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For immediate release Legal action by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce threatens to protect business practices that are fuelling bloodshed in Africa. Global Witness today condemned recent legal action by the U.S. Chamber of... read more
Global Witness today expressed grave concern at the worsening humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo caused by fighting between M23 rebels and the Congolese army (FARDC). “The M23 and FARDC... read more
Read the original report Read the press release to accompany this report Read the ensuing debate in the Houses of Parliament Since publishing the report Financing a Parallel Government in June 2012, we have... 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
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
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
Read the Global Witness background briefing on the Charles Taylor Verdict The 50-year prison sentence handed down to Charles Taylor by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague represents justice for the people of... read more
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. 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
Diamonds: A good deal for Zimbabwe? reveals that several directors of one of the largest mining companies operating in Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange diamond fields are drawn from the Zimbabwean military and police,... read more
The Kimberley Process (KP) has thrown away its main point of leverage over the Zimbabwean government by allowing it to export diamonds from the controversial Marange region without first fulfilling previous commitments... 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
Last week Global Witness and other members of the NGO Civil Society Coalition walked out of the Kimberley Process meeting in Kinshasa in protest at the scheme’s failure to address human rights abuses associated with the... read more
Activist organisations today expressed a vote of no confidence in the Kimberley Process, and walked out of the scheme’s meeting in Kinshasa, in protest at its failure to address human rights abuses associated with the... 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
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
The World Diamond Council and other diamond industry bodies must immediately issue clear public statements instructing their members not to purchase improperly certified diamonds from Zimbabwe’s contentious Marange... read more
This press release is available in French. Read class action. Montreal, Canada.  An association representing Congolese citizens filed a class action today in a Montreal court against Canadian company Anvil Mining... read more
The Kimberley Process (KP) rough diamond certification scheme must reach a credible agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe regarding the export of stones from the controversial Marange region, the KP Civil Society... read more
The role of natural resources in funding conflict will be highlighted by the testimony of supermodel Naomi Campbell at the trial of former warlord and President of Liberia Charles Taylor in the Hague tomorrow (August 5... read more
The British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies and individuals trading in Congolese ‘conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions, said campaign group Global Witness... read more
Campaign groups Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada today acknowledged that a deal reached by the Kimberley Process (KP) diamond certification scheme could pave the way for reinforced oversight of diamond... read more
Global Witness strongly welcomes a ground-breaking new bill, passed by the U.S. Senate today, which will help to lift the curse of corruption and conflict from poor countries that are rich in oil and minerals by... read more
Campaign group Global Witness today welcomed the decision by the Harare High Court to grant bail to Zimbabwean activist Farai Maguwu, who has been in custody since 3 June, on charges of ‘communicating falsehoods... 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
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
02.10.2007 | Heavy Mittal?
A State within a State: The inequitable Mineral Development Agreement between the Government of Liberia and Mittal Steel Holdings NV read more
07.09.2007 | Taylor Made
Second edition of this report, incorporating a report of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) on the part played by revenues generated from Liberia's shipping register. Other Languages French Downloads... read more
Global Witness was commissioned by the Berlin-based Heinrich Böll Foundation to co-author a Memorandum, ‘To Have and Have Not’, which was launched on 30 May 2007. The Memorandum presents a wide cross... 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
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
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
Robin Hammond reports from the Zimbabwe/Mozambique border on the ramifications of Zimbabwe's new-found diamond wealth for the global trade and the country's domestic politics. read more
Zimbabwe ‘blood diamonds’ abuses uncovered read more