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Global Witness applauds Representatives Maloney (D-NY), Frank (D-MA) and Lynch (D-MA) for introducing legislation that would tackle corporate secrecy. If passed into law, the Incorporation Transparency and Law... 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
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
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
Three years after the near collapse of the international banking system and as it faces new instability, the governments of the Group of 20 leading economic powers (G20) must focus on the underlying, systemic causes of... read more
Marrakesh - Today 140 governments acknowledged systemic failures in the controls that should stop banks taking dictators’ money, in a move welcomed by anti-corruption campaigners Global Witness and Sherpa. The... read more
The European Commission took a vital step on Tuesday towards helping millions of people in poor countries to benefit from their natural resources by proposing legislation requiring EU-based oil, gas, mining and timber... read more
Today the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) unsealed an asset forfeiture claim against a $30m Malibu house, a $38.5 million Gulfstream jet and other assets owned by the son of the President of Equatorial Guinea, claiming... read more
Global Witness salue la décision récente du gouvernement congolais de contraindre les compagnies minières et les entreprises qui font le commerce des minerais opérant en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) à... 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
Global Witness welcomes the Congolese government’s recent decision to compel mining and mineral trading companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to carry out checks on their supply chains, in line... read more
Afghanistan and its allies must take urgent steps to prevent the potential benefits of its vast mineral and petroleum deposits being lost to the corruption that has plagued the aid effort of the last decade, said Global... read more
The decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s executive board on October 4, 2011, to defer any action on a highly controversial life sciences prize named after and funded by... read more
Developed countries must honour previous agreements by committing the billions of dollars needed to fund a key United Nations initiative to protect the world's remaining forests and prevent irreversible climate change,... read more
A Paris court's decision to convict 36 people in connection to illegal arms sales to Angola during its civil war in the 1990s, including arms dealers, middlemen and French politicians, is a victory for the rule of law... read more
The illegal cross-border timber trade between Burma and China has decreased significantly since 2005. However, ‘snake business' is widespread and the authorities in China should do more to clamp down, according to a new... read more
Campaign groups Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Liberia and Global Witness today welcomed the Liberian Auditor General's audit of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and called on the Government to act on its disturbing... read more
There is an imminent oil supply crunch that governments have failed to acknowledge or act upon, the impacts of which will be felt throughout every aspect of modern society which is heavily reliant on oil, according to a... read more
The UNCAC Coalition is very concerned about reports that the Russian Federation has taken steps to block attendance of a Georgian NGO at an upcoming UN meeting on corruption. The same Georgian group, the... read more
Congolese government should push companies to be more rigorous The Congolese government should be cautious about endorsing a new industry initiative to trace the origin of tin supplies from the Democratic Republic of... read more
Enhanced Protection Urgently Needed Due to Disastrous Toll on Civilian Populations The Congolese government’s military operation in eastern Congo, Kimia II, backed by United Nations peacekeepers and aimed at... read more
Bali hopes to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in jeopardy Bangkok - REDD negotiations ended explosively Thursday when, despite support from some 20 countries, the European Union blocked... read more
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should not go ahead with plans for a multi-million dollar loan to Angola, whose oil-rich government is highly corrupt, without stringent conditions that require the opening up of... read more
Agreement intended to protect forests will end up paying loggers to destroy them Bangkok - With the release of new text on Saturday, REDD, the forest component of the new climate change agreement, is clearly going in... read more
Dr. Rosalind Reeve, Head of the Forest Team at Global Witness, has been selected from ten candidates to represent civil society on the UN-REDD Policy Board. The UN-REDD Programme is currently assisting nine countries... read more
Bangkok ­- Today, the UNFCCC released new consolidated text for REDD, the part of the treaty intended to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation. With only two weeks of negotiations left before Copenhagen,... read more
Bangkok - The post-Kyoto United Nations climate agreement currently being negotiated in Bangkok is at risk of subsidising industrial scale logging of primary forests, according to Trick or Treat?: REDD, Development and... read more
The Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf should refuse to sign four 25-year forest management contracts which have been ratified by legislators despite warnings by NGOs of serious flaws in the allocation process,... read more
Summit communiqué calls for stronger anti-money laundering standards to help curb illicit flows of looted state funds The G20 has urged an international watchdog on anti-money laundering laws to prioritise the fight... 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
With the final meeting of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals taking place next week, Global Witness is pushing for clear goals and targets on land rights, forest management, and anti-corruption... read more
The tropical rainforests of Borneo are internationally recognized for their cultural and ecological significance, but they are under serious threat from unsustainable logging and agriculture. This threat is particularly... read more
Click here to read the associated press release. South Sudan is the world’s newest country and its most oil dependent. It is the midst of a violent crisis which has killed thousands and displaced almost 1 million South... read more
简体中文  Best known as the ‘conflict minerals provision,’ but Section 1502 of the Dodd Frank Act is a law that requires US-listed companies that use four minerals—tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold—in their products to... read more
Across the globe the trade in diamonds and coloured stones is associated with conflict and human rights abuse. Concerns about these issues in countries such as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe demonstrate that existing... 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
A government committee in Guinea today recommended stripping diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz of one of the world’s biggest iron ore concessions on evidence his company bribed the president’s wife. In a new report on... read more
1. What’s an anonymous company? 2. What’s a secrecy jurisdiction? 3. How much of a problem are anonymous companies? 4. How do anonymous companies hurt the world’s poorest people? 5. What’s a beneficial owner? 6. Aren’t... read more
South East Asia has experienced a rapid growth in the production of natural rubber over the past decade. With demand set to outstrip supply by around 10 per cent by 2020, the industry is expanding to new territories, as... read more
Click here to read the report. Global Witness and Integrity Watch Afghanistan today called on the Afghan government – and candidates in the country’s Presidential election – to commit to stronger protections against... read more
Version française ici According to a former partner at Ernst & Young, the global accountancy firm turned a blind eye when a report of major audit failures at Dubai’s biggest gold refinery went unpublished. A Global... read more
A coalition of 29 Afghan and international civil society organisations wrote to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to urge him to use his influence to strengthen the draft mining law then before the lower house of the Afghan... read more
简体中文 The last two decades have seen China’s rapid emergence as a global leader within the international timber trade – as an importer, manufacturer, consumer and exporter of a wide range of wood products, as well as an... 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
At this year’s annual Ted Global Conference in Edinburgh, Global Witness’s co-founding director Charmian Gooch gave a talk about the drivers of corruption, and what we can do about them.  Talking about some of the... 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