Gold smuggled out of the Democratic Republic of Congo, some from rebel areas, has been sold on the international market through Uganda and the United Arab Emirates in the past year, according to a report published yesterday by the United Nations.
Diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz has failed in a bid to force Global Witness to hand over source material gathered in a corruption investigation after the UK’s data watchdog upheld statutory protections for public-interest journalism.
As part of its transition to democratic reform, in October 2014 the Government of Myanmar released a draft national land policy and plans for a subsequent Land Law, for public consultation. The importance of this cannot be understated and Global Witness welcomes both the potential for a strong codified framework for land, and the opportunity for public participation.
The launch of the first ever cross-Whitehall strategy for tackling corruption is a major milestone in the UK’s efforts to combat corruption at home and abroad, said a coalition of leading non-governmental organisations today.
Late yesterday evening, the EU agreed to new rules to tackle corporate secrecy, in a move broadly welcomed by Global Witness. EU countries will create national registers of the people who really own and control companies, which will make it much easier for law enforcement to track organised crime and money laundering.
On December 8, Global Witness filed an amicus brief, joined by Free Speech for People, with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, explaining why corporations do not have a constitutional right to conceal whether their products contain minerals that may have benefitted armed groups in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). To learn more, read our blog here.