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In June 2014, Global Witness' published a briefing paper calling on the government of South Sudan to issue a moratorium on all new contracts, and to call a halt to all contract negotiations until peace and the rule of... 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 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
Global Witness today expressed grave concern about the escalating humanitarian crisis in the world’s most oil-dependent country, as violence spread beyond South Sudan’s capital Juba, to Jonglei and Unity states.  “... 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
Global Witness called on South Sudan’s government to swiftly enact the Petroleum Revenue Management Bill, a vital piece of legislation that will govern how income from the country’s oil sector will be managed. The call... read more
Global Witness is calling on Sudan and South Sudan to re-examine and re-invigorate their commitments under the September 27, 2012 Cooperation Agreement, and work with international partners to ensure that oil does not... read more
简体中文 As oil production resumes in South Sudan this week, Global Witness is calling on the government to implement the transparency measures passed as part of oil legislation last year and to clarify recent reports of... 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
简体中文 Amid reports of endemic corruption, escalating security concerns, and delays restarting crude oil production, South Sudan’s new oil laws offer grounds to be optimistic about the prospects for development and... read more
With independence on 9 July 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became both the newest and the most oil-dependent country in the world. South Sudan has been blessed with oil wealth that, if managed responsibly, could... 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
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
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
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
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
Global Witness today expressed grave concern about the escalating humanitarian crisis in the world’s most oil-dependent country, as violence spread beyond South Sudan’s capital Juba, to Jonglei and Unity states.  “... read more
Global Witness called on South Sudan’s government to swiftly enact the Petroleum Revenue Management Bill, a vital piece of legislation that will govern how income from the country’s oil sector will be managed. The call... read more
Global Witness is calling on Sudan and South Sudan to re-examine and re-invigorate their commitments under the September 27, 2012 Cooperation Agreement, and work with international partners to ensure that oil does not... read more
简体中文 As oil production resumes in South Sudan this week, Global Witness is calling on the government to implement the transparency measures passed as part of oil legislation last year and to clarify recent reports of... read more
简体中文 Amid reports of endemic corruption, escalating security concerns, and delays restarting crude oil production, South Sudan’s new oil laws offer grounds to be optimistic about the prospects for development 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
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
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
South Sudan must exercise caution and total transparency in pursuing oil-backed financing, said Global Witness today. The detailed publication of any loan agreement will be critical in preventing exploitative terms,... read more
The African Union, China, and western governments must push for an immediate resolution to the ongoing oil dispute between Sudan and South Sudan, said Global Witness today. The call comes as the two sides resume talks... read more
The new state of South Sudan must guarantee transparency and accountability in its oil sector in order to demonstrate its commitments to sustainable development and combating corruption, said Global Witness today. The... read more
The governments of north and south Sudan must deliver on stated commitments to transparency in the oil sector in order to preserve peace and drive development, said Global Witness ahead of a new round of oil talks which... 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
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
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
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
With independence on 9 July 2011, the Republic of South Sudan became both the newest and the most oil-dependent country in the world. South Sudan has been blessed with oil wealth that, if managed responsibly, could... read more
With only days before South Sudan is due to secede on 9 July, Sudan is the closest to war that it has been since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between North and South Sudan in January 2005, said... read more
The purpose of this paper is to provide recommendations drawn from our expertise and experience in Sudan and elsewhere in order to assist in the development of a robust Petroleum Law in South Sudan. We also draw from a... 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
The purpose of this paper is to provide suggestions for ways in which a new, post-referendum oil deal between north and south Sudan could be made as transparent as possible in order to ensure that the deal is stable and... read more
This short briefing document outlines the transparency provisions required for a new oil deal in Sudan. Its annex outlines suggested wording for these provisions. With the referendum on southern secession scheduled... read more
With six months until a referendum on Southern independence, Sudan is alarmingly unprepared.  Renewing the Pledge is published by a coalition of 26 NGOs, including Global Witness from Africa, the Middle East,... read more
A fair and transparent arrangement for sharing and monitoring the revenues from Sudan's oil fields should be a top priority for negotiators from north and south Sudan who begin talks today  on what will happen if... read more
Global Witness has obtained images appearing to show evidence of oil exploration in Sudan's northern Darfur region. This image shows a camp in the region in question.  Oil wealth could provide an incentive for... 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
  سوف تتاح هذه الصفحة قريباً باللغة العربية Please click on the links below to download Global Witness' new report, or scroll down the page to view the press release (available in English, Chinese and Arabic... read more
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. 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
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
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
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
Southern Sudan looks set to vote for independence – but lingering questions over the future of Abyei are worrying, asks the Guardian's Peter Moszyinski. Read here. 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
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
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. 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
Sudan said on Monday it had halted landlocked South Sudan's oil exports until the two agree on a transit fee, stepping up a row between the former civil war foes over how to untangle their once-integrated oil industries... read more
A suspected Sudanese air strike on a refugee camp in South Sudan will not trigger a return to war but belligerent posturing on both sides will complicate and slow talks over oil transit fees and other sensitive disputes... read more
As its independence draws near, South Sudan has yet to agree how to divide oil revenues with its northern neighbor, which has the infrastructure to export the oil the south needs to sell to survive - read here. read more
Heavy fighting along the border between north and south Sudan has displaced tens of thousands of people and further complicated next month's planned southern independence, jeopardizing billions of dollars in oil revenue... read more
BBC - Sudan 'needs clearer oil-sharing deal' read more