Democratic Republic of Congo
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Global Witness's campaign on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) covers a broad range of issues relating to the exploitation of the country's rich and diverse natural resources. Resources such as timber, diamonds, gold, coltan and cassiterite have directly fuelled one of Africa's most brutal wars and have contributed to grave human rights abuses by Congolese and foreign actors.
Politicians, military and militia groups have plundered the country's natural wealth and used it to enrich themselves to the detriment of the population. Global Witness's campaign aims to document, expose and ultimately break these links.
Global Witness has also documented other problems in the natural resource sector in Congo, including extensive corruption, lack of transparency and life-threatening labour conditions. The findings of our research are published in reports, briefings and news releases which are widely distributed inside and outside the country.
Global Witness staff regularly visit Congo and neighbouring countries for in-depth field research and advocacy with Congolese and international actors. We also engage in dialogue with donor governments, United Nations agencies, international financial institutions and companies about ways of improving the management of the DRC's natural resources to ensure that they contribute to the development of the country and to raising the living standards of the Congolese population.
- 19.03.2012 | Global Witness Briefing: Agenda for Reform in the Natural Resources sector of the DR Congo
- 18.05.2011 | Congo's mineral trade in the balance: opportunities and obstacles to demilitarisation
- 12.05.2011 | Global Witness briefing to the British All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes
- 11.04.2011 | DR Congo must publish deals to prove its commitment to transparency
- 08.07.2010 | Do No Harm: A guide for companies sourcing from the DRC
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