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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
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
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
Civil society groups today questioned recent media reporting on increased transparency in Uganda’s petroleum sector and called for the Government to commit to publish all oil deals.  The call comes as the Ugandan... read more
  د مدني ټولنې کارکوونکو نن وویل چې، د افغانستان دولت او مدني ټولنه، باید ژمنه وکړي چې، د تیلو، ګاز او د کانونوټولې معاملې، د هغو له ټولو جزئیاتو سره خپاره کړي او د سیمې له خلکو سره سلا مشورې وکړي. دا په داسې حال... 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
The Tokyo Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (8th July) brings together the Afghan government, international donors and civil society for a one-day event which will set the framework for future assistance to the... read more
Thirteen congressional representatives sent a letter today to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, ahead of a key donor conference on Afghanistan being held in Tokyo later this week. The letter highlights the... read more
WASHINGTON, DC - Global Witness applauds the bipartisan call by 58 Members of Congress for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to immediately release the final rules for two sections of the Dodd-Frank Wall... read more
ENRC must address corruption concerns in DRC and publish findings. Click the link below to download the full memo. read more
On July 8th 2012, the international community and Afghan government will meet in Tokyo to discuss Afghanistan's future development. Ahead of the conference, Global Witness has joined national and international NGOs in a... read more
Télécharger le communiqué de presse en français   Read Global Witness's memo to ENRC's shareholders Lire le mémo adressé par Global Witness aux actionnaires d’ENRC en français Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation... read more
Explanations made by Shell and ENI about payments made for a controversial oil deal in Nigeria are no longer sufficient and they must immediately come clean with more information about the deal, said Global Witness... 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
Significant gaps in the data published by the Angolan government about its earnings from the oil industry undermine its attempts to shed a reputation for corruption, says a new study by Global Witness and the Open... read more
Today's decision by the UN Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) to suspend awarding the "UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences," is a welcome - but long... read more
UNESCO should use this month's executive board meeting to cancel its prize named after and funded by Teodoro Obiang, the president of Equatorial Guinea, said Global Witness and partner groups today. "President Obiang's... read more
At tomorrow's UN summit on Sudan, President Obama and other world leaders must address the disputes over oil that threaten to trigger a civil war in Africa's biggest country, campaign group Global Witness said today. [1... read more
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization should cancel the Obiang Prize at its next session in October 2010, Global Witness and 95 partner groups said in a letter sent to UNESCO Executive... read more
Download report here Скачать доклад на русском *Supporting document: President Nazarbayev's hotel bill from his official visit to the UK in 2006.  This was sent to Kazakhmys plc (see Risky Business p.30). ... read more
Global Witness briefing - 5 Principles for a Post-Referendum Oil deal in Sudan  A fair and transparent arrangement for sharing and monitoring the revenues from Sudan's oil fields should be a top priority for... read more
Read this release in Arabic Satellite evidence obtained by campaign group Global Witness suggests an area in the far north of Darfur in Sudan is being explored for oil. Darfur, a region roughly the size of Spain, has... read more
Read the Cambodian Embassy's response to this press release  Cambodia's international donors must tackle head on the gross mismanagement of the country's natural resources at tomorrow's government-donor meeting,... read more
The investment bank Goldman Sachs is backing an oil deal in Angola by U.S. firm Cobalt International Energy, despite a risk that local partners in the deal could expose Cobalt to prosecution for corruption in the United... read more
Statement on Singapore's response to this report Read Cambodia's response to this report Singapore's rapid expansion is driving an ecologically and socially devastating sand-dredging industry in Cambodia, according to... read more
The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has done the bare minimum needed to protect its credibility in choosing to ‘delist' Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe at its Berlin Board... read more
In the final days of business before the General Election, Parliament has passed new anti-bribery legislation, sending an unequivocal message that bribery by British companies will not be tolerated at home or abroad.... read more
Global Witness warned today that a new strategy from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) aimed at encouraging investment in gas-rich Turkmenistan could be exploited by the country's authoritarian... read more
Large discrepancies persist between the oil production data published by the government of Sudan and those published by the main Chinese oil company operating in the country, Global Witness said today, six months after... read more
For immediate release: 27 Oct 2014 South Sudan’s first post-independence oil deal is high-risk and in urgent need of further scrutiny, according to a new Global Witness report released today. The seven month... read more
To read press release in English, click here To read press release in Myanmar language, click here 25 oil and gas companies in Myanmar have set a global precedent by publishing who their real owners are, as detailed in... 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
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
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
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
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
Lire en français The Democratic Republic of Congo has struck a deal to buy back oil rights from a secretive offshore company for a sum likely to be hundreds of times the price the company paid several years earlier,... read more
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Click here to read the press release. The international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was set up to give citizens of resource-rich countries information about how much their governments were... read more
Read the press release here. Afghanistan is endowed with minerals that could be worth a trillion dollars. Both the Afghan government and their international partners understandably hope these resources will fuel... read more
简体中文 How secrecy in the oil & gas sector and the use of anonymous shell companies led to hundreds of millions of dollars being diverted away from Nigeria’s citizens and into the hands of a convicted money-launderer... 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
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
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
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
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
Britain‘s G8 presidency a chance to reframe the poverty debate It’s always encouraging to see our leaders pushing the right line for a change. Outlining his agenda for the G8 at the World Economic Forum in Davos... 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
Huffington Post blog written by Global Witness' Sudan and South Sudan Analyst, Dana Wilkins, available here. read more
Global Witness's Anthea Lawson and the Financial Task Force's Christine Clough discuss ways to address the illicit financial flows that threaten Uganda's extractive sector and wider economy. Read here. 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
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
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
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
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
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
 A founding myth in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea is said to have foretold the arrival of ExxonMobil, the American oil giant that is preparing to extract natural gas here and ship it overseas.  ... 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
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
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
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
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
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