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Update In September 2007, the UK National Contact Point (NCP) issued its ‘initial assessment' of the Global Witness complaint, available at:   ... read more
Military Prosecutor in Kilwa Trial Recalled to Kinshasa: Political Pressure Intensifies After Former Anvil Mining Staff and Congolese Military Charged with Commission of or Complicity in War Crimes Download read more
Arms dealer and timber trader Guus Kouwenhoven found guilty of breaking a UN arms embargo on Liberia after Global Witness investigations catalysed Dutch prosecution. In The Hague today, Dutch arms and timber trader... read more
The critical role of the timber industry in helping to finance the brutal wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone will be under the international spotlight for the next three weeks. On 24th April 2006, Dutch timber baron Gus... read more
Soon after taking office, in early 1999, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen staked his job on the government’s ability to crackdown on illegal logging. Six years later, the web of corruption that has sustained the... read more
Global Witness welcomes the appointment of Matthew Hancock MP as the government’s new Anti-corruption Champion. “It’s great news that the UK’s fight against global corruption has its own champion - it’s badly needed.... read more
New information and documents handed to Global Witness and The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) raise questions about the role of outgoing Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and his son Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib... read more
Liberia should promptly revise its libel laws to meet international standards for freedom of expression and the media, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Global Witness said today in a letter to President... read more
Global Witness available for comment The Observer alleged today that one of the key companies involved in the horsemeat scandal was set up such that it hid the names of the people who own and control it.  "This... read more
Ottawa: In a decision that represents the end of any judicial relief in Canada for victims of the Kilwa massacre, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the application for leave to appeal brought in the case against... 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
Read the Global Witness background briefing on the Charles Taylor Verdict The 50-year prison sentence handed down to Charles Taylor by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague represents justice for the people of... read more
Read the Global Witness background briefing on the Charles Taylor Verdict Today’s verdict by the Special Court for Sierra Leone that Charles Taylor is guilty of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity... read more
Lire en  français Ottawa, 26 March 2012 – The Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI) has today filed an application with the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of Congolese families. The families are seeking... read more
Montreal, January 31, 2012 - The Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI), expressed its profound disappointment with last week’s decision by the Quebec Court of Appeal overturning the decision of the Quebec... read more
Max Mosley’s failure to make the European Court of Human Rights force publishers to give “prior notice” to subjects of their allegations before publication represents an important victory for freedom of speech and the... read more
 Montreal.  The Superior Court of Quebec has ruled today that the case against Canadian corporation Anvil Mining Limited in relation to alleged involvement in a 2004 massacre in the Democratic Republic of... 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
Background Global Witness is a non-governmental organisation that for 17 years has run pioneering campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated human rights abuses. We have exposed... read more
Download this briefing Read the press release: Justice for Sierra Leone and Charles Taylor found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity  On 26 April 2012 the Special Court for Sierra Leone found former... read more
Global Witness welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the report by the UN Secretary-General on how the United Nations system as a whole, including programmes, funds and specialized agencies, can contribute to... read more
As part of a coalition, Global Witness made a submission to the Ministry of Justice on its proposals for reform of civil litigation funding and costs in England and Wales. In this submission we highlight our concerns... read more
This briefing paper shows how the prosecutions of rogue businesses operating in situations of widespread violence can be made easier. Read the press release read more
Provisions in the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (also known as the Financial Reform Act) will require companies whose products contain cassiterite (tin ore), coltan (tantalum ore),... read more
Lord Lester has proposed a Private Members Bill on defamation which incorporates many of the previous government's recommendations for the rebalancing of England's libel laws back in favour of the public interest and... read more
Dear Ms Harman,            Global Witness is extremely disappointed and concerned to hear that Jack Straw's move to reduce the success fees charged by libel lawyers... read more
*Public version - text modified* Dear Sirs Re: UK Government Response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights' First Report of Session 2009-10: Any of our business? Human rights and the UK private sector Global Witness1... read more
CIVIL SOCIETY OPEN LETTER TO EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN COMMISSIONERS AND 27 FOREIGN MINISTERS Dear Council President, Dear Commission President and Commissioners, Dear Foreign Ministers, Our ten... read more
Global Witness, together with Amnesty International UK, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, Justice and REDRESS, submitted a briefing paper to the Parliament, prompted by the proposed reform of the current arrest warrant... read more
Global Witness in collaboration with Leigh Day & Co and six other organisations submitted a briefing paper to the European Commission, prompted by the UK Government’s recommendations about the review of the Brussels... read more
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a country with huge natural wealth. Almost every valuable natural resource can be found there, from a multitude of minerals – including diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt,... read more
Global Witness and Sherpa, along with Greenpeace France, Amis de la Terre, and a prominent Liberian activist, have lodged a complaint before the Public Prosecutor at the Court of Nantes against Dalhoff, Larsen and... read more
Global Witness and the Business and Human Rights Resources Centre co-hosted a event in Geneva on October 6, 2009, entitled "Follow the money - How companies are impacting human rights: corruption, payments to... read more
I was delighted to see Simon Singh's victory at the Court of Appeal last week, after a massively expensive, two-year fight to defend his right to contest the scientific opinion of the British... read more
By Charmian Gooch, Founding Director It's ironic that it takes the hushing of the England football captain's affair to highlight the scale of a problem that threatens campaign groups like Global Witness ... read more
Some donors do well, all donors can do better, writes Publish What You Fund. 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
BBC News - French appeals court reopens African assets case read more
CBC News -Congolese try suing Anvil Mining in Canada read more