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[French version available here] The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new... read more
In a US$150 million deal announced at today’s UN Climate Summit in New York, the Government of Norway is partnering with the Government of Liberia to halt the destruction of Liberia’s rainforest. [1] The deal foresees... read more
    Global Witness, Re: Common and Dotun Oloko welcome the freezing of funds as part of the continuing investigation into the deal for the OPL 245 oil block in Nigeria. Italian authorities are... read more
“Ebola is winning.” Liberia appeals for urgent help battling the disease that has West Africa under siege Information about how to help is included at the bottom of this page. Liberian campaigners say the... read more
Investigations group Global Witness has lodged a formal complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), following the recertification of the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which has been accused of driving a wave of... read more
When an oil company promises to suspend hugely controversial work in Africa’s oldest national park it should be cause for celebration. But the commitment by British oil company Soco to withdraw from Virunga... read more
British oil company Soco International and its contractors have made illicit payments, appear to have paid off armed rebels and benefited from fear and violence fostered by government security forces in eastern Congo,... read more
Click here to read the associated press release. This investigation reveals the illicit payments, violence and intimidation linked to a London-listed company’s bid to find oil in Africa’s oldest national park. In the... read more
Global Witness is urging Papua New Guinea to block a bid by one of Malaysia’s biggest logging companies, Rimbunan Hijau, to renew a license that permits it to flatten over 40,000 hectares of tropical rainforest in order... read more
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... read more
Firms must publish project-level reports for all countries with no exceptions Global Witness warmly welcomes regulations published today by the UK Government that will implement the EU Accounting Directive. The... read more
This press release, copies of the Vietnam Rubber Group decision and details on how to use the complaints mechanism are all available in English, Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer at the bottom of the page.  Vietnam’s state... read more
Europe must do its bit to stop the trade in conflict minerals We have to let our leaders know we do understand the link between products we buy and the suffering of others By Ed Zwick - Originally published at... read more
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... read more
As African leaders meet Barack Obama, campaigners ask where has the money gone?  As Heads of African governments gather in Washington D.C. for the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit tomorrow, there is a crucial issue... 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
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
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
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
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
BBC News - French appeals court reopens African assets case read more
IEA fear oil spike if climate pledges fail read more
Liberian president sacks all but one ministers read more
Article: Why fighting corruption in Asia involves battling apathy read more
Is your cell phone soaked in Congolose blood? read more
Diamond watchdog debates Zimbabwe exports read more
Saving forests is topping the agenda of a UN summit on biodiversity in Japan. As the meeting enters its final days, there are growing fears that the talks could bog down amid acrimony between poor and rich countries... read more
Transparency International - Corruption Index 2010 – Authoritative annual review of global corruption from our friends at Transparency International.    http://www.transparency.org/news_room/latest_news/... read more
War-torn states are still seen as being the most corrupt in the world, according to a new report from Transparency International. BBC World - War-hit countries most corrupt 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
 A founding myth in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea is said to have foretold the arrival of ExxonMobil, the American oil giant that is preparing to extract natural gas here and ship it overseas.  ... 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
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
A U.S. diplomat called Equatorial Guinea's dictator of 31 years one of "the good guys" in leaked diplomatic cables urging Washington to engage with its third largest oil supplier or risk endangering energy security,... 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
Guardian Focus Podcast: Land grabs in Africa read more
BBC - Sudan 'needs clearer oil-sharing deal' 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
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
Guardian : Court documents allege 'corrupt' Kazakhstan regime's link to FTSE firms. Click here to read. read more
Russia and Ukraine settle dispute over gas - click here to read. read more
The Guardian's environment editor and Global Witness's Davyth Stewart discuss what the climate summit in Cancun can achieve, and what role local action can play in bringing about such change. Click here to hear the... 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
CBC News -Congolese try suing Anvil Mining in Canada read more