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On 22 August 2012 the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the final rule for Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. The provision aims to prevent the trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from fueling... read more
Global Witness today condemned the attempt by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to use a lawsuit to overturn a law that compels companies to disclose whether they use conflict... read more
Click here to read our initial comment on some of the key provisions relating to companies’ implementation.  On 22 August the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted on the rules for the Dodd... read more
A summary by Global Witness, June 2012 Read our briefing document summarising baseline evaluations of artisanal mining communities in eastern DRC. Seven baseline evaluations of artisanal mining communities in eastern... read more
Read our FAQ on the current situation in eastern DRC A new rebellion against the Congolese government was launched in April 2012 in eastern DRC. The insurgent group is known as the M23 and is thought to comprise around... read more
Click here for Global Witness comment Section 1502 rule Global Witness initial response to SEC vote on Dodd Frank rules Follow the conversation on #DoddFrank Global Witness welcomes the long-overdue vote on... read more
Read a briefing document which discusses the cost of implementing Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act. Version française The cost to US industry of implementing Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act has been hotly debated... read more
The Tokyo Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (8th July) brings together the Afghan government, international donors and civil society for a one-day event which will set the framework for future assistance to the... read more
For immediate release Donors must hold Rwandan government to account for supporting new rebellion in eastern Congo Rwanda’s two main donors, the United Kingdom and United States, must use their influence to end Kigali’... read more
Joint Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Electronics Companies Must Break from US Chamber on Conflict Minerals Industry should follow the positive steps taken by Microsoft, General Electric (... read more
WASHINGTON, DC - Global Witness applauds the bipartisan call by 58 Members of Congress for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to immediately release the final rules for two sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall... read more
简体中文 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... read more
Read the press release to accompany this report Read the ensuing debate in the UK Parliament This report reveals how Zimbabwe’s feared secret police, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), appears to have received... read more
Version française Read the report Embargoed until: Midnight BST Wednesday 30 May 2012  Renewed violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) underscores the urgent need for companies and governments to... read more
La version française 简体中文 SEC due to vote on Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act Renewed violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) underscores the urgent need for companies and governments to clean up Congo’... read more
For immediate release: 21 May 2012 Congo government enforces law to curb conflict mineral trade Version française 简体中文 Global Witness welcomes a move by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week to enforce a... read more
Lire en français The recently-elected parliament of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the new government, should make wide-ranging changes to how mineral, oil and forest resources are managed, said Global Witness in... read more
Read the report: Diamonds: A good deal for Zimbabwe? On Valentines Day 2012 (14th February), Global Witness published a report raising concerns that diamond purchases may help fund the Zimbabwean military. The report,... read more
Global Witness and CCFD-Terre Solidaire welcomed a commitment today by EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht and Development Commissioner Piebalgs to make supply chains more transparent, a move that will help prevent natural... read more
Global Witness today welcomed the Security Council’s adoption of sanctions Resolution 2021, which calls for action to tackle criminal networks within the Congolese national army who are involved in the illicit minerals... read more
Global Witness salue la décision récente du gouvernement congolais de contraindre les compagnies minières et les entreprises qui font le commerce des minerais opérant en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) à... read more
Global Witness calls on the SEC to resist industry pressure and issue robust regulations  Global Witness is calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not to cave in to industry pressure and to issue... read more
Goma/Kinshasa/London/Ottawa/Paris/Washington The organizations CENADEP – Kinshasa, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Enough Project, Global Witness, Partnership Africa Canada, UAID – North Kivu, welcome the endorsement yesterday by... read more
Go to report Shifts in the control of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) mines have created opportunities to begin breaking the links between the mineral trade and the conflict that has plagued civilians for... read more
Rwanda’s Minister of Mines Christophe Bazivamo is quoted in a Reuters article yesterday (27 April) as saying that the Rwandan authorities have issued instructions that prevent the import of any uncertified minerals and... read more
