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The UK-listed company, Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO), which is threatening to seize land owned by Liberians in defiance of commitments by Liberia’s President, will today receive a visit from affected communities. Members of... read more
Soco’s announcement indicating a pull-out from an iconic African park leaves too much wiggle-room Spirit of statement immediately undermined by Deputy CEO’s comments in the Times Soco must fully answer serious... read more
Civil Society Experts Call on Delaware to Create Public Registry of Beneficial Ownership Information WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and Global Witness expressed disappointment that the Delaware House... read more
Campaigners demand explanation from Crown Prosecution Service The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has failed to prevent more than US$110 million from a corrupt Nigerian oil deal leaving the UK, even though it had powers... read more
Click here to read the associated press release. South Sudan is the world’s newest country and its most oil dependent. It is the midst of a violent crisis which has killed thousands and displaced almost 1 million South... read more
简体中文 Read the briefing, South Sudan: the call for a moratorium on new oil contracts, click here. The government of South Sudan must immediately issue a moratorium on all new contracts in its oil industry, warns Global... read more
The Queen is expected to use today’s speech to outline ground-breaking reforms which will force companies to declare who really owns and controls them, in a move strongly welcomed by Global Witness. The campaign group... read more
简体中文  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... read more
简体中文 The first set of company reports submitted under a landmark U.S. law that aims to stop the minerals trade fuelling violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fall short of the mark, warns Global Witness... read more
Initial company reports submitted under a landmark U.S. law that aims to stop the minerals trade fuelling violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are disappointing, warns Global Witness. U.S.-listed... read more
June 12th, 6:30 - 9:30pm, Impact Hub, Kings Cross London The Elephant In the Woods – an evening of music, talk, drink & more about how our future is linked to the fate of the forests Saving forests was once in... read more
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... read more
Join us at Hay Festival this week for a series of conversations about changing the system - with people who have done just that. We’ll be talking to Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who blew the lid on the extent of NSA... read more
Three AGMs as a public company and three times Global Witness has publicly asked Glencore’s board to commission an independent investigation into its Congo deals. Glencore’s Chairman Tony Hayward was unequivocal in... read more
简体中文 Read the briefing, South Sudan: the call for a moratorium on new oil contracts, click here. The government of South Sudan must immediately issue a moratorium on all new contracts in its oil industry, warns Global... read more
The Queen is expected to use today’s speech to outline ground-breaking reforms which will force companies to declare who really owns and controls them, in a move strongly welcomed by Global Witness. The campaign group... read more
简体中文 The first set of company reports submitted under a landmark U.S. law that aims to stop the minerals trade fuelling violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fall short of the mark, warns Global Witness... read more
Initial company reports submitted under a landmark U.S. law that aims to stop the minerals trade fuelling violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are disappointing, warns Global Witness. U.S.-listed... read more
The company has again failed to answer some fundamental questions about the OPL 245 deal and its continued lobby to keep payments to governments secret.  We welcome Shell’s invitation to discuss the OPL 245 deal... read more
Campaigners call on Shell to stop lobbying against new transparency laws Royal Dutch Shell’s involvement in a deal which saw $1.1bn diverted into the hands of a former Nigerian oil minister could see the company lose a... read more
Glencore, the world’s largest commodities trader, enriched a friend of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president by tens of millions of dollars and protected his interests as it gained control of one of Africa’s... read more
U.S. Court of Appeals denies industry’s request to delay Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank in third consecutive ruling upholding the law Global Witness applauds the swift decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C... read more
Click here to read in English. Al comenzar el juicio contra más de 50 líderes indígenas en Perú, Global Witness insta al Gobierno peruano a garantizar una vista justa. Los acusados se enfrentan a condenas de cadena... read more
Para leer el texto en español, haga click aquí. As the trial of more than 50 indigenous leaders gets underway in Peru, Global Witness urges the government to ensure a fair hearing. The defendants face up to life... read more
Incoming Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi’s apparent personal involvement in a corrupt oil deal in Nigeria raises serious questions about his suitability for his role managing the Italian oil giant, said Global Witness as... read more
Efforts to recover stolen assets from the Ukraine need to paired with proactive steps to stop banks enabling state looting, said Global Witness as the international community gathers in London for  the Ukraine... read more
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was set up to give citizens of resource-rich countries information about how much their governments earn from natural resources in order to prevent corruption. It... read more
The shooting of Emmanuel de Merode, the head of Virunga National Park must be urgently investigated, said Global Witness today. De Merode was shot at least twice in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on... read more
Version française ici The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit demonstrated its support for responsible sourcing by U.S.-listed companies in its ruling to uphold legislation designed to prevent the... read more
Liberia is home to globally significant forests and most of its people depend on them for their livelihoods. But the restarting of large-scale timber extraction in the country has proven disastrous for local people, the... read more
Click here to read in English. Пресс-релиз на русском. Araşdırma nəticəsində əldə olunan faktlar Mədən Sənayesində Şəffaflıq Təşəbbüsünə olan etimadı azaldır Global Witness tərəfindən bu gün dərc olunmuş “Anonim... read more
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Click here to read the press release. The international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was set up to give citizens of resource-rich countries information about how much their governments were... read more
Read the press release here. Afghanistan is endowed with minerals that could be worth a trillion dollars. Both the Afghan government and their international partners understandably hope these resources will fuel... read more
简体中文 How secrecy in the oil & gas sector and the use of anonymous shell companies led to hundreds of millions of dollars being diverted away from Nigeria’s citizens and into the hands of a convicted money-launderer... read more
Global Witness expresses its support for civil society colleagues who have walked out of the COP 19 Warsaw Climate Conference in protest at lack of progress towards an international deal to curb soaring global... read more
Download a PDF of this memo here. What is the EITI? The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is an international coalition that works to support transparency and improve communication between... read more
At the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, Prime Minister David Cameron committed the UK to creating a central registry of the ultimate - beneficial - owners of all UK companies. He also promised a consultation on whether... read more
Click here to read the associated press release 日本語 简体中文 Global Witness investigations reveal systematic corruption in the forestry and land sectors of Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state on the island of Borneo, and how... read more
This paper summarizes the implications for Uganda of the new international transparency requirements for the extractive industries agreed in the US and EU, and by the EITI, and provides policy recommendations for... read more
Beny Steinmetz Group Resources director set up company that promised bribes BSGR misled with claims Pentler Holdings was set up independently Representatives wired payments to president’s wife Global Witness revealed... read more
简体中文 In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) eastern provinces of North and South Kivu foreign and Congolese armed groups and members of the Congolese army (FARDC) have made millions of dollars through illegal... read more
简体中文 Global Witness has grave concerns about Zimbabwe’s elections, scheduled to take place on July 31st. The elections, which should mark Zimbabwe’s transition to a more free and fair democracy, look instead to bear the... read more
English: Italy’s Parliament yesterday debated the Government’s response to questions put to it about Italian oil company ENI’s conduct in acquiring Nigerian oil block OPL245.  On 10th May Simon Taylor, director of... read more
French and German versions below. Money launderers, corrupt politicians, terrorists, arms traffickers, drug smugglers, and tax evaders all rely on two things to move their dirty money: company structures that allow them... read more
Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Foundation research fellow and ex-Global Witness campaigner has released a report today on how transparency helps identify problems in the governance of natural resources, as well... read more
Britain‘s G8 presidency a chance to reframe the poverty debate It’s always encouraging to see our leaders pushing the right line for a change. Outlining his agenda for the G8 at the World Economic Forum in Davos... read more
One story that will be sure to develop in 2013 is the controversy around ENRC’s activities in Congo. For the background for this, a good place to start is the Global Witness statement of 23 December: “ENRC shareholders... read more
Rosie Sharpe, Senior campaigner, Global Witness Investigations carried out by the Guardian, ICIJ and the BBC's Panorama programme into the ease with which anonymous shell companies can be used to move dirty money... read more
Originally posted on the Taskforce on Financial Integrity’s website here. By Rosie Sharp Rosie Sharp is a Senior Campaigner for Global Witness, a member of the Task Force Coordinating Committee. You’re a criminal and... read more
Shell companies Launderers Anonymous A study highlights how easy it is to set up untraceable companies Sep 22nd 2012 | NEW YORK | from The Economist SHELL companies—which exist on paper only, with no real... read more
This post first appeared on Freedom House's Freedom at Issue blog.      Corrupt dictators who take bribes and loot their treasuries are rightly condemned by governments and other observers in developed... read more
By Michael Kelley | Business Insider – Fri, Sep 7, 2012 12:56 PM EDT Robert Mazur, the  U.S. Customs special agent who led one of the most successful undercover operations  in U.S. law enforcement... read more
By Tom Picken - read this blog on Reuters Trustlaw International efforts to protect forests and the people that live in them have failed so badly that just 20 per cent of forest remains untouched by commercial activity... read more
Ahead of Thursday’s meeting of the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee, Global Witness staged a parade of “dictators” in protest at plans to water down upcoming European laws to make oil, mining and timber... read more
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. read more
