Azerbaijan was sanctioned yesterday by the International board of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative meeting in Brazzaville, Congo, for crackdowns on civil society.
Having been the first state to join the 48 country transparency initiative, Azerbaijan has now been demoted back to candidate status and is no longer deemed compliant with its standards.
Joint Civil Society Public Statement
Today the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) wasted a ground-breaking opportunity to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals. The Committee voted in favour of a weak and ineffective law that, if passed, would undermine global attempts to clean up the trade. It would require only a tiny number of companies importing four key minerals into Europe to source them responsibly and transparently.
A public debate over the economic, environmental and social benefits of oil extraction in the UK is needed long before the value of potential new discoveries can be judged, warned Global Witness as UK Oil and Gas Investments (UKOG) announced a “world class potential” find near Gatwick Airport.
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Former Kyrgyz president’s son lives in £3.5m Surrey mansion despite convictions for attempted murder of UK citizen and grand corruption at home
The son of former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev lives in a £3.5 million mansion in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead in Surrey, despite being convicted in his homeland of the attempted murder of a UK citizen and corruption, a new briefing from Global Witness reveals today. The anonymous company that is being used to hide the ownership of the Surrey mansion can be linked to the alleged money-laundering scheme used to get the funds out of Kyrgyzstan.
Anti-corruption campaigners urge the UK Government to divorce itself from industry guidelines that would create transparency black-holes
Une entreprise accusée d’avoir financé la guerre en Centrafrique invitée à une conférence de l'UE sur l’exploitation forestière
Appel urgent pour mettre fin à l'impunité de l'industrie forestière en République centrafricaine et pour adopter un cadre d'action européen sur le bois de conflit
BRUXELLES (17 Mars 2015) - Une entreprise ayant financé des groupes armés en République centrafricaine (RCA) a été invitée par la Commission européenne à participer à une réunion sur l'exploitation illégale des forêts et le commerce du bois illégal, révèle aujourd’hui Global Witness.
Call for urgent action to end impunity of logging industry in Central African Republic and adopt an EU framework of action on conflict timber
BRUSSELS (17 March 2015) - A company involved in financing armed groups in Central African Republic has been invited by the European Commission to its annual stocktaking of efforts to end illegal logging and related trade, Global Witness reveals today.
In December 2013 Global Witness published Azerbaijan Anonymous in which we called for the release of information concerning who the real owners are of companies involved in the extraction and trading of oil that belongs to the Azerbaijani people, and how these companies got access to these deals.
Recent oil deal represents risk for country struggling to recover from the Ebola crisis and restore order in its oil sector
A leader of a cross-party anti-corruption group of British MPs yesterday called for UK and US authorities to investigate claims that Soco International, a London-listed oil company, may have breached anti-corruption legislation in the course of its work in Africa’s oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.