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Azerbaijan must reverse civil society crackdowns to remain within landmark transparency scheme

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:33am
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The international board meeting of the Extractives Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) confirmed today that Azerbaijan was in breach of its requirements, by preventing civil society stakeholders from meeting, organising, accessing funds and speaking freely.  

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Global Witness welcomes appointment of anti-corruption champion Matthew Hancock

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:24pm
13th October 2014 Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

Global Witness welcomes the appointment of Matthew Hancock MP as the government’s new Anti-corruption Champion.

“It’s great news that the UK’s fight against global corruption has its own champion - it’s badly needed. Matthew Hancock’s to-do list is going to be a long one,” said Global Witness Executive Director Gavin Hayman.

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The Shell Starts to Crack: Real Owners of Myanmar's Oil and Gas Blocks Come Forward

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:33am
9th October 2014 Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

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Myanmar takes global lead on company ownership transparency

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:02am
9th October 2014 25 oil and gas companies in Myanmar have set a global precedent by publishing who their real owners are, said Global Witness in a new report published today. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

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Eyes on the Bad Guys: The Global Witness Challenge Fund Campaign

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 5:04am
9th October 2014 The Global Witness Challenge Fund campaign: For every £20 you give to Global Witness, the Open Society Foundations will add another £10. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

The Open Society Foundations (OSF) has shown its confidence in Global Witness and wants to help build a campaigning organisation that is deep-rooted, long-lasting and even more effective, with a strong infrastructure at its core. They have pledged a grant of £4.5 million to help Global Witness develop and strengthen over the next decade, but only if we match it by raising twice that amount. This is our challenge.

Former President of Nigeria and Member of the Africa Progress Panel supports Global Witness’ conflict minerals campaign

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:21am
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"Africa's minerals, precious stones and other commodities should have brought better lives for African people. But for decades these trades have funded and fuelled some of the continent's most brutal wars. More transparent trading is critical. This EU proposal is a landmark opportunity to break the link between minerals, modern consumer appliances, and violence. Companies must be required to have clear processes to ensure their mineral purchases support peace, justice, and growth," said Olusegun Obasanjo. 

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Report reveals threat to U.S. interests from anonymous shell company owners

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:43pm
25th September 2014 Owners of anonymous companies registered in U.S. states are ripping off innocent people and businesses across America, says this new report. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

The Great Rip Off” shows range of crimes hidden by companies set up in U.S.

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European companies able to reap rewards from deadly conflict mineral trade

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:10am
24th September 2014 The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Parliament. A new analysis by Global Witness shows that companies are bringing billions of euros worth of minerals into Europe without having to disclose if their purchases finance armed groups or human rights violations in countries ravaged by conflict. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

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The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new legislation will be discussed in Parliament.

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US$150 million partnership between Norway and Liberia to stop logging could signal a bold new direction for Liberia’s forest economy

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:04am
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In a US$150 million deal announced at today’s UN Climate Summit in New York, the Government of Norway is partnering with the Government of Liberia to halt the destruction of Liberia’s rainforest. [1] The deal foresees an end to new logging contracts, more scope for forest-dependent communities to manage their forests, and increase protected forest areas.

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“迷雾中的钻探者”- 秘密支付及暴力氛围助英国公司打开非洲国家公园探油大门

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:05pm
4th September 2014 Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

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英国石油公司索科国际(Soco International,以下简称“索科”)及其承包商涉及非法交易行为,在其寻求进入非洲最古老的国家公园进行石油勘探过程中,疑似买通了武装叛军,并从刚果东部地区由政府安全部队助长的恐惧与暴力中获益。

全球见证今天发布报告,将英国200强上市企业索科公司令人震惊的行为公之于众。我们的发现基于英国电影制作人在刚果(金)收集的秘密音像资料,这些资料是一项调查中的一部分,我们对这些资料进行了审视。

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$190m frozen in UK and Switzerland in OPL 245 bribery case as ENI CEO is named as suspect

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:12am
11th September 2014 Global Witness, Re: Common and Dotun Oloko welcome the freezing of funds as part of the continuing investigation into the deal for the OPL 245 oil block in Nigeria. Italian authorities are investigating the acquisition of the Nigerian oil block OPL 245 for which subsidiaries of Eni and Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay US$1.1billion in 2011. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

 

 

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“Ebola is winning.” Liberia appeals for urgent help battling the disease that has West Africa under siege

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 8:02am
10th September 2014 Liberian campaigners say the international response to the Ebola outbreak has been desperately slow, and today launched an appeal for massively ramped-up, on-the-ground help to tackle the disease that is sweeping their nation with unprecedented speed. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

“Ebola is winning.” Liberia appeals for urgent help battling the disease that has West Africa under siege

Information about how to help is included at the bottom of this page.

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Complaint launched after land grabbing Vietnam Rubber Group certified ‘OK’

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:02am
10th September 2014 Investigations group Global Witness has lodged a formal complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), following the recertification of the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which has been accused of driving a wave of land and forest grabs in Cambodia and Laos. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

Investigations group Global Witness has lodged a formal complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), following the recertification of the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which has been accused of driving a wave of land and forest grabs in Cambodia and Laos.

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Blog: Oil-lobby antics cast more doubt on Soco’s promise to protect African park

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 6:47pm
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When an oil company promises to suspend hugely controversial work in Africa’s oldest national park it should be cause for celebration. But the commitment by British oil company Soco to withdraw from Virunga National Park—a Congolese World Heritage Site that is home to rare mountain gorillas—was rife with ambiguity.

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‘Drillers in the mist’: How secret payments and a climate of violence helped UK firm open African national park to oil

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:21pm
4th September 2014 British oil company Soco Internationaland its contractors havemade illicit payments, appear to have paid off armed rebels and benefited from fear and violence fostered by government security forces in eastern Congo, as they sought access to Africa’s oldest national park for oil exploration. The shocking behaviour of one of the UK’s 200 largest public companies is laid bare in a new report released today by Global Witness. Our findingsare based on undercover recordings gatheredin the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of an investigation by UK film-makers, which have been reviewed by Global Witness. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

British oil company Soco International and its contractors have made illicit payments, appear to have paid off armed rebels and benefited from fear and violence fostered by government security forces in eastern Congo, as they sought access to Africa’s oldest national park for oil exploration.

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Report: Drillers in the Mist

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:08pm
4th September 2014 This investigation reveals the illicit payments, violence and intimidation linked to a London-listed company’s bid to find oil in Africa’s oldest national park. In the east of the vast Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa lies Virunga National Park, home to a quarter of the remaining mountain gorillas made famous by the 1988 film Gorillas in the Mist. Since 2010, British oil company Soco International has also been roaming the park, looking for oil. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

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This investigation reveals the illicit payments, violence and intimidation linked to a London-listed company’s bid to find oil in Africa’s oldest national park.

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Papua New Guinea must not renew license to deforest due to legal irregularities, social and environmental harm

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 5:53am
3rd September 2014 Global Witness is urging Papua New Guinea to block a bid by one of Malaysia’s biggest logging companies, Rimbunan Hijau, to renew a license that permits it to flatten over 40,000 hectares of tropical rainforest in order to grow oil palm. This is due to serious concerns relating to legal irregularities, social and environmental harm. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

Global Witness is urging Papua New Guinea to block a bid by one of Malaysia’s biggest logging companies, Rimbunan Hijau, to renew a license that permits it to flatten over 40,000 hectares of tropical rainforest in order to grow oil palm. This is due to serious concerns relating to:

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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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