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


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.


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.

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Reports & Research
July 2017

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

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

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

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
December 2015

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.

Reports & Research
December 2013

An independent investigative report on the impact of investment of Hoang Anh Gia Lai and Vietnam Rubber Group and two International Financiers (IFC and Deutsche Bank) on local livelihoods, land rights and environment in the project areas in Cambodia and Lao. It includes a map showing all known ELCs allocated in Cambodia as of 2013 as well as a map showing all known concessions and land leases across Laos.

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