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Media advisory: HSBC sets aside $1.5 billion for money laundering fine

5th November 2012
Today, HSBC added $800 million to the money it has set aside to cover US fines for money laundering, bringing the total amount that the bank has set aside for this issue to $1.5 billion. If the fine was of this level – and today HSBC warned that it could be even larger – it would make it one of the largest ever imposed on a bank.

 Today, HSBC added $800 million to the money it has set aside to cover US fines for money laundering, bringing the total amount that the bank has set aside for this issue to $1.5 billion.  If the fine was of this level – and today HSBC warned that it could be even larger – it would make it one of the largest ever imposed on a bank. 

FT sheds further light on opaque dealings in Angolan oil sector

18th April 2012
Revelations in the Financial Times on 16th April have underlined concerns, first raised by Global Witness two years ago, that senior officials in Angola have attempted to make private profits from the impoverished country’s oil sector via undisclosed interests in front companies.

Revelations in the Financial Times on 16th April have underlined concerns, first raised by Global Witness two years ago, that senior officials in Angola have attempted to make private profits from the impoverished country’s oil sector via undisclosed interests in front companies.

FT sheds further light on opaque dealings in Angolan oil sector

18th April 2012
Revelations in the Financial Times on 16th April have underlined concerns, first raised by Global Witness two years ago, that senior officials in Angola have attempted to make private profits from the impoverished country’s oil sector via undisclosed interests in front companies.

Revelations in the Financial Times on 16th April have underlined concerns, first raised by Global Witness two years ago, that senior officials in Angola have attempted to make private profits from the impoverished country’s oil sector via undisclosed interests in front companies.

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 Witness's Banks campaign was interviewed.

 

This powerful new film from The Guardian documents the continued violent abuse of civilians, in particular women, in the mines of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Newsletter 30th November 2010

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Briefing: Uganda's donors must push for oil transparency
Uganda may be on the verge of an oil boom which, if managed properly, ...

Court decision on Congo sanctions Judicial Review ‘regrettable’
It is regrettable that the High Court has denied permission for a Judicial Review...

Global Witness takes UK government to court for failing to list UK companies trading Congo conflict minerals for UN sanctions
The British government is acting unlawfully in refusing to put forward eligible UK companies...

U.S. passes landmark reforms on resource transparency
Global Witness strongly welcomes a ground-breaking new bill, passed by the U.S. Senate today,...

Financial analysts reveal Angolan Government’s shameful secret. Where are the ‘missing billions’?
Reuters in Luanda reported yesterday that US$1.5 billion in oil revenues, over one-third...

Mission Reports of the Independent Monitor
Mission Reports of the Independent Monitor Date of mission Report no. Titles Companies 08.06.06 014...

Do No Harm: A guide for companies sourcing from the DRC
Rebels, militias and army units have hijacked the trade in mineral ores from eastern...

Cameroon IFM End of Contract Project Review
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New Cambodian anti-corruption plan will not stop high-level offenders
Cambodia's new anti-corruption strategy is a welcome step forward but there are some serious...

New report reveals luxury market fuelling illegal destruction of Madagascar’s forests
Consumer demand for expensive rosewood furniture and musical instruments in China and elsewhere is the...

Global Witness welcomes arrest of Congo rebel leader over mass rapes
Role of natural resources must be included in investigations Global Witness welcomed the arrest this...

Global Witness welcomes UN report highlighting link between minerals and conflict in DRC and calls for end to impunity for crimes
Global Witness welcomes the confirmation, in a landmark UN report published today, of strong...

Excerpt of US Financial Reform Act 2010 - section 1502
Provisions in the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (also known...

Congo mining ban: a first step towards ending ‘conflict mineral’ trade?
A new ban on mining in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could provide breathing...

Proposed law would cost cash-strapped Liberian Government millions
Logging companies in Liberia are trying to get out of paying millions of dollars in...

Global Witness welcomes Norwegian government disinvestment from predatory loggers Samling
Global Witness today welcomed the Norwegian Government Pension Fund's decision to disinvest from the...

