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By Porter McConnell - Manager of the Financial Transparency Coalition. When the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development was created in 2009, only a handful of experts were following the issue of... read more
There have been two cost/benefit analyses carried out looking at the costs of a beneficial ownership registry: one done by the UK in 2002 and one done by the European Commission in 2007. Both concluded that public... read more
Campaign group Global Witness has backed a call by prominent figures including Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof and Graca Machel for Africa’s natural resource wealth to be used for the benefit of its people. This year’s report... read more
Lire en français Planned revisions to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s hydrocarbons law contain major flaws that could allow gross mismanagement of the country’s oil wealth and serious environmental impacts. The... read more
Global Witness raised repeated concerns of corruption risks over opaque mining deals in Congo  The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced yesterday that they are opening a criminal investigation into FTSE 100... read more
Beny Steinmetz Group Resources says there was no corrupt behaviour in its acquisition of licences to one of the world’s largest iron ore concessions, in the West African nation of Guinea. It asserts that the wife of a... read more
Cliquez ici pour lire ce communiqué de presse enfrançais The US authorities have arrested a man in Florida in connection with the controversial acquisition of mining rights in Guinea by Beny Steinmetz Group Resources (... read more
To read in English, click here. L’Italia deve garantire l’evidenza di tali pagamenti in conformità alla nuova direttiva sulla trasparenza Secondo gli atti di un caso recentemente al vaglio della High Court del Regno... read more
To read about Shell's alleged meeting with Etete, click here. Leggi in italiano Italy must ensure new Transparency Directive reveals such payments Proceedings in a recent UK High Court case have revealed that Italian... read more
To read about ENI's alleged meetings with Etete, click here.  Meanwhile Shell attempts to weaken laws that will reveal such payments Proceedings in a recent UK High Court case have revealed that Royal Dutch Shell... read more
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Anti-Corruption was established on the 7th November 2011 to “bring together interested Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords to raise awareness of the impact of... 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
Shareholders of London-listed Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation will meet on Friday 28 December to vote on a $550 million deal aimed at buying out its main copper-and-cobalt mining partner in the Democratic... read more
Global Witness welcomes the public response of the Ministry of Mines to our Copper Bottomed? report on Afghanistan’s biggest private investment and the country’s first major extractives agreement – the 2008 Aynak copper... read more
For Immediate Release Bloomberg and Reuters news agencies have reported that the International Monetary Fund has halted its loan programme with the Democratic Republic of Congo because of concerns over transparency in... read more
Global Witness available for comment The first official analysis of the “Kabul Bank Crisis” of 2010 reveals an urgent need for reform in the international banking system, said Global Witness today. The “Report of the... read more
To read the full report, click here. 简体中文 برای دانلود متن کامل گزارش، اینجا را کلیک کنید په پښــــــــتو ژبه د راپور لنډیز د لوستلو لپاره دغه ځای کلیک کړی Afghanistan’s biggest mining deal has major implications for... read more
په پښــــــــتو ژبه د راپور لنډیز د لوستلو لپاره دغه ځای کلیک کړی برای دانلود متن کامل گزارش، اینجا را کلیک کنید د نړيوال شاهد يا (Global Witness)   په وینا،  د افغانستان د تر ټولو لوی کان استخراج کولای... read more
برای دانلود متن کامل گزارش، اینجا را کلیک کنید په پښــــــــتو ژبه د راپور لنډیز د لوستلو لپاره دغه ځای کلیک کړی چیزی را که امروز نهاد گلوبل ویتنس بیان می نماید اینست که،  بزرگترین قرارداد استخراج معدن افغانستان می... read more
Русская версия здесь Updated 7 December 2012 Maxim Bakiyev appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London today in relation to extradition proceedings filed by the United States regarding an ongoing insider... read more
Cliquez ici pour lire en français 简体中文 The Financial Times has published serious corruption allegations relating to the confiscation of half of one of the world’s biggest iron ore concessions and its granting to a... read more
Today’s edition of the UK’s Daily Mail has reported that FTSE 100 miner ENRC has “resolved not to buy mineral rights via controversial middlemen who campaign groups say pose an appearance or risk of corruption”. The... read more
For immediate release: October 11, 2012 Global Witness is outraged by a lawsuit filed by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others to gut Section 1504, an important anti-corruption... 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
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
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
To the Heads of State and Finance Ministers of the G20 We are writing to ask the G20 to ensure that its Pittsburgh summit this September results in a strong and explicit statement on the need to fight corruption... read more
This joint briefing paper by Global Witness, Tax Justice Network, Christian Aid and Global Financial Integrity explains how illicit financial flows out of the developing world is entrenching poverty. These... 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
In July Global Witness alleged that Samling, a company with a history of illegal logging, was linked to three companies bidding for forestry management contracts in Liberia. In reponse to these allegations, Samling... read more
The Joint Scrutiny Committee in the UK Parliament is currently considering the Draft Bribery Bill produced by the Ministry of Justice under Anti-corruption Champion Jack Straw MP. Global Witness made a submission to... read more
Three firms linked to Malaysian timber giant Samling, a company notorious for destroying tropical forests and abusing local communities, have been considered for major logging contracts in Liberia because of flaws in... read more
The takeover of Hungary’s largest independent gas supplier, Emfesz, by a shell company with unknown owners has once again highlighted the opacity of the natural gas trade from the former Soviet Union, a key... read more
5 March 2009  Dear President Barroso, Global Witness is a non-governmental organisation that campaigns against the misuse of natural resource wealth for corruption and conflict. We wish to request a meeting with... read more
Global Witness lead investigator, Anthea Lawson, tells members of the House Financial Services Committee, including Chairman Barney Frank, that a catalogue of failures in the design and enforcement of anti-money... read more
New report, Undue Diligence, names some of the major banks who have done business with corrupt regimes. By accepting these customers, banks are assisting those who are using state assets to enrich themselves or... read more
Targeted measures to strengthen natural resource governance must be an integral component of U.S. foreign policy to enhance energy security, prevent conflict, improve investment climates and contribute to the... read more
In the course of its investigation into Cambodia's oil, gas and mining sectors, Global Witness obtained a number of key documents. Global Witness believes that it is important that these documents, which include key... read more
05.02.2009 | Country for Sale
UPDATE JULY 09: VISIT OF CAMBODIAN PRIME MINISTER WOULD UNDERMINE LABOUR'S ANTI-CORRUPTION PLEDGES UPDATE MAY 09: GLOBAL WITNESS WELCOMES CAMBODIA SAND EXPORT BAN  UPDATE MAY 09: GLOBAL WITNESS SLAMS DONOR... read more
By Porter McConnell - Manager of the Financial Transparency Coalition. When the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development was created in 2009, only a handful of experts were following the issue of... 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
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
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
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
"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
Article: Why fighting corruption in Asia involves battling apathy 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
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
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
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
For centuries, wave after wave of colonists and foreign investors have swept through Africa, looking for profits from the continent’s abundant reserves of oil and prized minerals, write Beth Morrissey, Himanshu... read more
With Colonel Muammar Gaddafi all but gone, Libya's prospects can be summed up in one word: oil, says Vivienne Walt in TIME Magazine. Far different from the revolutions in Tunisia or Egypt, or the rebellions in Yemen... read more
Human rights organisations are calling on donor governments to reassess their aid programmes to Cambodia if the country passes a law that can be used to muzzle local and foreign NGOs, writes the Guardian's Marc Tran. read more
Beyond the immediate priority of securing control of the LIA assets frozen as a result of international sanctions, the challenge confronting Libya’s new leadership is how to reform an institution that, if it survives in... read more
The 40-nation Libya contact group is meeting with the Interim National Transitional Council to decide how best to support the rebels against Muammar Gaddafi's forces. Global Witness's Brendan O'Donnell argues on Comment... 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
 High street banks in the United Kingdom could have helped fuel corruption in Nigeria by accepting millions of dollars in deposits from dubious politicians in the west African nation, an international corruption... read more