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简体中文 A recent decree from Afghanistan’s President Karzai represents a major step forward in turning the government’s commitments to a transparent mining and petroleum sector into a reality.  The ball is now in the... read more
With peril looming on both countries’ economic horizons, Sudan and South Sudan brokered a milestone oil-transit agreement over the weekend to the effusive praise of the international community. The deal represents a... read more
Gibson Guitars’ agreement to pay a $300,000 fine for its role in importing illegal timber from Madagascar is a major breakthrough in the fight to end the multi-billion dollar global trade in illicit wood, said Global... read more
Global Witness welcomes the announcement of an oil deal reached by Sudan and South Sudan, while stressing the need for the final text to ensure transparent implementation. After more than two years of negotiations,... read more
En français Global Witness expressed alarm at reports that FTSE-100 listed miner ENRC may be close to a deal to buy out Congolese mining assets belonging to businessman Dan Gertler. Companies associated with Mr Gertler... read more
Read Stefanie Ostfeld's comment piece on The Hill's Congress Blog.  Senate hearing examines money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorist financing allegations According to the chair of a U.S. Senate... read more
امروز فعالان از موافقت نامه ای استقبال می کنند که نقطۀ عطفی در حکومت داری خوب افغانستان در سکتور استخراج معادن می باشد، مگر هشدار می دهد که دخیل ساختن جامعۀ مدنی ، نشر معاملات و حفاظت ازمسایل زیست محیطی و اجتماعی از... read more
The South Sudanese government must take immediate action to identify and prosecute those responsible for the recent attack on anti-corruption activist, Deng Athuai, said Global Witness today (1). On 4 July, the... read more
اعلامیه مطبوعاتی - دري 简体中文 Campaigners today welcomed a landmark agreement on good governance in Afghanistan’s mining sector, but warned that civil society engagement, deal disclosures and inclusion of environmental... read more
Civil society groups today questioned recent media reporting on increased transparency in Uganda’s petroleum sector and called for the Government to commit to publish all oil deals.  The call comes as the Ugandan... read more
  د مدني ټولنې کارکوونکو نن وویل چې، د افغانستان دولت او مدني ټولنه، باید ژمنه وکړي چې، د تیلو، ګاز او د کانونوټولې معاملې، د هغو له ټولو جزئیاتو سره خپاره کړي او د سیمې له خلکو سره سلا مشورې وکړي. دا په داسې حال... read more
Tokyo conference a defining opportunity to embed accountability inAfghanistan’s oil and mining sectors For immediate release. اعلامیه مطبوعاتی - دري مطبوعاتي اعلامیه - پښتو The Government of Afghanistan and the... read more
  اعلامیه مطبوعاتی   کنفرانس توکیو یک فرصت تعیین کننده یی برای جاسازی حسابدهی در سکتور نفت و معادن افغانستان می باشد    فعالان جامعه مدنی امروز گفتند که دولت افغانستان وجامعه جهانی باید تعهد نمایند... 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
Thirteen congressional representatives sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ahead of a key donor conference on Afghanistan being held in Tokyo later this week. The letter highlights the... read more
 The World Bank’s Board of Directors dealt a severe blow to the organisation’s credibility last week by deciding not to investigate evidence that its Liberian forestry programme had harmed forest-dependent... read more
A paradigm shift in global forest management is needed to halt tropical deforestation, said Global Witness at the start of the UN’s International Year of Forests. The status quo effectively legalises the destruction of... read more
Read Global Witness Director Gavin Hayman's comment piece for The Times. The coalition government’s decision to delay the implementation of the landmark Bribery Act for the second time casts serious doubt on its... 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
Today the European Court of Human Rights held in MGN v UK that lawyers acting for claimants in privacy and libel cases should no longer be allowed to recover a “success fee” from defendants. Such success fees have... read more
“Simply Criminal: Targeting Rogue Business in Violent Conflict”, a new briefing paper published by Global Witness today, shows how the prosecutions of rogue businesses operating in situations of widespread violence can... 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
“Today’s re-opening of the trial of Dutch timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven for war crimes and violating the UN arms embargo on Liberia in The Netherlands is a second chance for justice” said Patrick Alley of Global... read more
Taxpayer-funded Lloyds bank may have "stashed" $9 billion for President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, according to Wikileaks cables published in the Guardian today. Lloyds must now confirm if this is true or not and if it is... read more
An agreement to combat deforestation and forest degradation reached at climate talks in Cancún has laid important groundwork for meaningful collective action and helped restore confidence in multilateral climate... read more
Пресс-релиз на русском A confidential cable from an American diplomat alleges that the private gas company Itera bought a €60 million luxury yacht as a gift for the autocratic president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly... 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
Significant gaps in the data published by the Angolan government about its earnings from the oil industry undermine its attempts to shed a reputation for corruption, says a new study by Global Witness and the Open... read more
A proposed deal to protect the world's forests will only work if it is based on financial transparency, accountability and civil society participation, warned Global Witness today. A focal point of the international... 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
Introducing Global Witness Global Witness focuses on role of natural resources in funding conflict and corruption (see www.globalwitness.org). We aim to promote improved governance and transparency in natural resource... read more
08.02.2005 | Making it add up
Is the EITI Adding Up? Since its inception in 2003, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has recorded some important achievements. There is now extensive international awareness that transparency of... read more
Mission Reports of the Independent Observer * Only French version available Date of mission Report no. Titles Companies 25.01.05 121* SSV 10 02 162 Ingénierie Forestière 16.11.04 120* None None 17. - 23.08.04... read more
08.12.2004 | Dangerous Liaisons
A briefing document submitted by Global Witness to the UN Security Council. read more
18.11.2004 | Taking a Cut
A Report by Global Witness. read more
22.10.2004 | The Key to Kimberley:
Joint report by Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada. read more
22.10.2004 | Rich Man Poor Man
Joint report by Global Witness and Partnership Africa Canada read more
18.10.2004 | Déjà vu
This report presents the results of Global Witness and Amnesty International's survey into the diamond jewellery retail sector's implementation of self-regulation to support the Kimberley Process, the international... read more
