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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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Italian authorities raid ENI in fresh investigation into billion dollar Nigerian oil scandal

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:33am
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Today it was reported that Italian financial police raided the headquarters of the oil company ENI, Italy’s largest company. The raid is part of a fresh investigation into the Italian oil giant's role in acquiring Nigerian oil block OPL 245, for which subsidiaries of Eni and Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay US$1.1billion in 2011. The money was paid by Eni and Shell to the Nigerian government, which then paid the same amount to Malabu Oil and Gas, a company owned by former oil minister Chief Dan Etete.

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缅甸橡胶业路在何方?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:28am
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误解止于智者:关于冲突矿产条款

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 8:57am
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根据《多德-弗兰克法案》第1502条款(通称“冲突矿产条款”)规定,产品中使用钽、锡、钨、黄金等四种矿产的美国上市企业,应对其矿产采购行为是否无意间资助了刚果(金)或其周边国家的武装团伙作出判断。

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Briefing: Japan’s timber imports fuelling rainforest destruction in Sarawak and violation of indigenous land rights

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 8:04am
3rd July 2014 This brief describes the findings of recent Global Witness research and field work looking into the operations of two major logging companies in Sarawak, Samling Group and Shin Yang Group. A number of recent independent studies have exposed systemic illegal and destructive logging by both companies,6 providing additional evidence of the environmental and legal issues surrounding logging in Sarawak. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

The tropical rainforests of Borneo are internationally recognized for their cultural and ecological significance, but they are under serious threat from unsustainable logging and agriculture. This threat is particularly acute in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, where rampant unsustainable and often illegal logging, increasingly followed by clearance for palm oil and timber plantations, is resulting in one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world.

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全球见证组织告诫:南苏丹必须立即停止签发新石油合约

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:16am
4th June 2014 Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

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计划于本周在亚的斯亚贝巴重开的和平谈判再一次延期。与此同时,全球见证组织(Global Witness)在今天发表的一份简讯中告诫,南苏丹政府必须立刻下令,暂停签发任何新的石油合约。

世界各国领导人正竭尽全力,以试图找到方法以平息南苏丹这个世界上最年轻的国家中所发生的暴力事件。与此同时,全球见证组织也向这些领导人发出呼吁,希望他们能够共同要求南苏丹领导层停止批准任何新的石油交易,暂停正在进行的所有相关磋商。

“过去五个月,南苏丹的普通民众亲眼目睹了自己的国家在战争中四分五裂,”全球见证南苏丹项目官员艾玛·维克斯说道,“如果基尔总统领导下的政府想要确保人民的未来不会也被出卖,就必须发布这份中止令。”

南苏丹是世界上石油依存度最高的国家。2011年该国独立时, 98%的政府收益来自石油销售。政府将这些收入用于发展经济和基础设施。

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全球见证组织告诫,多数企业的首份冲突矿产报告未达标

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:11am
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为防止矿产贸易助长刚果民主共和国[刚果(金)]东部的暴力活动,美国颁布了一项具有里程碑意义的法律。然而,全球见证组织告诫,企业根据该法律提交的首份报告未能达标。

对于那些所用矿产来自刚果(金)及其周边国家的美国上市企业而言,今天是他们向美国证券交易委员会提交冲突矿产报告的首个截止日期。根据《多德-弗兰克法案》第1502款的规定,产品中含有锡、钽、钨、黄金四种矿产的企业应于今日就尽职调查情况作出汇报。《多德-弗兰克法案》第1502款又被人们称为“冲突矿产条款”。其目的是切断刚果(金)丰富的矿产资源财富与暴力武装团体之间的联系,防止其从中渔利。

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Civil society coalition letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Afghanistan's draft mining law

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 11:36am
1st February 2014 A coalition of 29 Afghan and international civil society organisations wrote to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to urge him to use his influence to strengthen the draft mining law then before the lower house of the Afghan parliament - rather than passing the law by decree during the parliamentary recess. The letter asked the President to ensure the law was changed to include: Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  off

A coalition of 29 Afghan and international civil society organisations wrote to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to urge him to use his influence to strengthen the draft mining law then before the lower house of the Afghan parliament - rather than passing the law by decree during the parliamentary recess. The letter asked the President to ensure the law was changed to include:

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Real winners of Myanmar’s oil and gas blocks remain hidden

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:49am
26th June 2014 The majority of companies recently awarded oil and gas blocks in Myanmar have failed to answer questions over who really owns them, said Global Witness as it released its survey of oil and gas company ownership in the country. Include in Homepage Featured Items feed:  Include in Homepage Featured Items feed

 

 First survey of company ownership in Myanmar reveals widespread secrecy in oil and gas sector

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