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 / Feb. 19, 2007
Angola: Demande de libération immédiate d'une activiste contre la corruption demandée
Global Witness, une organisation travaillant sur les droits de l'homme et la corruption, exige la libération immédiate et inconditionnelle de leur employée Dr. Sarah Wykes, une activiste internationale hautement respectée faisant campagne contre la corruption. Dr Wykes a été arrêtée par des policiers angolais armés dimanche 18 février au matin à Cabinda, alors qu'elle se trouvait en Angola, un pays riche en pétrole, pour rencontrer des représentants de la société civile locale et discuter des progrès dans la transparence du secteur pétrolier angolais.
Press Release / Nov. 4, 2005
Après la restitution des fonds bloqués á l'Angola: Rendre l'argent de la corruption ne doit pas signifier l'impunité
Un accord a été signé le 1er novembre entre l’Angola et la Suisse sur la restitution de 21 mil-lions de dollars. Cette décision a été prise malgré l’appel lancé par diverses organisations de la société civile, tant d’Angola que de Suisse, qui demandaient que l’enquête sur les actes de corruption liés à cette somme soit poursuivie.
Press Release / Feb. 26, 2003
Is Angola’s price for Security Council support over Iraq a licence to continue state looting?
UK Foreign Office Minister Baroness Amos’ current visit to Guinea, Angola and Cameroon, which takes place hot on the heels of last week’s visit by US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Walter Kansteiner, seems geared to persuading the undecided to back a second UN Resolution on Iraq. Leaving aside arguments about Iraq, Global Witness is greatly concerned about what price Angola expects to extract for its support, and what has been, or is likely to be given in exchange for support at the UN?
Press Release / March 25, 2002
New Report Targets Embezzlement of Billions of Angola’s Petrodollars to Bring Chance for Lasting Peace
The possibility for a lasting peace dawns in Angola after the death of sociopathic UNITA boss Jonas Savimbi. Meanwhile, senior representatives of the UN Security Council meet today under an initiative of Norway’s chairmanship to discuss how to tackle the economic agendas underpinning conflicts like the Angolan civil war.
Press Release / Feb. 15, 2001
TotalFinaElf make non-statement for Transparency in Angola
In an attempt this Tuesday by TotalFinaElf to “match” BP’s position on transparency in Angola, the French oil major declared that it had turned over “precise technical and financial information” to the IMF and the World Bank.
Press Release / Feb. 25, 2002
Savimbi death offers peace and chance for reflection on natural resources that fund conflict in Angola and across Africa
Following nearly four decades of conflict, the death of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi on Friday offers a window for peace in Angola in which to address the role of oil and diamonds in funding the civil war.
Press Release / Feb. 8, 2002
Blair and Chirac must require transparency of resource revenues as a key to African development
Tony Blair’s call for a clamp down on companies that fuel wars across Africa is a landmark statement that must be followed with genuine regulatory action. The lack of transparency in resource extraction industries across Africa sees the corporate sector providing major funds to unaccountable military and political elites who then use conflict to cover corruption and embezzlement in countries such as Angola (oil and diamonds), Democratic Republic of Congo (timber, diamonds, coltan), Sierra Leone (diamonds, Liberian timber) and the Sudan (oil).
Press Release / Feb. 22, 2002
Difficult questions for Bush and dos Santos on Angolan oil sleaze, starving children, and billions of disappearing dollars
On Tuesday 26th February, President Bush will meet with the unaccountable leader of a country that “tolerates starvation” and is “not transparent”. However, he is not from North Korea but from oil-rich Angola. When they meet, President Bush must call President dos Santos of Angola to account over Angola’s failed state and the full-scale embezzlement of oil money by its ruling elite. Global Witness director Simon Taylor said, “this is a great chance for President Bush to provide a clear message about the importance of corporate transparency in the post-Enron era”.
Press Release / Nov. 22, 2000
Angola’s Oil & Gas Conference Misses the Boat on Corruption
The list of keynote speakers and subjects for discussion at Angola’s second annual “Oil & Gas Investments in Angola” conference reads like a whose who for business as usual. “There are some potentially interesting topics for discussion, such as that of BP-Amoco: ‘Expectations of an International Oil Company in Angola’. This needs to include the issue of corruption and the need for corporate transparency about tax and royalty payments to governments”, said Simon Taylor of Global Witness.