Human Rights and Protecting Cambodia’s Rainforests

Luke Hunt interviews Suwanna Gauntlett from the environmental group Wildlife Alliance.

Suwanna Gauntlett arrived in Cambodia in 2000 and through Wildlife Alliance has sought to protect the rainforests in the pristine Cardamom National Park, where she has trained rangers for the Special Forestry Task Forces and the Royale Gendarmerie Khmer.

Lately, however, her work has attracted controversy amid reports of bullying and intimidation of local farmers by wildlife officers, resulting in at least eight complaints to officials and a human rights NGO detailing alleged abuses since 2019.

Those complaints have been attributed to an as yet unpublished report by Human Rights Watch, which is expected to be released early next year.

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