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Lack of transparency threatens groundbreaking trade agreements with EU Visit Making the Forest Sector Transparent website  Governments of African timber exporters are not providing crucial public access to... read more
The latest draft of Liberia’s Petroleum Policy Paper (received 6 July 2012) marks a significant step forward for the development of a new framework to manage the country’s oil. However, while the policy contains a... read more
A Cambodian court has dropped its investigation into the murder of anti-logging activist Chut Wutty, in what can only be described as the latest effort to silence those who criticize the government’s abuse of the... read more
04.10.2012 | Privacy & Cookies
Use of cookies by Global Witness Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to... read more
Interactive map: watch Cambodia's land grab crisis worsening over time The sentencing of Cambodian activist Mom Sonando to 20 years in prison for supposedly masterminding a rebellion is the latest example of government... read more
Originally posted on the Taskforce on Financial Integrity’s website here. By Rosie Sharp Rosie Sharp is a Senior Campaigner for Global Witness, a member of the Task Force Coordinating Committee. You’re a criminal and... read more
Sudan and South Sudan’s new oil deal fails to guarantee citizens the basic information they need to hold their governments accountable for the vast amounts of money involved, said Global Witness today. After several... 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
This interactive map by Cambodian organisation Licadho lays bare the speed and scale of the landgrabbing crisis currently gripping Cambodia. Over 2.1 million hectares of land – roughly the total area of Wales... 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
19.09.2012 | Fairness Opinion
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
简体中文 Brendan O'Donnell, Head of Oil Campaign, Global Witness speak to VOA Global Witness welcome today’s European Parliamentary committee vote requiring that EU oil, gas, mining and timber companies publish... 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
For immediate release On the 14th September 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will begin a two day tour of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. The official purpose of the visit is to highlight the conservation activities... read more
(Bangkok)– Cambodia’s draft law regulating associations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should be abandoned because it will undermine rather than promote civil society in the country, said Human Rights Watch,... read more
Last minute revisions to the guidance for the UK’s new Bribery Act risk fundamentally undermining its ability to stop corruption, warned anti-corruption campaigners today. These revisions follow delays in implementation... read more
Read BBC Business Editor Robert Peston's blog on this call to governments. The governments that have frozen funds controlled by Gaddafi, Mubarak, Ben Ali and their cronies should name the banks holding their assets,... read more
Global Witness welcomes and supports the UN's decision to freeze the assets of the Libyan regime including those of Libya's National Oil Company (NOC). Freezing NOC's assets will help prevent... read more
简体中文 Pour consulter la version en français, veuillez cliquer ici. The huge potential of a multibillion-dollar deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo and China risks being undermined because the agreement is... read more
Guyana has seen deforestation rates soar over the last year, despite the signing of an agreement with the Norwegian government aimed precisely at supporting a reduction in deforestation rates, said Global Witness today... 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
Note: the image attached to this press release shows Roman Abramovich's Pelorus - understood to have been used as a blueprint for the planned Obiang yacht. Global Witness has learned that Teodorin Obiang, the notorious... read more
Update: Financial Times - EU closer to US-style financial reform The Publish What You Pay coalition strongly welcomes the announcement by the UK Government that it will push for the implementation of oil, gas and... read more
Global Witness and Transparency International (TI), together with 76 other organisations from around the world, have signed a letter to the Group of 20 leading economies calling for swift implementation of the G20’s... 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
25.07.2005 | Paying for Protection
Global Witness has long been concerned by the lack of transparency in payments by oil and mining companies to many governments around the world, because lack of transparency can often hide corruption and other... read more
Watch Channel 4’s new piece filmed at Bisie cassiterite mine in eastern DRC in June 2005. For more information go to the Channel 4 website. Other Languages French Downloads Under-Mining Peace.pdf read more
06.06.2005 | A Time For Justice
A Global Witness Briefing Document read more
Global Witness carried out Independent Forest Monitoring in Cameroon between 2000 and 2005. Our work resulted in significant improvements in forest law enforcement. This document summarises some of the achievements... 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
Global Witness is seeking an Executive Director to run the organisation and its pioneering investigations and campaigns. Please note that the deadline for applications has been extended until 5 January 2015. See here... 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
As President Barack Obama returns to Myanmar, leading members of the US Congress call for the country's rulers to live up to their promises of reform by allowing citizens access to the information and freedom... 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
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