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Business and Human Rights

Responsible behaviour by Chinese companies: changes at home and abroad

2nd December 2014

Global Witness event at 2014 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights

16:15 – 17:45

Location: Palais des Nations, Room IX

Rigged? The Scramble for Africa's Oil, Gas and Minerals

8th February 2012
This report details the secrecy surrounding the allocation of oil contracts. Citizens don’t know who buys them, by what means nor how much money is involved. The report shows how this secrecy risks facilitating corruption and politicians looting oil revenues that should otherwise be used to benefit the world’s poorest people.

Bill Oddie's BankWatch

13th May 2013
This film takes a light-hearted look at a very serious issue. The UK’s biggest bank has so far made around £100 million by providing loans and services to some of the most destructive logging companies in the world, often in violation of its own policies.

The Great Rip Off Map

8th October 2014
This is a project to map the abuse of anonymous company ownership around the world.

European companies able to reap rewards from deadly conflict mineral trade

24th September 2014
The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Parliament. A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are bringing billions of euros worth of minerals into Europe without having to disclose if their purchases finance armed groups or human rights violations in countries ravaged by conflict.

[French version available here]

The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Parliament.

Global Witness Submission to the Report by the UN Secretary-General regarding the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

26th March 2012

Global Witness welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the report by the UN Secretary-General on how the United Nations system as a whole, including programmes, funds and specialized agencies, can contribute to the advancement of the business and human rights agenda and the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (‘UN Guiding Principles’). We believe the key areas for focus are via:

Towards a proactive business and human rights regime - A Global Witness paper to the Danish EU Presidency

31st May 2012

Background

Global Witness is a non-governmental organisation that for 17 years has run pioneering campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated human rights abuses. We have exposed the brutality and injustice that results from the fight to access and control natural resource wealth, and have sought to bring the perpetrators of this corruption and conflict to account.

Action urgently needed to stop off budget financing to Mugabe’s regime

23rd June 2012
The international community must act to prevent off budget financing of Mugabe’s feared secret police, said Global Witness in a report published today. The report, Financing a Parallel Government?, reveals that Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) appears to have received off budget financing from a Hong Kong-based businessman at the same time that the CIO is alleged to be engaging in a campaign to discredit key members of Zimbabwe’s opposition.

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The international community must act to prevent off budget financing of Mugabe’s feared secret police, said Global Witness in a report published today.