Press release / May 1, 2018

Global Witness Response to the Government's acceptance of public ownership registers for UK overseas territories

Naomi Hirst, Anti-Corruption Campaigner at Global Witness said:

“Today’s announcement is a huge win in the fight against the corruption, tax dodging and money laundering.

The UK’s tax havens have featured in countless corruption and money laundering cases – ending their corporate secrecy will throw a huge spanner in the works of corrupt dictators, tax evaders and organised criminals.

This is the result of years of dogged campaigning by MPs, investigative journalists and a coalition of anti-corruption and anti-poverty campaigners from around the world.

This now raises the stakes for the remaining jurisdictions which are happy to sell secrecy – it is now only a matter of time until anonymous companies are a thing of the past.”

/ ENDS

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Ava Lee, Senior Communications Advisor, Anti-Corruption

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