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Record number of land and environmental defenders killed globally in 2020

In South Africa, environmental activist Fikile Ntshangase and police detective Leroy Bruwer were killed The post Record number of land and environmental defenders killed globally in 2020 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Climate, Mining, South Africa, Biodiversity, Killings, Columbia, Global Witness, Agribusiness, Assassinations, Murders, Logging, Top Six, KwaZulu-Natal, Environmental Defenders, Subs-only


227 environmental activists were murdered last year, a new report found. That's more than 4 people per week.

Fikile Ntshangase was involved in legal action against a mining company when she was killed. Rob Symons/All Rise A record 227 environmental activists were murdered in 2020, a Global Witness report found. But that number is likely an undercount, and the group said the toll may rise in coming years. Many killings are linked to logging, mining, and agriculture, with Indigenous people heavily targeted. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fikile Ntshangase was the nearby coal mine&...
Tags: Murder, Science, News, Climate Change, Mexico, Trends, Colombia, South Africa, Philippines, United Nations, Heineken, Global Witness, Bill Mckibben, Adams, McKibben, Tecate Mexico


Facebook's job advert targeting algorithm appears to discriminate on gender and age, a nonprofit campaign group has said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Global Witness said it investigated Facebook's job ad targeting system for potential bias. The nonprofit campaign group said the system "appears to operate in a discriminatory manner." Facebook said it was "reviewing the findings" of the investigation. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook's job advert targeting system appears to discriminate based on gender and age, a non-profit campaign group has said.Global...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Jobs, News, Sexism, Advertising, US, Trends, Canada, Hud, Ads, Discrimination, Global Witness, Ehrc


Facebook accused of allowing sexist job advertising

An investigation by Global Witness suggests its algorithm is biased in choosing who sees which ads.
Tags: Facebook, UK, News, Global Witness


Myanmar: Facebook promotes content urging violence against coup protesters – study

Posts ranging from wanted posters to death threats remain online for months, breaching platform’s own standardsFacebook is promoting content that incites violence against Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters and amplifies junta misinformation, despite promising to clamp down on the misuse of its platform, according to a study.An investigation by the rights group Global Witness found that Facebook’s recommendation algorithm continues to invite users to view content that breaches its own policies. After...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, South and Central Asia, Myanmar, Global Witness, Myanmar coup


Rights Group: Facebook Amplified Myanmar Military Propaganda

Facebook’s recommendation algorithm amplifies military propaganda and other material that breaches the company’s own policies in Myanmar following the country’s military coup in February, a new report by the rights group Global Witness has found.
Tags: Facebook, Myanmar, Global Witness, Rights Group, Facebook Amplified Myanmar Military Propaganda


The living nightmare of environmental activists who protest mine expansion

Last week Fikile Ntshangase was gunned down as activists fight mining company Tendele’s expansions. Community members tell the M&G about the ‘kill lists’ and the dread they live with every day The post The living nightmare of environmental activists who protest mine expansion appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Murder, Environment, Mining, Violence, National, Bribery, Activists, Human Rights Watch, Global Witness, Kwazulu Natal, Constitutional Court, Gwede Mantashe, Zulu King, Relocation, Hit List, Amadiba Crisis Committee


Exxon's role in Guyana deepens as the government approves a massive $9 billion oil-drilling project

Ships carrying supplies for an offshore oil platform in Guyana operated by Exxon Luc Cohen/Reuters The small South American country of Guyana is home to immense offshore oil reserves that Exxon is planning to extract. The company already has two drilling projects, and on Wednesday the government approved a third, further cementing the oil giant's role in the country's economic future.  Do you have information on Exxon in Guyana? Reach out to this reporter at [email protected] or o...
Tags: Energy, News, Finance, China, Oil, Trends, ExxonMobil, West, Oil Price, Guyana, Exxon, Global Witness, CNOOC, Hess Corp, Benji Jones, Stabroek


Record 212 land and environment activists killed last year

Global Witness campaigners warn of risk of further killings during Covid-19 lockdownsA record number of people were killed last year for defending their land and environment, according to research that highlights the routine murder of activists who oppose extractive industries driving the climate crisis and the destruction of nature.More than four defenders were killed every week in 2019, according to an annual death toll compiled by the independent watchdog Global Witness, amid growing evidence...
Tags: Europe, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, Colombia, Mining, Asia Pacific, Philippines, Conservation, Farming, Deforestation, Brazil, Romania, Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples


‘I Thought I Would Die’: Inside Myanmar’s Risky Pursuit of Jade

A survivor was swept away by a wave of mud and water after the wall of a mine collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 200 people.
Tags: News, Myanmar, Rain, Global Witness, Kachin Independence Army, Mines and Mining, Deaths (Fatalities, Accidents and Safety, Landslides and Mudslides, Kachin State (Myanmar, Hpakant (Myanmar


