Global Witness

By IAfrica
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Jul 9th, 2014
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FROM Global Witness, contact: EMMA VICKERS, On the third anniversary of its independence, South Sudan looks like it is sliding into a dangerous cycle of oil-backed debt. The new budget, announced last week, signaled that another 3 billion SSP ($1 billion) would have to be borrowed from oil companies ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Liberia
Sep 7th, 2012
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(AP) — Liberia has a new $672 million austerity budget that cut official travel expenses to channel more funds to infrastructure. The controversial budget also freezes salaries for civil servants. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the budget late Wednesday, after it was passed by the legis...
By IndepthAfrica
In East Africa
Aug 7th, 2012
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press release Global Witness welcomes the announcement of an oil deal reached by Sudan and South Sudan, while stressing the need for the final text to ensure transparent implementation. After more than two years of negotiations, Sudan and South Sudan have agreed on financial terms for the export of S...
By IndepthAfrica
In Libya
Mar 10th, 2012
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The playboy son of Colonel Gaddafi was yesterday ordered to hand over his £10m British mansion to the new Libyan government. Former professional footballer Saadi Gaddafi bought the neo-Georgian, eight bedroom home, complete with indoor swimming pool and private cinema, shortly before the start of the...
By IndepthAfrica
In News
Dec 6th, 2011
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Harare – The first auction of gems from a Zimbabwean diamond field where the military stands accused of carrying out abuses was under way on Tuesday, a month after an international ban on sourcing precious stones from the area was lifted. The diamonds were being offered for sale in Harare by An...
By IndepthAfrica
In News
Dec 6th, 2011
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Campaign group Global Witness has pulled out of the Kimberley Process, a scheme designed to prevent “blood diamonds” from entering the mainstream market, calling the scheme outdated and a failure, almost nine years after its launch. In a damning statement on Monday, Global Witness said th...
By benim
In News
Sep 27th, 2011
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An international watchdog is warning that corruption is already rampant in Liberia’s oil sector — even before any oil has been discovered. Global Witness said Monday government officials and at least one company have paid bribes to get contracts approved. The report also accuses the government ...
By benim
In News
Jun 20th, 2011
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Reporting from Washington and Johannesburg, South— Human rights groups and Western countries fear that a new batch of what they consider to be “blood diamonds” is about to enter international markets, culled from vast deposits in Zimbabwe. At stake is what happens to the Marange deposits ...
By benim
In Crime & Corruption
Mar 10th, 2011
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The London lawyer for a Nigerian state governor has been sentenced to seven years in jail for charges including money laundering, local media reported. Bhadresh Gohil, who has represented Delta State Gov. James Onanefe Ibori, was found guilty in November for his role in a scheme to sell $37 million i...
By benim
In Equatorial Guinea
Mar 1st, 2011
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The son of Equatorial Guinea’s dictator of 30 years commissioned plans to build a super yacht costing $380 million (£236 million), nearly three times what the country spends on health and education each year, a corruption watchdog said on Monday. President Teodoro Obiang took power in a bloody ...