|20 Dec 2013||
UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil accused of human rights abuses in Liberia
Investigations by a coalition of international and Liberian NGOs reveal allegations that EPO security personnel and members of the elite Liberian Police Support Unit assaulted and arrested unarmed civilians
|24 Jul 2018||
Deadliest year on record for land and environmental defenders, as agribusiness shown to be the industry most linked to killings
Global Witness annual figures show at least 207 land and environmental activists were killed in 2017 across 22 countries, almost 4 a week, making it the worst year on record.
|10 Mar 2014||
NGOs welcome Liberian President's commitment to stop British palm oil company "taking" community land
Global Witness and SAMFU welcome the commitment by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to make any expansion by Equatorial Palm Oil onto Jogbahn Clan land dependent on the approval of the communities affected.
|07 May 2020||
Razing the stakes
Controversial hedge fund tycoon Crispin Odey invested more than US$170m into one of Brazil’s most damaging agribusinesses despite it deforesting large areas and receiving numerous environmental fines
|23 Sep 2019||
Revealed: major banks and investors including Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BlackRock are pouring money into global forest destruction
New investigation by Global Witness uncovers more than 300 banks and investors back six of the world’s most harmful agribusinesses to the tune of $44bn.
|23 Sep 2019||
Money to burn
Global Witness exposes how more than 300 banks and investors back six of the world’s most harmful agribusinesses to the tune of $44bn
|23 Jul 2015||
Palm oil in Liberia: violence, threats, and false promises
Global Witness exposé reveals violence, threats, and false promises driving rapid palm oil expansion in Liberia. Urgent reforms needed to protect citizens and regulate plantation companies.
|07 Mar 2019||
Global Witness celebrates agreement on EU investor due diligence
European investors will now need to disclose the steps they have taken to address the adverse impact of their investment decisions, such as land grabbing
|03 Sep 2014||
Papua New Guinea must not renew license to deforest due to legal irregularities, social and environmental harm
Global Witness is urging Papua New Guinea to block a bid by one of Malaysia’s biggest logging companies, Rimbunan Hijau, to renew a license that permits it to flatten over 40,000 hectares of tropical rainforest in order to grow oil palm.
|15 Jul 2010||
How the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines can effectively address governance of large-scale land acquisitions
Global Witness proposes how the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on responsible governance of land tenure can best address the macroeconomic impacts of corruption and governance failures in large scale land acquisitions.
|20 Oct 2016||
Palm oil giant Golden Veroleum bulldozes religious sites in Liberia, protected by armed police
Palm oil giant Golden Veroleum has bulldozed religious sites in southeast Liberia and has paid police armed with assault rifles to protect its plantations, according to a new Global Witness exposé.
|21 Mar 2019||
Is rubber the new palm oil?
As the world’s first Sustainable Rubber Platform is launched, Ali Hines of Global Witness asks whether tire companies can make good on their promises.
|26 Jun 2018||
Is Nordsudtimber getting into the palm oil business?
A new report by Global Witness indicates that Feronia Inc destroyed secondary forest during its replanting programme in the DR Congo, on lands that are part of a Norsudtimber forestry concession.
|11 Mar 2014||
What’s in a number?
Why the struggle to quantify the global land grabbing crisis is part of the problem.
|17 Nov 2016||
New report examines how corruption is fuelling widespread land grabbing and human rights abuses
A new report launched today takes the most comprehensive look to date at how corruption is fuelling the global land grabbing crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced from their homes and farmland.
|28 Jul 2017||
Myanmar government backtracking on land law threatens to worsen land conflict
As Myanmar parliament discusses amendments to the Farmland Law which threaten to further undermine land rights, Global Witness calls to the government of Myanmar to set out a clear vision for land reform before introducing or enacting new laws.
|24 Jun 2014||
Communities protest that UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil is poised to seize land in Liberia
Members of the Jogbahn Clan will deliver a petition with over 90,000 signatures reminding company that it does not have community consent to expand onto their lands.
|01 Aug 2017||
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is home to the largest remaining tropical rainforest in the Asia-Pacific region, and one of the biggest land grabs in modern history. Between 2014 and 2016, Global Witness traced a supply chain spanning some 9,000 miles from the PNG’s forests to retail shelves in the U.S.
|04 Nov 2016||
How to stop European money fuelling land grabbing overseas
A worrying number of land grabs in developing countries involve European companies or are backed by European money – from banks, equity and pension funds, for instance.
|30 Oct 2014||
New UN principles on agricultural investment won’t stop land grabbing or hunger
After a painstaking two-year negotiation process, the Principles lack the power to change the status quo, whereby corporate profit trumps human rights and the environment.
|30 Jul 2014||
Latest killing in Cambodia highlights tensions and violence over land
The killing on 27th July 2014 of a teenage farmer by a soldier from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is the latest tragedy emerging out of Cambodia’s land grabbing crisis.
|30 Jul 2019||
Enemies of the State?
Global Witness report finds that more than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment.
|12 May 2013||
Rubber barons - a Global Witness report
Rubber Barons shows how vast amounts of land have been acquired for rubber plantations in Cambodia and Laos by two of Vietnam's biggest largest companies, Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) and the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG).
|02 Nov 2012||
European leaders hosted on land grab site in Laos for key summit
Between 2010 and 2011, the 500 residents of Don Chan Island in central Vientiane were forced off their land to make way for accommodation for delegates such as William Hague and François Hollande.
|24 Apr 2012||
Dealing with Disclosure: Improved transparency in decision-making over large-scale land acquisitions, allocations and investments
Report looks at why it is vital to transform the secretive culture behind large scale land deals and sets out in detail what tools governments, companies and citizens can harness to ensure that this happens.
|12 Dec 2014||
Civil society statement supporting the case filed against the Cambodian ruling elite in the International Criminal Court
CSOs submit letter to ICC supporting case filed against Cambodia ruling elite that have waged widespread and systematic land grabbing, asking ICC to open a preliminary investigation.
|16 Sep 2015||
Pushing land grabs up the anti-corruption agenda
Issues of land and corruption are intricately linked. Over the last decade increasing commercial demand for land has made the sector more vulnerable to corrupt abuse by those in a position to own or control land.
|11 Aug 2017||
“I became victimised because my land was grabbed, and now I’ve been put in prison.”
There were dramatic scenes outside Phnom Penh court this week as one of Cambodia’s most iconic activists, Tep Vanny lost an appeal to overturn her two and a half year jail sentence.
|10 Sep 2014||
Palm oil, poverty and ‘imperialism’: A reality check from Liberia
Silas Sikor of the Sustainable Development Institute responds to Sir Jonathon Porritt's suggestion that oil palm plantations are a solution to poverty.
|22 May 2013||
Liberian government publishes landmark resource audit, but urgently needs to address findings
Audit says Liberian government failed to fully apply its own laws when awarding land concessions to palm oil companies Sime Darby and Golden Veroleum and recommends urgent remedial action