28.09.2004 | Rush and Ruin
The Devastating Mineral Trade in Southern Katanga, DRC. read more
A policy briefing submitted by Global Witness to the UN Security Council. 14th September 2004 read more
A Conflict Of Interests - The uncertain future of Burma's forests. A Briefing Document by Global Witness, September 2004 BURMESE TRANSLATION read more
26.07.2004 | SIGIF Report
This report is the first one of its kind the Independent Observer has elaborated since inception of the project. It is the result of an analysis of all production data for the fiscal year of 2002 – 2003 submitted... read more
06.07.2004 | Same Old Story
THIS REPORT marks the beginning of an extensive project that will examine natural resource governance in the Democratic Republic of Congo. read more
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) has shown its confidence in Global Witness and wants to help build a campaigning organisation that is deep-rooted, long-lasting and even more effective, with a strong infrastructure... read more
"Africa's minerals, precious stones and other commodities should have brought better lives for African people. But for decades these trades have funded and fuelled some of the continent's most brutal wars. More... 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
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
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
Business people sometimes think we campaigners are a bit naïve. Our lofty ideals should be accommodated as far as possible, but business is business. We need to be realistic about how the world works. Well, we are... read more
See Global Witness Director Patrick Alley’s TEDxExeter talk and blog on how the logging industry tricked us into financing our own destruction.   In 1876 a group of famous explorers gathered in Brussels for the... read more
The City of London Police has commissioned this short crime prevention video to demonstrate the impact that a corruption investigation could have on companies and individuals who ignore the Bribery Act and break the law... 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
Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, gave a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva last week, which highlighted the benefits of mandatory transparency rules for the hundreds of billions of dollars that... read more
Click here to sign the petition: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/page/speakout/release-peaceful-proteste... read more
简体中文  Published in: China Dialogue Author: Mike Davis, Senior Advisor, Global Witness Refusal to use illegal timber will benefit Chinese companies and boost China’s environmental reputation The world’s tropical... read more
This article is written by Dr Guo Peiyuan, SynTao General Manager and based on his presentation at 2013 EITI Global Conference.  The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) has been... 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
At least 500 people have been uprooted from their homes to make way for luxury villas where European Union foreign ministers, including William Hague, will stay during a summit in Laos on Monday, writes David Blair in... read more
A report by Peru Support Group. Abstract: High gold prices, persistent poverty and a shortage of employment opportunities in Peru have all contributed to an increase in artisanal and small-scale gold mining activity in... 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
"A $150-million investment ties Tokyo Sexwale to a controversial Israeli businessman as he pulled off the "heist" of a prize mining asset in the DRC" - Mail & Guardian. Click here to read the article. 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
Some donors do well, all donors can do better, writes Publish What You Fund. read more
Britain is being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as "vulture funds" use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world's poorest countries, write Greg Palast... read more
A UK-based lobby group is calling for more transparency in the spending of global development aid, estimated to be worth about $150bn (£93bn), writes BBC's Mark Doyle. read more
Clariden Leu AG, with roots that make it Switzerland's oldest private bank, has begun telling certain U.S. customers suspected of offshore tax evasion that it will disclose their names to the U.S. Internal Revenue... read more
Officials working with Libya's new governing authority are examining whether any payments made by Société Générale SA as part of its business relationship with the Libyan Investment Authority ended up in the hands of... 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
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
简体中文  EU anti-corruption laws will hit Chinese companies overseas China Dialogue PetroChina, Sinopec and other Chinese companies will be required to reveal payments made to overseas governments as a condition of... read more
Today The Economist came out in support of the campaign “to put a stop to hidden company ownership and to make energy and mining companies disclose more about the payments they make to win concessions.” Global Witness... read more
South Sudan hopes to sell several unexplored oil blocks for $1 billion in coming months, a finance official said, giving a potential lifeline for the African country's hobbled economy. Reuters. To read the Global... 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
From the Daily Mail ENRC has resolved not to buy mineral rights via controversial middlemen who campaign groups say pose an appearance or risk of corruption, the Mail understands. Chairman Mehmet Dalman has taken an... read more
With peril looming on both countries’ economic horizons, Sudan and South Sudan brokered a milestone oil-transit agreement over the weekend to the effusive praise of the international community. The deal represents a... read more
South Sudan says it will allow full access to information involving deals with international financial institutions, following a report by Global Witness on Wednesday, which it recommends that the new nation “exercise... read more
An intense lobbying campaign is under way as U.S. authorities prepare to implement what are supposed to be investor-friendly laws designed to clarify the global operations of listed oil companies. Zhang Tao and Wang... read more
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. read more
Rob Walker of the BBC Assignment team investigates what’s happened to billions of dollars in oil revenues paid to the government of Equatorial Guinea since it's oil boom in the 1990s. Anthea Lawson from Global... read more
Global Witness has long campaigned for companies to come clean about who actually owns them. In most countries in the world individuals can legally disguise their identities and their assets behind anonymous shell... read more
Diamonds worth hundreds of millions of dollars are due to be put on sale on Friday by a joint Chinese-Zimbabwean company with strong military ties. The auction follows last month's decision by the industry watchdog... read more
China, the largest buyer of Sudanese crude oil, is pressing Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan to end a row that has led to the blockade of about 200,000 barrels a day of crude oil and contributed to... read more