice Commission works in collaboration with partners in key fields across the globe and continually share information with national and international law enforcement agencies, intergovernmental organisations and NGOs – whether this be intelligence for immediate action, information on new trafficking trends and methodologies, confidential briefings and reports or covert film and images.
If, after providing the national authorities our evidence and attempting to engage and influence them through the national dialogue process, there is still insufficient action taken to disrupt the criminal networks identified, we can then convene a Public Hearing, always as a last resort.
The purpose of a Public Hearing is twofold: to persuade the relevant government to act upon the evidence provided; and to have the Case File validated by an independent, impartial panel of experts, which will submit recommendations for how best to ensure justice for wildlife.
In November 2016, we convened the only Public Hearing we have hold to date, concerning an 18-month investigation in Vietnam, where the Panel confirmed the Case File and offered recommendations to the Vietnamese authorities and other stakeholders.
Watch the summary video of the Public Hearing on Operation Phoenix held in the Peace Palace in The Hague in November 2016: