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Version francaise Sherpa, Global Witness, Greenpeace France and Liberian NGO Green Advocates have today filed a legal complaint before the Senior Magistrate of the Regional Court of Montpellier against the French arm of... read more
Global Witness and Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) today welcome the commitment by the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to make any expansion by the British palm oil company Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO) onto... read more
Groups welcome government move but also call for prosecution of all officials and companies involved Criminal indictments issued by the Liberian Government against eight former officials for their role in an illegal... read more
Version francaise A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies’ mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses, and... read more
Global Witness is delighted and honored to announce that it is the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the TED Prize. The awards, announced today in a joint statement from Skoll and TED, are... read more
Campaigners welcomed the passage yesterday of a European Parliament report on ‘promoting development through responsible business practices’. The report, drafted by Green MEP Judith Sargentini, calls for binding EU... read more
New information and documents handed to Global Witness and The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) raise questions about the role of outgoing Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib... read more
Click here to read the report. Global Witness and Integrity Watch Afghanistan today called on the Afghan government – and candidates in the country’s Presidential election – to commit to stronger protections against... read more
According to a former partner at Ernst & Young, the global accountancy firm turned a blind eye when a report of major audit failures at Dubai’s biggest gold refinery went unpublished. A Global Witness report... read more
Today two key committees of the European Parliament voted in favour of creating public registries of who ultimately owns and controls companies and trusts registered in the EU, in a move welcomed by Global Witness... read more
World leaders gathering in London today to discuss measures to protect endangered wildlife must focus on preserving rainforest habitats as one of the best ways of stopping poaching, said Global Witness today. The UK... read more
Lire en français A Global Witness report last month on a controversial oil deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo received wide media coverage and focused attention on how the country’s oil wealth is being managed.... read more
Global Witness welcomes and supports a complaint submitted to the International Financial Corporation (IFC) today by Cambodian communities whose lives have been devastated by Vietnamese rubber baron Hoang Anh Gia Lai (... read more
Global Witness is delighted and honored to announce that it is the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the TED Prize. The awards, announced today in a joint statement from Skoll and TED, are... read more
Campaigners welcomed the passage yesterday of a European Parliament report on ‘promoting development through responsible business practices’. The report, drafted by Green MEP Judith Sargentini, calls for binding EU... read more
New information and documents handed to Global Witness and The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) raise questions about the role of outgoing Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib... read more
Click here to read the report. Global Witness and Integrity Watch Afghanistan today called on the Afghan government – and candidates in the country’s Presidential election – to commit to stronger protections against... read more
According to a former partner at Ernst & Young, the global accountancy firm turned a blind eye when a report of major audit failures at Dubai’s biggest gold refinery went unpublished. A Global Witness report... read more
Today two key committees of the European Parliament voted in favour of creating public registries of who ultimately owns and controls companies and trusts registered in the EU, in a move welcomed by Global Witness... read more
World leaders gathering in London today to discuss measures to protect endangered wildlife must focus on preserving rainforest habitats as one of the best ways of stopping poaching, said Global Witness today. The UK... read more
Lire en français A Global Witness report last month on a controversial oil deal in the Democratic Republic of Congo received wide media coverage and focused attention on how the country’s oil wealth is being managed.... read more
Global Witness welcomes and supports a complaint submitted to the International Financial Corporation (IFC) today by Cambodian communities whose lives have been devastated by Vietnamese rubber baron Hoang Anh Gia Lai (... read more
Lire en français Global Witness has submitted its defence to a lawsuit filed by officials of Beny Steinmetz Group Resources in the UK’s High Court, arguing that the case amounts to an attempt to stifle reporting on a... read more
Lire en français Congo has suspended the passage of a controversial oil bill through parliament, in order to allow more time for consultation. It has been criticised by MPs in Congo, donor governments, UNESCO and... read more
Lire en français The Democratic Republic of Congo has struck a deal to buy back oil rights from a secretive offshore company for a sum likely to be hundreds of times the price the company paid several years earlier,... read more
Global Witness welcomes recommendations released today by Canadian civil society and mining associations that lay out a framework for Canada to adopt a revenue transparency provision for all publicly listed mining... read more
Lire en français The Democratic Republic of Congo’s lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, has begun to debate a new oil bill which has been criticised by campaigners, MPs in Congo and donor governments.... read more
Following reports in the New Vision that the Government of Uganda is seeking a $115m World Bank loan for its Oil Region Development Project, Global Witness is calling for greater transparency in the murky oil... 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
Thursday's 6th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Global Conference in Sydney will see oil, gas and mining executives, campaigners, investors and government officials ratify improvements in... read more
Global Witness understands that Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) CEO Doan Nguyen Duc held a press conference during which the company contested evidence in Global Witness’ report ‘Rubber Barons’. This report highlights how the... read more
简体中文 The European Union agreed the EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) in 2010, making it illegal as of 3 March 2013 for any company to place illegally harvested timber or products made from illegal timber on the EU market.... read more
There have been two cost/benefit analyses carried out looking at the costs of a beneficial ownership registry: one done by the UK in 2002 and one done by the European Commission in 2007. Both concluded that public... read more
Systematic abuse of small, poorly regulated logging permits in Africa by companies, forest officials and politicians is undermining efforts to fight deforestation and keep illegal timber out of the EU, says a new report... read more
简体中文 On 9 April 2013, the EU Member States, Parliament and Commission agreed to adopt new transparency rules for oil, gas, mining and logging companies. The agreement requires extractive and logging companies to publish... read more
Dear Chief Minister Taib, In an interview with the Let’s Talk programme on The Malaysian Observer, you challenged Global Witness to a debate on the allegations of corruption, land grabbing and tax evasion shown in the... read more
Global Witness’ investigations indicate that ZMDC, joint venture company Anjin, and businessman Sam Pa are involved in off-budget financing of military, police and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO). We believe... 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
This piece first ran on the Guardian website. The rich world has been busy tightening its belt in recent weeks, with Britain, Germany and Spain all announcing the severest economic cuts in generations and... read more
I was delighted to see Simon Singh's victory at the Court of Appeal last week, after a massively expensive, two-year fight to defend his right to contest the scientific opinion of the British... read more
By Charmian Gooch, Founding Director It's ironic that it takes the hushing of the England football captain's affair to highlight the scale of a problem that threatens campaign groups like Global Witness ... read more
By Simon Taylor, Founding Director Geoffrey Smith's piece, Energy Guru brings good news to Davos centring on Pulitzer prize winner Daniel Yergin's exuberance about future global oil supply, is typical of the over-... read more
Blog from Global Witness Director, Patrick Alley If the organisation of the climate talks in Copenhagen is anything to go by, even the best-intentioned negotiations would be lucky to succeed. Queues hundreds of metres... 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
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
The London-based anti-corruption campaign group, Global Witness, said it has evidence that Teodorin Obiang, the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of the tiny West African state of Equatorial Guinea, has plans to... read more