The illicit trade in diamonds has funded brutal wars and human rights abuses for decades. Despite significant progress, the problem has not gone away.
A Rough Trade
A seminal Global Witness report on the role of diamonds in funding the Angolan civil war.
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Oil, Gas and Mining
Money from oil, gas and mining can help lift entire countries out of poverty in much of the developing world. Properly managed, it can build schools, hospitals and roads, and reduce dependency on international aid. But all too often, the revenue goes missing because deals are done behind closed doors, allowing small, corrupt elites to profit at the expense of ordinary citizens.
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The Turn Towards Transparency
The global movement to end the corruption that has helped keep citizens in resource-rich countries poor.
Press Release / Aug. 4, 2009
Private oil firm's shareholders have same names as top Angolan government officials
A private oil company in Angola, given permission by the state oil company Sonangol to bid for potentially lucrative oil rights, has shareholders with the same names as Sonangol's chairman and other top officials, Global Witness has learned. Angola is one of the two top oil-producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa but most of its people still live in dire poverty.
Press Release / Oct. 3, 2008
ANGOLA: THREAT TO BAN HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS
INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS MUST TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS A threat to ban a prominent human rights group in Angola, Africa's top oil producer, is raising serious concerns in the wake of recent elections. Civil society in Angola and internationally is calling on the Angolan government, the EU and other international bodies to protect human rights defenders in the country.
Press Release / June 10, 2008
RETURN OF BLOCKED OIL MONEY TO ANGOLA INVOLVES OPAQUE DEAL WITH SWISS ARMS COMPANY
Civil society organisations today expressed serious concerns over plans by the Swiss Development Agency (DDC) to return millions blocked in Swiss banks to Angola, including for a demining project awarded untransparently to RUAG, a Swiss arms manufacturer which currently does not have the requisite capacity for demining. Action Place financière Suisse, the Berne Declaration and Global Witness called on the Swiss authorities to rethink their decision and institute a competitive bidding process for the demining project.
Briefing Document / June 4, 2008
Closure of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Angola
The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Luanda was closed at the end of May 2008. In light of this, we the undersigned Angolan and international organizations (working with Angolan partners), wish to state the following:
Feb. 19, 2007
Angola: requerida a libertação imediata de activista contra a corrupção
Global Witness, o grupo Britânico que trabalha pelos direitos humanos e contra a corrupção exige a libertação imediata e incondicional da sua funcionária Dr. Sarah Wykes, uma activista altamente respeitada no circuito internacional.
Press Release / Feb. 19, 2007
Angola: Immediate release of anti-corruption campaigner required
Human rights and anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness is demanding the immediate and unconditional release of their employee Dr Sarah Wykes, a highly respected international anti-corruption campaigner.
June 10, 2008
Restitution des fonds publics angolais détournés : Complicité entre la DDC et RUAG
L'Action Place financière Suisse, la Déclaration de Berne et Global Witness protestent contre la décision de la DDC de mandater RUAG, producteur suisse d'armements, pour un projet de déminage en Angola dans le cadre de la restitution de revenus pétroliers angolais détournés et qui ne dispose actuellement pas de capacité suffisante pour le déminage. Les ONG demandent que la DDC revienne sur sa décision et fasse un appel d'offre public pour ce projet. L'entreprise RUAG appartient à la Confédération helvétique et représente, avec ses usines