The Hague, 28 April 2016: The Wildlife Justice Commission and Elephant Action League announce a new partnership, to use WildLeaks to share information, inform investigations and enhance existing efforts in combatting global wildlife crime.
Providing evidence of wildlife crimes to investigations can be risky for individuals on the ground or within authorities and criminal organisations. WildLeaks’ secure online platform, built on Tor technology, provides a safe, anonymous, space for reporting wildlife crime.
This new partnership will enable leads via WildLeaks to be extrapolated across Wildlife Justice Commission’s investigations, potentially leading to crucial new lines of enquiry and identification of corruption points in transnational organised criminal wildlife networks.
On the eve of the largest ivory burn in history (Nairobi, 30 April 2016) it is clear that tackling wildlife crime has never been so urgent. This partnership is another step in the co-operative global approach taken by both organisations in adding another dimension to existing efforts to combat global wildlife crime.
Andrea Crosta, Supervisory Board, Wildlife Justice Commission, and Founder of WildLeaks, said:
“Having been involved in the establishment and design of both organisations, I believe the natural synergies are clear. A single tip-off via WildLeaks may inform the direction of a global criminal network investigation by the Wildlife Justice Commission. Small fry very often leads to bigger players – this is a partnership we hope will help bring even more wildlife criminals to account.”
Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Executive Director, Wildlife Justice Commission, said:
“The one constant within our wildlife crime investigations is corruption. It is endemic to, and plays a facilitating role in, enabling transnational organised wildlife crime. We need whistle- blowers to help reveal evidence of such corruption but this is often a career-limiting or life- endangering request. Having a safe place for individuals to report wildlife crime, and the accompanying corruption, anonymously through WildLeaks, without fear of recrimination, will provide our investigations with potentially vital additional information”.
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