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Rubber is the European import that poses biggest threat to West and Central Africa’s tropical forests

Brussels, June 16, 2022 – A first-of-its-kind investigation reveals that industrial rubber plantations in West and Central Africa have been linked to an area of tropical deforestation 16 times the size of Brussels since 2000, establishing it as the leading European driver of deforestation in the region – despite being left out of proposed rules to tackle […]

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Flooding the zone: Hundreds of fossil fuel lobbyists granted access to COP26

Today Global Witness, together with Corporate Accountability, Corporate Europe Observatory and Glasgow Calls Out Polluters published an analysis of the UN’s provisional list of attendees at the crucial COP26 climate talks. Taking a data-led approach, we were able to sift through the whole 1,600-page document listing everyone admitted to the talks, using a mixture of automation and manual analysis to spot delegates who […]

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US real estate key vehicle for money laundering, and as the ‘FinCEN files’ reveal, anonymous companies are at the heart of it

Washington, D.C. September 24, 2020 – While the need for affordable housing is at an all-time high amid the pandemic and its economic fallout, the real estate sector is a key vehicle for criminals looking to stash cash, launder money, and buy up homes in a tight market, shows new Global Witness briefing, On The House. […]

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Global Witness today revealed the highest number of land and environmental defenders murdered in one year

July 29, 2020 – Global Witness today revealed the highest number of land and environmental defenders murdered on record in a single year, with 212 people killed in 2019 for peacefully defending their homes and standing up to the destruction of nature. The NGO’s annual report also shed a light on the urgent role land and environmental […]

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Financiers and masterminds of al-Assad regime stashing millions of dollars in Moscow property

Nov. 11, 2019 – New Global Witness investigation shows close relatives and accomplices of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad are funnelling money out of Syria into Russia, and possibly beyond. Several members of the Makhlouf family, once considered to be Syria’s richest family and second only to the al-Assads in power and influence, have purchased at […]

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Analysis: The US is set to drown the world in oil

August 20, 2019 – The sheer scale of this new production dwarfs that of every other country in the world and would spell disaster for the world’s ambitions to curb climate change – the effects of which we’re already witnessing through massive heat waves, flooding, and extreme weather. Earlier this year, we crunched the numbers […]

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Trump Organization profited from tainted money used to buy an apartment at Trump’s flagship hotel in NYC

WASHINGTON, DC, April 10, 2019 – Claudia Sassou-Nguesso, the daughter of Republic of Congo’s President, paid for a luxury apartment at the Trump International Hotel & Tower (Trump International) in New York City with funds that appear to have been stolen from the Congolese treasury, Global Witness reveals today in a new investigation. Her front […]

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Paradise Lost: New Report Reveals China’s Destructive, Illegal Logging of Solomon Islands’ Rainforest

Oct. 18,  2018 – New evidence released today by anti-corruption NGO Global Witness shows that hugely unsustainable rates of logging and the high risk of illegal practices on the once pristine paradise of the Solomon Islands are putting China’s reputation as a global trading partner at risk. Using satellite imagery and drone photography, the Paradise […]

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Ben Leathers: US Congress calls for action on Honduras in response to murders of land and environmental activists

April 10, 2017 – In two strongly worded letters to the new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, almost 80 United States legislators expressed their grave concern at the risks facing activists who defend their land and the environment in Honduras. A recent Global Witness report exposed how more than 120 land rights defenders have been […]