Global Witness recommendations for the Post-2015 UN Development Goals
With the final meeting of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals taking place next week, Global Witness is pushing for clear goals and targets on land rights, forest management, and anti-corruption to be shortlisted.
Click here to read our joint statement with the International Land Coalition, Oxfam and others highlighting the importance of clear indicators for secure and equitable rights to land and natural resources.
Briefing: Japan’s timber imports fuelling rainforest destruction in Sarawak and violation of indigenous land rights
The tropical rainforests of Borneo are internationally recognized for their cultural and ecological significance, but they are under serious threat from unsustainable logging and agriculture. This threat is particularly acute in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, where rampant unsustainable and often illegal logging, increasingly followed by clearance for palm oil and timber plantations, is resulting in one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world.
Civil society coalition letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Afghanistan's draft mining law
A coalition of 29 Afghan and international civil society organisations wrote to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to urge him to use his influence to strengthen the draft mining law then before the lower house of the Afghan parliament - rather than passing the law by decree during the parliamentary recess. The letter asked the President to ensure the law was changed to include:
The case for human rights due diligence: Global Witness’ comments for Tripartite Meeting on Responsible Sourcing of Precious Stones
Across the globe the trade in diamonds and coloured stones is associated with conflict and human rights abuse. Concerns about these issues in countries such as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe demonstrate that existing responsible sourcing initiatives are failing to fully address the problems.
There is an urgent need for consensus around a more comprehensive and effective approach to ensuring that companies involved in precious stones supply chains are not causing harm through their operations.
South Sudan: the call for a moratorium on new oil contracts
Myth Buster: The conflict minerals provision
Best known as the ‘conflict minerals provision,’ but Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act is a law that requires US-listed companies that use four minerals—tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold—in their products to determine whether their mineral purchases inadvertently fund armed groups in the DRC or surrounding countries.
Anonymous companies - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What’s an anonymous company?
2. What’s a secrecy jurisdiction?
3. How much of a problem are anonymous companies?
4. How do anonymous companies hurt the world’s poorest people?
5. What’s a beneficial owner?
6. Aren’t there already international standards on this sort of thing?
7. Hasn’t there already been progress on this issue?
Kazakhmys response over ownership of smelter
Submission to the Chinese State Forest Administration regarding the forthcoming Timber Trade and Investment Guideline
The last two decades have seen China’s rapid emergence as a global leader within the international timber trade – as an importer, manufacturer, consumer and exporter of a wide range of wood products, as well as an investor in forest industries around the world.
Congo fails to reveal loss-making oil deal with controversial businessman’s offshore firm
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