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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
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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

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Report: Drillers in the mist (PDF)

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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

Click here to read the associated press release.

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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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:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

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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