Landslide at Myanmar jade mine kills at least 123 people

By ZAW MOE HTET and PYAE SONE WIN HPAKANT, Myanmar — At least 123 people were killed Thursday in a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, the worst in a series of deadly accidents at such sites in recent years. A statement from the Ministry of Information said 123 bodies had been recovered from the site of the landslide in Hpakant, while the Myanmar Fire Service Department, which coordinates rescues and other emergency services, put the total at 126. “The jade miners were smothered by a w...
Tags: Business, London, News, Uncategorized, Sport, World news, Soccer, Myanmar, Global Witness, Yangon, Ministry of Information, Mike Davis, Hpakant, Kachin, Khin Maung Myint, ZAW MOE HTET


Hardwood logging on Manus Island has not delivered promised local benefits, report finds

Global Witness says the Malaysian company Maxland has failed to plant millions of rubber treesA Malaysian company that won a permit to clear tropical rainforest on Manus Island has been accused of failing to deliver on its promises to the local community, while reaping millions of dollars in profits from the logging of valuable hardwood timber.According to licensing documents, the company, Maxland Ltd, secured a permit to clear land in the south of Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island in order to pla...
Tags: Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Trees and forests, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Global Witness, Pacific Islands, Logging and land-clearing, Maxland, Maxland Ltd


EU states fail 'dragging their feet' over financial transparency, report finds

Global Witness says only six states including UK meet EU demands on beneficial ownership to fight money-laundering and tax avoidanceMost EU member states have failed to meet a legal deadline to introduce public registers of the real owners of companies, a transparency measure seen as key to fighting money laundering, according to a review by anti-corruption campaigners.In May 2018, the European Union passed a directive obliging member states to publish the beneficial owners of firms registered i...
Tags: Europe, Business, Transparency, UK, Eu, European Union, World news, Global development, Tax Avoidance, Corporate Governance, Panama, Global Witness, Tax Havens, Panama Papers


EU states 'dragging their feet' over financial transparency, report finds

Global Witness says only six states including UK meet EU demands on beneficial ownership to fight money-laundering and tax avoidanceMost EU member states have failed to meet a legal deadline to introduce public registers of the real owners of companies, a transparency measure seen as key to fighting money laundering, according to a review by anti-corruption campaigners.In May 2018, the European Union passed a directive obliging member states to publish the beneficial owners of firms registered i...
Tags: Europe, Business, Transparency, UK, Eu, European Union, World news, Global development, Tax Avoidance, Corporate Governance, Panama, Global Witness, Tax Havens, Panama Papers


UK taxpayers funding African fossil fuel projects worth $750m

Watchdog reveals huge sum ploughed into ‘world’s dirtiest fossil fuels’ despite climate vowUK taxpayer funds totalling $750m (£577m) have been invested in new fossil fuel projects in developing African countries despite the government’s public commitment to tackling the climate crisis, according to an international watchdog.Global Witness found that a London-based investment group raised $1bn from the UK government over 16 years and spent three-quarters of this supporting oil and gas projects in...
Tags: UK, London, Africa, Global Witness


Exxon Deal Denies Guyana $55 Billion, Global Witness Says

(Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp.’s oil-production contract with Guyana is so heavily weighted in the supermajor’s favor that it will deprive the tiny South American country of some $55 billion over the life of the agreement, according to human-rights group Global Witness.Guyana had a strong bargaining position when the contract came up for renegotiation in 2016 because Exxon had just made a giant offshore oil discovery, but “inexperienced” bureaucrats failed to press for substantially better fis...
Tags: News, Berlin, Bloomberg, Venezuela, Houston, Guyana, Exxon, Global Witness, Irving Texas, Trotman, Darren Woods, Clyde Co, Raphael Trotman, Simon Casey, Kevin Crowley, Exxon Deal Denies Guyana


Mexican Activist Who Devoted His Life to Protecting Monarch Butterflies Found Dead Near Forest Preserve

(OCAMPO, Mexico) — Relatives of an anti-logging activist who was found dead don’t know whether he was slain or died accidentally, but they said Thursday that they are sure of one thing: Something bad is happening to human rights and environmental activists in Mexico, and people are afraid. The body of Homero Gómez González was discovered Wednesday in a holding pond near the mountain forest reserve that he long protected, where monarch butterflies spend the winter. Authorities in Michoacan s...
Tags: London, News, Mexico, Uncategorized, Canada, United States, Amnesty International, Taylor, Global Witness, University of Kansas, MichoacAn, Manuel, Ocampo, Amado, Overnight, Onetime


Purchase of Condo in Trump Building Linked to Republic of Congo, Report Shows

A company owned by the daughter of the Republic of Congo’s president paid $7 million for an apartment in a Trump building overlooking Central Park, a nonprofit group found.
Tags: News, Denis, Global Witness, Central Park, Trump, Republic of Congo, Trump Organization, Donald J, Corruption (Institutional, Sassou-Nguesso, Trump Building Linked to Republic of Congo


$7 Million Trump Building Condo Tied to Scandal-Scarred Foreign Leader

A company owned by the daughter of the Republic of Congo’s president paid $7 million for an apartment in a Trump building overlooking Central Park, a nonprofit group found.
Tags: News, Denis, Global Witness, Central Park, Trump, Republic of Congo, Trump Organization, Donald J, Corruption (Institutional, Sassou-Nguesso


