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Urgent action required to challenge impunity of perpetrators, protect citizens and address root causes of environmental crisis Killings of people protecting the environment and rights to land increased sharply between... read more
On the eve of the premiere of James Cameron’s Years of Living Dangerously, a Showtime documentary on the human impacts of climate change and forest loss, investigations by Global Witness and Friends of the Earth reveal... 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
Global Witness called on the candidates to Afghan presidency to ensure a clean vote in tomorrow’s election – and to use the result to strengthen governance of Afghanistan’s natural resources so they can benefit all of... 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
Funds should be frozen instead, says anti-corruption group Today the Court of Appeal will rule on dividing up the proceeds of the sale of corruptly awarded Nigerian oil block OPL 245. This huge concession was awarded in... read more
Movie-star Governor turned environmental champion Arnold Schwarzenegger is part owner of an investment company backing some of the world’s most destructive logging companies, according to new Global Witness research.... read more
Click here to watch a short film on this story  Movie-star Governor turned environmental champion Arnold Schwarzenegger is part owner of an investment company backing some of the world’s most destructive logging... read more
UK oil company becomes the world’s first extractive firm to publish revenue payments to governments by project The UK company Tullow Oil today became the world’s first extractive firm to publish details of its revenue... 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
Vancouver, Canada (March 18, 2014) –This year’s TED Prize winner – Charmian Gooch of Global Witness – has announced that she will use the prestigious million-dollar award “to make it impossible for criminals and corrupt... 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
Version francaise Sherpa, Global Witness, Greenpeace France and Liberian NGO Green Advocates have today filed a legal complaint before the Senior Magistrate of the Regional Court of Montpellier against the French arm of... read more
Global Witness and Save My Future Foundation (SAMFU) today welcome the commitment by the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to make any expansion by the British palm oil company Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO) onto... read more
Global Witness welcomes today’s announcement by the UK Government that it will pass legislation in 2014 to ensure UK oil, gas, mining and logging companies publish details of their revenue payments to governments, such... read more
David Cameron will pledge today to make public the names of who actually owns and controls British companies, in a move applauded by Global Witness which has been campaigning on this issue for many years. This will make... read more
Version française 简体中文 The vast majority of logging revenues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were lost to tax avoidance and other illegal financial arrangements in 2012, an investigation by Global Witness... read more
The UK government must use the Open Government Partnership summit in London next week to end the secrecy surrounding who really owns millions of UK companies, campaigners said today. Discussions are underway right now... read more
Global Witness applauds Representatives Waters (D-CA) and Maloney (D-NY), who later today will introduce two pieces of legislation that would make it much harder for the corrupt and other criminals to misuse American... read more
Global Witness submission to Select Committee inquiry into oil and mining sectors calls for: a public register of real owners of UK companies speedy passing of new EU standard into UK law ensuring company... read more
New reports indicate that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s state-owned mining company, Gécamines, is in an advanced stage of negotiations to sell its stake in a lucrative copper mine without informing the... read more
Danish timber giant Dalhoff Larsen and Horneman (DLH) purchased illegal timber worth $304,870 from Liberia in 2012, Global Witness revealed today. One of the world's leading international timber and wood product... read more
The UK should be applauded for helping the international justice system do its job by agreeing to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor after his 50 year sentence for war crimes was upheld in the Hague last... read more
Version francaise International schemes to protect forests are unlikely to succeed until they ensure that local civil society and communities are at the heart of forest monitoring, according to a new report published by... read more
The upholding of former president of Liberia Charles Taylor's conviction for war crimes marks the final stage of justice for the people of Sierra Leone and the victims of its brutal war, said Global Witness today. In... 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 today responded to news that the EU has agreed to lift sanctions on the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation.  “The EU has rushed its decision to delist ZMDC before the dust has settled on... read more
Click here to read in English - Version française ici Una coalición de 59 organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONG) apela a la Comisión Europea para que apruebe una ley estricta que tenga como objetivo evitar que las... read more
Version française ici -  Haz clic aquí para leer en español A coalition of 59 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is calling on the European Commission to pass a strong law to prevent European... read more
Civil society submission to G20 anti-corruption working group, February 2012 read more
READ THE PRESS RELEASE READ THE REPORT Read the "Citizens checklist" aimed at preventing corruption in the award of oil, gas and mining licences. Lire la « Liste de vérification à l’attention des citoyens » en français... read more
Please see the attached letter from seven international non-governmental organizations, experts on the topic of illegal logging in Madagascar, to the Minister of Environment and Forests of Madagascar, regarding the... read more
This submission focuses on the role of the financial sector of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in facilitating a possible loss in value of billions of dollars from state mining assets in the Democratic Republic of... read more
Over the next three years, Afghanistan will be awarding contracts for many of its valuable mineral and petroleum reserves.  It is critical to Afghanistan’s future that access to these resources is managed carefully... read more
Read the press release The diamond trader looked me in the eye and said "If I don't buy them somebody else will". He was talking about blood diamonds from Angola, Sierra Leone and elsewhere. It was 1997 and I was... read more
Lire en français In July and August 2011, news came out that state mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Gécamines and Sodimico had sold stakes in four major mining sites without making the... read more
This briefing, carries out by consultant group LTS International, examines existing systems for ensuring that finance for the UN's Reducing Emissions through Deforestation and Degradation scheme, under which rich... read more
New research published by the Tax Justice Network shows that tax evasion costs 145 countries, representing over 98% of world GDP, more than US$3.1 trillion annually. In the UK for instance, a staggering £69.9 billion a... read more
In recent years, new and significant amounts of money have been committed by the international community in an effort to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). While this new... read more
Global Witness welcomes the recent statement by UK MP Eric Joyce raising concerns over the secretive sales of what appear to be billions-of-dollars-worth of mining assets in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr... read more
A shorter version of this article appeared in City AM.  Read Risky Business report on this issue  Zhezkazgan, Sverdlovsk, Pavlodar. Not names your average investor will have heard of, but all of them are... 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 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