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NATO Urged to Recognise Natural Resource Governance as Crucial to Afghanistan’s Future Stability and Security

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 7:32am
29th August 2014 NATO’s hopes for stability in Afghanistan – and a lasting legacy from its 11 year combat mission there – will be deeply undermined without action to address the growing threat of conflict and corruption from natural resources, a broad coalition of thirty-six Afghan and international civil society organisations has told the organisation as it prepares for its upcoming conference. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

NATO’s hopes for stability in Afghanistan – and a lasting legacy from its 11 year combat mission there – will be deeply undermined without action to address the growing threat of conflict and corruption from natural resources, a broad coalition of thirty-six Afghan and international civil society organisations has told the organisation as it prepares for its upcoming conference.

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New UK anti-corruption rules unveiled for oil and mining companies

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:12am
21st August 2014 Global Witness warmly welcomes regulations published today by the UK Government that will implement the EU Accounting Directive. The Directive requires all 28 EU Member States to introduce legislation that compels oil, gas, mining and logging companies to publish detailed accounts of the billions of pounds-worth of payments they make to governments across the world, such as taxes, royalties and licence fees, for access to natural resources. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

Firms must publish project-level reports for all countries with no exceptions

Global Witness warmly welcomes regulations published today by the UK Government that will implement the EU Accounting Directive. The Directive requires all 28 EU Member States to introduce legislation that compels oil, gas, mining and logging companies to publish detailed accounts of the billions of pounds-worth of payments they make to governments across the world, such as taxes, royalties and licence fees, for access to natural resources. [1]

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Vietnam Rubber Group says its doors are now open to people affected by plantations in Cambodia and Laos

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:05pm
20th August 2014 Vietnam’s state-owned rubber giant, Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), has announced steps to reform how it does business in neighbouring Cambodia and Laos, in response to requests by Global Witness and local groups for the company to respect national laws and citizens’ rights. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

This press release, copies of the Vietnam Rubber Group decision and details on how to use the complaints mechanism are all available in English, Vietnamese, Lao and Khmer at the bottom of the page. 

Vietnam’s state-owned rubber giant, Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), has announced steps to reform how it does business in neighbouring Cambodia and Laos, in response to requests by Global Witness and local groups for the company to respect national laws and citizens’ rights.

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Blood Diamond director Ed Zwick joins our conflict minerals campaign

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 6:52am
20th August 2014 "Europe must do its bit to stop the trade in conflict minerals. We have to let our leaders know we do understand the link between products we buy and the suffering of others." Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

Europe must do its bit to stop the trade in conflict minerals

We have to let our leaders know we do understand the link between products we buy and the suffering of others

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Gaps in new Afghan mining law pose a threat to stability

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:54am
19th August 2014 Afghanistan’s new mining law has serious weaknesses, warns Global Witness, as President Hamid Karzai signed the bill onto the statute books. The gaps in the law increase the risk that the country’s mineral wealth will fuel conflict and corruption instead of development, the campaigning group adds. The law – which sets out how Afghanistan’s US$ 1 trillion of mineral riches are regulated –does not include several basic safeguards against corruption and conflict, posing a threat to Afghanistan’s bid for stability and development. A series of major copper and gold contracts which have been held up pending the passage of the law are now likely to be finalised – but will be subject to significantly weaker transparency and oversight. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

Afghanistan’s new mining law has serious weaknesses, warns Global Witness, as President Hamid Karzai signed the bill onto the statute books. The gaps in the law increase the risk that the country’s mineral wealth will fuel conflict and corruption instead of development, the campaigning group adds.

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BP and partners’ US$350 million payments in corruption-prone Angola show need for U.S. transparency rule

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 12:01pm
5th August 2014 As Heads of African governments gather in Washington D.C. for the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit tomorrow, there is a crucial issue that must get attention: where does the money from natural resource deals go – including US$350 million being paid by U.S.-listed companies for a mysterious research center in Angola? Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

As African leaders meet Barack Obama, campaigners ask where has the money gone? 

As Heads of African governments gather in Washington D.C. for the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit tomorrow, there is a crucial issue that must get attention: where does the money from natural resource deals go – including US$350 million being paid by U.S.-listed companies for a mysterious research center in Angola?

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Open Letter to President Obama from African Civil Society

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:20am
1st August 2014 African civil society leaders of the Publish What You Pay coalition send an open letter to Obama on the eve of the US - Africa Leaders’ Summit, calling on the US president to Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

African civil society leaders of the Publish What You Pay coalition send an open letter to Obama on the eve of the U.S. - Africa Leaders’ Summit, calling on the U.S. to end secret payments.

Messi’s alleged tax evasion scheme relied on hiding the owners of UK and other companies

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 12:48pm
1st August 2014 According to a Spanish prosecutor’s document, Lionel Messi’s alleged multi-million euro tax evasion scheme relied upon hiding the names of the real owners of companies registered in the UK, Switzerland, Uruguay and Belize. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

According to a Spanish prosecutor’s document, Lionel Messi’s alleged multi-million euro tax evasion scheme (1)relied upon hiding the names of the real owners of companies registered in the UK, Switzerland, Uruguay and Belize.

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Latest killing in Cambodia highlights tensions and violence over land

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 8:05am
30th July 2014 The killing on 27th July 2014 of a teenage farmer by a soldier from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is the latest tragedy emerging out of Cambodia’s land grabbing crisis. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

The killing on 27th July 2014 of a teenage farmer by a soldier from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is the latest tragedy emerging out of Cambodia’s land grabbing crisis.

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Latest killing in Cambodia highlights tensions and violence over land

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:42am
30th July 2014 The killing on 27th July 2014 of a teenage farmer by a soldier from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is the latest tragedy emerging out of Cambodia’s land grabbing crisis. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

The killing on 27th July 2014 of a teenage farmer by a soldier from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is the latest tragedy emerging out of Cambodia’s land grabbing crisis.

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Arrest of PWYP Activist Ali Idrissa in Niger on day of President Hollande's visit

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:18am
18th July 2014 Publish What You Pay condemns the arrest of Ali Idrissa, ROTAB and PWYP Niger coordinator, taken from his home by Nigerien police at 04:00 am this morning. The arrest followed yesterday's press conference where Mr. Idrissa discussed AREVA’s recent deal with Niger and the visit of the French President François Hollande to West Africa. Mr. Idrissa had called on AREVA to respect Niger’s laws and denounced aspects of the France - Niger relationship as neo-colonial. Mr. Idrissa had been briefly arrested yesterday, immediately after the conference, but released the same day. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed Source: Publish What You Pay
Date: 18 Jul 2014

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Response from South Sudan's Ministry of Petroleum and Mining to Global Witness' call for a moratorium on new contracts

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:07pm
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In June 2014, Global Witness' published a briefing paper calling on the government of South Sudan to issue a moratorium on all new contracts, and to call a halt to all contract negotiations until peace and the rule of law are restored. 

On July 8 2014, we recieved a response to our call from Honourable Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau, Minister of Petroleum and Mining. The full response can be read here.

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Global Witness recommendations for the Post-2015 UN Development Goals

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:10pm
11th July 2014 With the final meeting of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals taking place next week, Global Witness is pushing for clear goals and targets on land rights, forest management, and anti-corruption to be shortlisted. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

With the final meeting of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals taking place next week, Global Witness is pushing for clear goals and targets on land rights, forest management, and anti-corruption to be shortlisted.

Click here to read our joint statement with the International Land Coalition, Oxfam and others highlighting the importance of clear indicators for secure and equitable rights to land and natural resources.

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