This article was published in the Financial Times on 24th February 2011. Read press advisory on this issue. Don't make it easier for dictators to steal By Anthea Lawson, head of Kleptocracy campaign The world may... read more
Global Witness's Anthea Lawson and the Financial Task Force's Christine Clough discuss ways to address the illicit financial flows that threaten Uganda's extractive sector and wider economy. Read here. read more
Read this article on The Times website. We are desperately trying to rebuild British business after the financial crisis. Against that backdrop, you would think that an update to archaic anti-bribery laws that brings... read more
Read this blog on Huffington Post. When governments around the world are taking measures in support of fiscal austerity, foreign assistance is always a prime target for the chopping block. Bravely, some governments,... read more
British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations than companies from any other country, write Damian Carrington and Stefano Valentino. read more
From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators, writes Lester Brown. read more
An international financial crime watchdog has been urged not to relax its stance on monitoring political officials in the light of the desperate scramble to freeze the assets of deposed leaders in the Middle East and... read more
If you express concerns about the negative consequences that over-dependence on aid can have for development, as I did in Mali recently, a common response is that there is no alternative. How else can vital services and... read more
European governments need to force businesses to be transparent if Africa's poor are to benefit from oil's riches, says the Guardian's Economics Editor Larry Elliot in the wake of George Osborne's commitment to support... read more
William Hague 'lobbied strongly' for oil companies run by Tory donors, according to the Telegraph. read more
Time Magazine's Ecocentric Blog: Forests vs. Food? read more
The Christian Science Monitor: As Ivory Coast's Gbagbo holds firm, 'blood diamonds' flow for export read more
The US-sponsored plot to kill Patrice Lumumba, the hero of Congolese independence, took place 50 years ago today, says the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog. read more
Nicholas Christof's blog on New York Times - Notes From a Young American in Congo: A Good Man… read more
As we are forced to change the way we think about energy, the energy consumer is caught between need and the increasing risks involved in securing traditional energy sources. The links between energy provision and... read more
A global standard on sharing information is at the heart of democratising aid – for donors and for recipients, says Owen Barder on the Guardian's Global Development Blog. read more
Countries thirst for oil, compete for minerals and confront climate change, says Tom Shanker of the New York Times. The American military, with surprising allies, worries that these issues represent a new source of... read more
Southern Sudan looks set to vote for independence – but lingering questions over the future of Abyei are worrying, asks the Guardian's Peter Moszyinski. Read here. read more
BBC News - French appeals court reopens African assets case read more
Sudan said on Monday it had halted landlocked South Sudan's oil exports until the two agree on a transit fee, stepping up a row between the former civil war foes over how to untangle their once-integrated oil industries... read more
Sudan said on Monday it had halted landlocked South Sudan's oil exports until the two agree on a transit fee, stepping up a row between the former civil war foes over how to untangle their once-integrated oil industries... read more
Back in 2009 it was heralded as a potential model for reducing rates of deforestation and REDD+ but Nowary's deal with Guyana appears to have made little progress, writes Girish Gupta. read more
This op-ed appeared in the International Herald Tribune The Stolen Money Trail By Anthea Lawson Earlier this month, Swiss bank regulators found that four Swiss banks had not done enough to identify dictators’ assets... read more
A suspected Sudanese air strike on a refugee camp in South Sudan will not trigger a return to war but belligerent posturing on both sides will complicate and slow talks over oil transit fees and other sensitive disputes... read more
For centuries, wave after wave of colonists and foreign investors have swept through Africa, looking for profits from the continent’s abundant reserves of oil and prized minerals, write Beth Morrissey, Himanshu... read more
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) mineral market has vast potential, and if properly regulated, could be the catalyst for the country’s development while offering solid returns for international investors.... read more
With Colonel Muammar Gaddafi all but gone, Libya's prospects can be summed up in one word: oil, says Vivienne Walt in TIME Magazine. Far different from the revolutions in Tunisia or Egypt, or the rebellions in Yemen... read more
Human rights organisations are calling on donor governments to reassess their aid programmes to Cambodia if the country passes a law that can be used to muzzle local and foreign NGOs, writes the Guardian's Marc Tran. read more
Beyond the immediate priority of securing control of the LIA assets frozen as a result of international sanctions, the challenge confronting Libya’s new leadership is how to reform an institution that, if it survives in... read more
The 40-nation Libya contact group is meeting with the Interim National Transitional Council to decide how best to support the rebels against Muammar Gaddafi's forces. Global Witness's Brendan O'Donnell argues on Comment... read more
As its independence draws near, South Sudan has yet to agree how to divide oil revenues with its northern neighbor, which has the infrastructure to export the oil the south needs to sell to survive - read here. read more
Heavy fighting along the border between north and south Sudan has displaced tens of thousands of people and further complicated next month's planned southern independence, jeopardizing billions of dollars in oil revenue... read more