More than £100bn of UK property is secretly owned

Analysis by Global Witness shows 87,000 properties – 40% of them in London – are anonymously owned by firms registered in tax havensMore than £100bn of property in England and Wales is secretly owned, new analysis suggests. More than 87,000 properties are owned by anonymous companies registered in tax havens, research by the transparency group Global Witness reveals.The analysis reveals that 40% of the properties are in London. Cadogan Square in Knightsbridge, where the average property costs £3...
Tags: UK, England, London, Wales, UK News, Housing Market, Organised Crime, Global Witness, Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace Road, London Cadogan Square


Kleptocracy in America: Russian-style corruption, driven by global oligarchs, enabled by US elites

As Naomi Klein documents in her classic and seminal book The Shock Doctrine, disasters and upheavals are the bread-and-butter of global looters, who use the collapse of civil society or the default of debtor states to nationalize state assets at pennies on the dollar, then milk them into further crises, which create more chances for looting -- but the collapse of the USSR was different, because the spies and strongmen who rode out that collapse ensured that public assets were only given to dome...
Tags: Post, Usa, UK, News, Putin, Obama, Washington, White House, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Atlantic, Ussr, Franklin Foer, Delaware


‘This Is Our Land’

Mineral riches should make Congo prosperous. Instead, they fuel corruption, which has kept the people poor and compromised elections.
Tags: Elections, News, Congo, Global Witness, Martin, FELIX, Joseph, Kabila, Tshisekedi, Kolwezi, Carter Center, Bribery and Kickbacks, Politics And Government, Mines and Mining, Corruption (Institutional, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa


Oil trading firms linked to Brazil's Car Wash corruption scandal

Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura feature in report by campaign group Global WitnessThree global oil trading companies with strong ties to the UK face being dragged into Brazil’s “Car Wash” investigation, after a report raised questions about their connections to businessmen named in the vast corruption scandal.Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura, which boast combined annual revenues of more than half a trillion dollars, feature in a report by the campaign group Global Witness that uncovers links to men a...
Tags: UK, Brazil, Global Witness, Trafigura, Vitol Glencore


Oil trading firms with ties to UK named in Brazil's Car Wash corruption scandal

Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura feature in report by campaign group Global WitnessThree global oil trading companies with strong ties to the UK face being dragged into Brazil’s “Car Wash” investigation, after a report raised questions about their connections to businessmen named in the vast corruption scandal.Vitol, Glencore and Trafigura, which boast combined annual revenues of more than half a trillion dollars, feature in a report by the campaign group Global Witness that uncovers links to men a...
Tags: UK, Brazil, Global Witness, Trafigura, Vitol Glencore


Super-rich passport schemes open door to criminals, activists say

Call for Europe’s ‘golden visa’ schemes to have higher standards of due diligenceEuropean governments have been accused of opening the door to criminals through lax sales of passports and visas to the super-rich.The European Union had gained nearly 100,000 new residents and 6,000 new citizens in the last decade through poorly managed residency and passport sale schemes that were “shrouded in secrecy”, a report by Transparency International and Global Witness says. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, European Union, UK News, World news, Migration, Global Witness, Transparency International


The Amazon on the Brink

Once a leader in protecting the region’s vast forests, Brazil is now moving in the opposite direction.
Tags: Amazon, News, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Brazil, South America, Carbon Dioxide, Global Witness, Trump, Rousseff, Da Silva, Dilma, Agriculture and Farming, Donald J, Land Use Policies, Luiz Inacio Lula


Watchdog urges China to clamp down on imports of illegal timber

Beijing must better scrutinise imports of illegally logged timber from countries such as Papua New Guinea where deforestation is devastating ecosystems and livelihoods, Global Witness said Monday. "China is the world's largest consumer and manufacturer of wood and wood products.
Tags: Science, China, Beijing, Papua New Guinea, Global Witness


Bulk of timber exports from Papua New Guinea won’t pass legal test

Millions of tonnes sent to China, and from there to other countries as finished wood products, should be considered ‘high risk’Millions of tonnes of illegally logged timber, felled from forests across Papua New Guinea, are being exported to China and from there to the world as finished wood products, a new report from Global Witness has revealed.Global Witness’s investigation has found that the majority of logging operations in PNG are underpinned by government-issued permits, which are often il...
Tags: China, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Trees and forests, Papua New Guinea, Global Witness, Logging and land-clearing


Risking their lives to defend their land

A report from the Global Witness group finds 2017 was deadliest year for environmental activists and nearly 60% of these killings were in Latin America. Colombia's Ramón Bedoya, 18, is carrying on the fight of his father after he was killed in December.
Tags: Cnn, Global Witness, Latin America Colombia, Ramón Bedoya


Liberia:Weah Vows Action On ExxonMobil Oil Block Purchase

[New Dawn] President George Manneh Weah has told a gathering of government officials and partners in the port city of Buchanan that his administration is ready to act on the Global Witness report, which alleges corruption into the purchase of the Oil Block 13 by Exxon Mobil.
Tags: News, Liberia, Global Witness, Buchanan, New Dawn, George Manneh Weah, Weah, ExxonMobil Oil Block Purchase