Version francaise.  The Congolese government's decision this week to lift a ban on the mining and export of minerals from the country's eastern provinces is long overdue, said Global Witness today. The campaign... read more
Companies exporting from Côte d’Ivoire must publish information on taxes paid into the country’s cocoa sector, and respect the temporary ban on exports announced this week by president-elect Alassane Ouattara, said... read more
Persistent calls for clear and transparent information on Sudan’s oil revenues have yet to yield satisfactory information, says a new report published by Global Witness today. With a referendum on independence for... read more
Communiqué de presse - version française.  The Hill Belongs to Them - click to download. Rebel groups and senior commanders in the national army are fighting over and illegally profiting from eastern Democratic... read more
Version francaise. The latest report by the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo, released yesterday, exposes how rebel groups and senior commanders of the national army are fighting over and making... read more
CIVIL SOCIETY OPEN LETTER TO EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN COMMISSIONERS AND 27 FOREIGN MINISTERS Dear Council President, Dear Commission President and Commissioners, Dear Foreign Ministers, Our ten... read more
Drawing on Global Witness’ experience in Angola, Cambodia, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, this report aims to promote understanding of, and a strategy for dealing with, the problem of natural resource wealth... read more
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country with huge natural wealth. Almost every valuable natural resource can be found there, from a multitude of minerals – including diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt,... read more
Global Witness and Sherpa, along with Greenpeace France, Amis de la Terre, and a prominent Liberian activist, have lodged a complaint before the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Nantes against Dalhoff, Larsen and... read more
GNPOC headquarters, Khartoum     Petrodar headquarters, Khartoum   Painting for sale on the streets of Khartoum, showing Chinese President, Hu Jintao, inside a map of Sudan   Map... read more
  سوف تتاح هذه الصفحة قريباً باللغة العربية Please click on the links below to download Global Witness' new report, or scroll down the page to view the press release (available in English, Chinese and Arabic... read more
War and the militarisation of mining in eastern congo - a report by Global Witness July 2009   Read the report   Press Release and Audio   Press Release - Global Witness uncovers foreign companies’ links... read more
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Global Witness was invited to brief a United Nations Arria meeting on the situation in eastern DRC on the eve of the UN Security Council's discussion on the role and mandate of MONUC. read more
Global Witness believes that this public appeal by local groups from eastern DRC for greater protection and for peacekeeping is important given the grave situation in the region and the urgent need for... read more
Global Witness is asking companies trading in minerals from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure that any minerals they buy neither finance armed groups or military units, nor contribute to human rights abuses... read more
The Illicit Trade: Gateway for Conflict Diamonds The illicit trade in rough diamonds is one of the greatest threats facing the Kimberley Process certification scheme. At the end of the scheme's fifth year, the... read more
Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Law Written Testimony "The U.S. role in addressing complicity of companies in human rights abuses in conflict areas" September 2008 Global... read more
Last week, Forbes.com published a piece by Tim Worstall in which he argued against the introduction of legally binding measures in the EU to tackle conflict minerals. The piece, titled ‘Global Witness’ Latest Silly... read more
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. read more
South Sudan will market its crude through its oil ministry, an oil official said on Thursday casting further doubt on the role trading major Glencore's venture will have in selling the nation's oil. Alexander Dziadosz... read more
South Sudan's oil minister said on Saturday that an oil cargo detained by northern officials in Port Sudan in a row over duty payments had now sailed, but that negotiations over transit fees were stalled - read... read more
A major international anti-corruption provision in the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation remains stalled at the Securities and Exchange Commission, a year after the bill was passed by Congress and three months... read more
Two days before Sudan splits in two, negotiating teams have failed to agree how to divide the oil critical to the economies of north and south, as aid agencies warn the country is closest to war since a 2005 peace deal... 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
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and the first woman ever elected head of state on the continent of Africa, ordered the leader of her security team. We were driving along one of the scarce paved avenues in... read more
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. 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
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
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
A campaign to clean up electronic companies' mineral supply chains may ameliorate the chaos of ungovernable mining, asks Madeleine Bunting in the Guardian. Read here. read more
Reporting from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the BBC's Paul Moss hears local views of how minerals fuel conflict in the region. Clicke here to listen. read more