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November 2010

Conflict diamond scheme must resolve Zimbabwe impasse
The Kimberley Process (KP) rough diamond certification scheme must reach a credible agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe regarding the export of stones from the controversial Marange region, the KP Civil Society Coalition said today.

October 2010

Court decision on Congo sanctions Judicial Review ‘regrettable’
It is regrettable that the High Court has denied permission for a Judicial Review of the UK government's decision not to list British companies trading in Congolese ‘conflict minerals' for targeted UN sanctions.

Luxury consumer market fuelling illegal destruction of Madagascar’s forests, says new report
Consumer demand for expensive rosewood furniture and musical instruments in China and elsewhere is the primary driver of an ecologically devastating trade in illegal timber, according to a report published today by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Global Witness. The report, launched at the 10th Conference of Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), shows how this ongoing trade has been facilitated by the complicity of some of Madagascar's state authorities and weak law-enforcement by the country's transitional government.

New report reveals luxury market fuelling illegal destruction of Madagascar’s forests
Consumer demand for expensive rosewood furniture and musical instruments in China and elsewhere is the primary driver of an ecologically devastating trade in illegal timber. This report This report examines the international export networks involved and shows how this shows how this ongoing trade has been facilitated by the complicity of some of Madagascar's state authorities and weak law-enforcement by the country's transitional government.

Briefing outlines transparency provisions for new oil deal in Sudan
This short briefing document outlines the transparency provisions required for a new oil deal in Sudan. Its annex outlines suggested wording for these provisions. With the referendum on southern secession scheduled for January, a fair and transparent oil agreement will be crucial to preserving peace in Sudan.

Global Witness welcomes UNESCO’s suspension of Dictator prize
Today's decision by UNESCO to suspend awarding the UNESCO-Obiang is a welcome - but long overdue - recognition of the serious reputational threat posed by associating the Organisation with one of the world's most venal dictators.

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