Non-profit organization

Location

Lloyds Chambers 1 Portsoken Street London, E1 8BT
United Kingdom
GB

Global Witness exposes the hidden links between demand for natural resources, corruption, armed conflict and environmental destruction

Mission

Many of the world’s worst environmental and human rights abuses are driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption in the global political and economic system.  Global Witness is campaigning to end this. We carry out hard-hitting investigations, expose these abuses, and campaign for change.  We are independent, not-for-profit, and work with partners around the world in our fight for justice.

Vision

We want a better world -- where corruption is challenged and accountability prevails, all can thrive within the planet’s boundaries, and governments act in the public interest.

For two decades we’ve been campaigning for full transparency in the mining, logging, oil and gas sectors, so that citizens who own those resources can benefit fairly from them, now and in future.

We believe that the only way to protect peoples’ rights to land, livelihoods and a fair share of their national wealth is to demand total transparency in the resources sector, sustainable and equitable resources management, and stopping the international financial system from propping up resource-related corruption.

Global Witness Resources

Displaying 1 - 10 of 18
Reports & Research
July 2018
Global

El mundo es más peligroso que nunca para las personas defensoras de la tierra y del medio ambiente, y la agroindustria es el sector más vinculado a los asesinatos.

Nunca ha sido un momento más letal para defender la comunidad, el modo de vida o el medio ambiente.

Reports & Research
July 2018
Global

This report, and our campaign, is dedicated to all those individuals, communities and organisations that are bravely taking a stand to defend human rights, their land, and our environment.

207 of them were murdered last year for doing just that. On these pages we remember their names, and celebrate their activism.

And we reiterate our resolve to stand alongside those who continue the struggle for a better world and shine a light on these issues which are too often hidden from sight.

You are not alone. Justice will be done.

Reports & Research
July 2017
Africa

Covers global panorama, where the situation has worsened, the context for killings, moving forward. At least 200 land and environmental defenders were killed in 2016, the highest on record, spread across 24 countries. Cites their names. With many killings unreported, and even less investigated, likely that the true number is actually far higher. This tide of violence driven by an intensifying fight for land and natural resources, as mining, logging, hydro-electric and agricultural companies trample on people and the environment in their pursuit of profit.

Defenders of the Earth cover image
Reports & Research
July 2017
Global

2016 saw a record 200 killings of people defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries.

It has never been deadlier to take a stand against companies that steal land and destroy the environment. Our new report Defenders of the Earth found that nearly four people were murdered every week in 2016 protecting their land and the natural world from industries like mining, logging and agribusiness.

Reports & Research
November 2016
Africa

Section I provides an overview of large-scale land deals. It assesses the trend at a global level and examines structural obstacles faced by efforts to regulate such deals. Section II focuses on corruption as a major obstacle to improving the protection of local communities and indigenous peoples whose livelihood, identities, and traditional ways of life depend on the use of local lands and natural resources. This phenomenon is largely understudied because corruption, by its very nature, is hidden and therefore poorly documented.

Reports & Research
November 2016
Global

A surge in land grabbing over the past decade has seen millions of people displaced from their homes and farmland, often violently, and pushed deeper into poverty. As demand for food, fuel and commodities increases pressure on land, companies are all too often striking deals with corrupt state officials without the consent of the people who live on it. Until now, there has been little analysis of the role that corruption plays in the transfer of land and natural resources from local communities to political and business elites.  

Reports & Research
June 2016
Global

2015 was the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders – people struggling to protect their land, forests and rivers

More than three people were killed a week in 2015 defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries. For our new report On Dangerous Ground we documented 185 killings across 16 countries – by far the highest annual death toll on record and more than double the number of journalists killed in the same period.

Reports & Research
June 2016
Global

El año 2015 fue el peor de la historia en lo que respecta al asesinato de defensores de la tierra y el medio ambiente, personas que luchaban por proteger su tierra, sus bosques y sus ríos mediante acciones
pacíficas, a pesar de las crecientes adversidades.

Reports & Research
May 2016
Myanmar

A decision by Myanmar’s new government to ramp up efforts to tackle land grabbing is a positive step, but must address the role of the military in perpetuating the country’s land crisis, which is at the heart of one of the longest ongoing civil wars in modern history...

Reports & Research
December 2015
Honduras

En 2015 más de tres personas a la semana murieron asesinadas por defender su tierra, sus bosques y sus ríos frente a industrias destructivas. En el informe En terreno peligroso, se documentan 185 muertes que se sabe que acaecieron el año pasado por todo el mundo, una cifra que supone, con mucho, la cifra anual de víctimas mortales más alta jamás registrada, y que representa más del doble del número de periodistas asesinados el año pasado.

Share this page