Campbell testimony shines light on blood diamonds and the importance of international justice
The role of natural resources in funding conflict will be highlighted by the testimony of...

Financial Times - IEA fear oil spike if climate pledges fail
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BBC World - Liberian president sacks all but one ministers
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TIME Magazine - Why fighting corruption in Asia involves battling apathy
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Express Tribune - Is your cell phone soaked in Congolose blood?
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Associated Press - Diamond watchdog debates Zimbabwe exports
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Christian Science Monitor - Oil-rich Abyei - Time to update the shorthand for Sudan’s flashpoint border town
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Daily Telegraph - Failure to hold foreign governments to account means that our aid is wasted
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Channel 4 News - Zimbabwe ‘blood diamonds’ abuses uncovered
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Conflict diamond scheme must resolve Zimbabwe impasse
The Kimberley Process (KP) rough diamond certification scheme must reach a credible agreement with the...

Congolese victims file class action against Canadian mining company
This press release is available in French.Read class action.Montreal, Canada.  An association representing Congolese citizens...


 Montréal, Canada.  Une association représentant des citoyens congolais a déposé aujourd’hui  auprès d’un tribunal de...

BBC News - French appeals court reopens African assets case
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CBC News - Congolese try suing Anvil Mining in Canada
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More transparency in resource sector vital for Congo to benefit from debt relief
Last week’s long-awaited decision by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to forgive $12.3...

Global Witness statement on alleged Liberian carbon corruption
Earlier this year, a Global Witness investigation into a proposed deal between the Liberian government...

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Feasibility Study on Independent Forest Monitoring in the DR Congo
Global Witness conducted a three month Feasibility Study on Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) in the...

Lessons learned from IFM in Cameroon
Global Witness carried out Independent Forest Monitoring in Cameroon between 2000 and 2005. Our work resulted...

U.S: Promote Global Financial Transparency at G20 Summit
(Washington, DC) - The United States should press for greater transparency and accountability in the...

Open letter to David Cameron calls for focus on anti-corruption measures at key G20 meet
Ahead of the G20 Leader’s Summit in Seoul on 11–12 November, Global Witness and partner...

Task Force: G20 Action on Development and Corruption Welcome, But More Transparency Needed
Seoul, South Korea –  New plans from the G20 to tackle corruption and ...

Nicaragua Mission Reports
Mission Reports of the Independent MonitorDate of missionReport no.TitlesOwners/Companies 09 - 11.12.08    023Authorisations 0164, 0135, 0128, 1604-0093,...

Field mission reports - Cameroon
Mission Reports of the Independent Observer* Only French version availableDate of missionReport no.TitlesCompanies25.01.05121*SSV 10 02...

Submission to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on conflict minerals
In July 2010 the U.S. Senate passed a groundbreaking law that promotes greater ...

Industry must refuse Zimbabwe diamonds certified by rogue monitor
The World Diamond Council and other diamond industry bodies must immediately issue clear public statements...

Guyana's Ambitious Plan To Stop Deforestation - Global Witness's Follow-Up Questions
Following the question and answer event in London on 18 November 2009, Global Witness submitted...


Global Witness apologises unreservedly to Amalgamated Metal Corporation ("AMC") for the re-publication of a press...

MFI en Nicaragua
Global Witness y el Instituto Nacional Forestal de Nicaragua (INAFOR), han firmado la renovación del...

Newsletter 25th November 2010

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Guyana's Ambitious Plan To Stop Deforestation - Global Witness's Follow-Up Questions
Following the question and answer event in London on 18 November 2009, Global Witness submitted...

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Newsletter 25th November 2010

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Guyana's Ambitious Plan To Stop Deforestation - Global Witness's Follow-Up Questions
Following the question and answer event in London on 18 November 2009, Global Witness submitted...

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I was working for years as a journalist in Africa before joining Global Witness. The beauty of working here is that you can go more deeply into stories than is possible with a media organisation. You get the time and support you need to do thorough investigations and have lots of people who share your enthusiasm.