NATO Urged to Recognise Natural Resource Governance as Crucial to Afghanistan’s Future Stability and Security
NATO’s hopes for stability in Afghanistan – and a lasting legacy from its 11 year combat mission there – will be deeply undermined without action to address the growing threat of conflict and corruption from natural resources, a broad coalition of thirty-six Afghan and international civil society organisations has told the organisation as it prepares for its upcoming conference.
Gaps in new Afghan mining law pose a threat to stability
Afghanistan’s new mining law has serious weaknesses, warns Global Witness, as President Hamid Karzai signed the bill onto the statute books. The gaps in the law increase the risk that the country’s mineral wealth will fuel conflict and corruption instead of development, the campaigning group adds.
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.
Afghan election must respect and strengthen the rule of law
Global Witness called on the candidates to Afghan presidency to ensure a clean vote in tomorrow’s election – and to use the result to strengthen governance of Afghanistan’s natural resources so they can benefit all of the Afghan people.
Afghan government must act on governance measures to avoid resource curse
Afghan Government and Parliament must address gaps in mining law to prevent conflict and corruption
Global Witness today called on the Afghan government and Parliament to strengthen the country’s proposed mining law to help ensure mining is a force for development in the country, rather than conflict and corruption. The call comes as Afghanistan’s Parliament sits to debate this crucial legislation.
A shaky foundation? Analysing Afghanistan’s draft mining law
Afghan Government reinforces comprehensive extractives sector commitment
Global Witness welcomes a statement from the Afghan government reinforcing its commitment to manage its natural resource sector openly, transparently and in line with international best practice, but warns that effective implementation will be key to success. The statement comes days after a coalition of 36 civil society groups, including Global Witness, wrote to the Afghan government and donors calling on them to strengthen their commitments in the extractives sector.
Civil society to Afghan government and donors: live up to your promises on mining sector
An alliance of 36 Afghan and international civil society organisations have urged the Afghan government and its donors to deliver on their commitment to effective oversight in the country’s extractives sector. The call, made in letters sent to the Afghan Minister of Mines, Wahidullah Shahrani, and key international partners, comes ahead of a crucial meeting taking place in Kabul on the 3rd July.
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