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Oil law before Congo parliament fails to safeguard against corruption or environmental damage — Global Witness. New investigation from Global Witness reveals high-level military involvement in eastern Congo's gold trade. Liberia systematically breaking its own laws in oil, mineral, forest and land deals worth billions of dollars, new audit reveals. Criminal complaint accuses senior manager of Danzer Group of responsibility over human rights abuses against Congolese community.

Eni era a conoscenza che il pagamento di 1,1 miliardi di dollari era destinato a un pregiudicato che riciclava denaro. World Bank refuses to review support for logging in tropical rainforests despite criticism from its own independent evaluators. Nederlandse regering kan transparantiewetgeving afzwakken terwijl schandaal rond betaling van Shell toeneemt.

Beny Steinmetz Group Resources doit impérativement répondre aux interrogations relatives à une concession minière en Guinée. Shell and ENI's billion dollar payment for Nigerian oil project could fall foul of anti-corruption laws.

Opening up Afghanistan's extractives sector - Afghan Government unveils first tranche of mining and oil contracts. Lengthy jail sentence for Cambodian activist highlights worsening state repression amidst land grab crisis.

Global Witness calls for action to end hidden company ownership in light of money laundering accusations. Lengthy Taylor sentence represents justice for Sierra Leoneans: Justice still needed for the people of Liberia. Le gouvernement congolais applique une loi visant à restreindre le commerce des minerais du conflit. Justice for Sierra Leone as Charles Taylor found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sentencing of former Nigerian politician highlights role of British and US banks in money laundering.

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WWF-Holzhandelsprojekt erlaubt illegalen Holzeinschlag und Waldzerstörung und versagt bei der Verhinderung von Menschenrechtsverletzungen. WWF timber scheme allows illegal logging, forest destruction and fails to prevent human rights abuses.

Global Witness welcomes implementation of the Bribery Act, but warns political will is needed for it to succeed. Placer les populations au centre de la législation du secteur forestier - Global Witness publie le second rapport annuel sur la transparence.

Electronics, auto makers should commit now to due diligence standards to end trade in conflict minerals. World Bank turns its back on forest-dependent communities in Liberia by refusing to investigate their concerns. Global Witness proposes new framework that could close legal loopholes which allow corporate crimes in conflict zones. Global Witness welcomes decisive action by Liberian President regarding carbon fraud investigation.

Global Witness salue l'arrestation d'un dirigeant rebelle congolais pour des viols commis en masse. Global Witness welcomes UN report highlighting link between minerals and conflict in DRC and calls for end to impunity for crimes.

Interdiction minière au Congo: Global Witness intente une action contre le gouvernement britannique pour non-inclusion des entreprises britanniques faisant le commerce de minerais du conflit congolais sur la liste des entités visées par les sanctions de l'ONU.

Les États-Unis adoptent des réformes historiques dans le domaine de la transparence des ressources. Crisis averted by last-minute deal on Zimbabwe diamonds, but campaigners warn that biggest test lies ahead.

Le secteur des ressources naturelles doit impérativement être plus transparent pour que le Congo puisse profiter de l'allègement de sa dette, affirme Global Witness. Diamond meeting ends without consensus on Zimbabwe; Serious challenges ahead for landmark certification scheme.

Return of the blood diamond: Discussions on reducing deforestation take place behind closed doors while developed countries seek to hide emissions. Global Witness demande une enquête indépendante immédiate sur la mort d'un activiste congolais. Le Conseil de sécurité doit agir pour que le commerce des minerais cesse d'alimenter la guerre au Congo.

Environment at risk as Cambodia exports millions of tonnes of sand to Singapore, new Global Witness report reveals. L'exportation massive de millions de tonnes de sable du Cambodge vers Singapour menace l'environnement, révèle un nouveau rapport de Global Witness. Global Witness welcomes Dutch court decision to retry timber baron Guus Kouwenhoven for crimes committed during Liberian war. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development re-opens purse for Turkmenistan despite lack of evidence of reform.

Campaigners welcome Madagascar rosewood export ban but warn that maintenance and enforcement will be crucial. Global Witness et l'EIA se félicitent de l'adoption d'une interdiction d'exporter le bois de rose malgache mais insistent sur la nécessité d'assurer son maintien et sa mise en application. Link between Angolan president's son-in-law and state oil company raises questions about transparency.

Environmental groups call on French shipping company Delmas to cancel shipment of precious wood from Madagascar. Parliamentary committee report on libel, privacy and press freedom not strong enough to defend public interest reporting. Proposed changes to Liberian forest laws would open way for devastating logging and slash government revenues.

Failure to suspend Zimbabwe from blood diamond scheme undermines efforts to end abuses and clean up international trade. Campaigners call for urgent action on Zimbabwe blood diamonds and wider reform of the Kimberley Process to prevent abuse. Campaigners warn lack of financial controls in Liberian Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy threatens post-conflict reconstruction. Global Witness demande la libération immédiate d'un activiste des droits de l'homme congolais.

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité devraient faire pression pour la protection des civils lors de leur visite au Congo.

Global Witness and Green Advocates publish analysis of record deal between Chinese mining firm and Liberian Government. Les résiliations de concessions forestières en RDC sont bienvenues, mais de vastes réformes restent nécessaires.

Les résolutions du Conseil de Sécurité de l'ONU relatives au commerce des ressources naturelles dans l'est du Congo constituent un pas en avant majeur, déclare Global Witness. Global Witness demande aux gouvernements d'apagir en s'appuyant sur les conclusions des travaux du Groupe d'experts consacrés au financement des groupes armés congolais par le commerce des minerais. La réforme de la filière cacao insuffisante tant que les exportateurs évitent la transparence. Le contrôle des mines exercé par les parties belligérantes menace les efforts de paix dans l'est du Congo.

La société Afrimex a enfreint des directives internationales, affirme le gouvernement britannique. Mise en examen dans le cacao de Côte d'Ivoire: Des défenseurs des droits de l'homme sont empêchés de rencontrer les victimes du massacre de Kilwa. Publication of Congo mining contract review welcome; renegotiations should be fair and transparent.

Cambodian Embassy Press Release: New Policy and Leadership - key challenges to Global Witness in Les plans de la Banque mondiale en RD Congo dans le domaine de l'exploitation forestière sont critiqués par son propre Panel d'inspection interne. Appel international pour la publication du rapport final de la commission ministérielle chargée de la revisitation des contrats miniers en rdc.

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Menaces de mort contre des activistes qui ont dénoncé des abus dans le secteur des ressources naturelles en RDC. Natural Resources and conflict under the legal spotlight, war crimes trial of Gus Kouwenhoven to commence in The Hague. Deux acteurs de premier plan de la campagne pour plus de transparence arrêtés en République du Congo.

Rendre l'argent de la corruption ne doit pas signifier l'impunité. Hearing on the Africa Growth and Opportunity. Another Review, another Condemnation of the Logging Concessionaires. Global Witness welcomes the report of the Forest Concession Review Committee and urges the Liberian government to sign and implement its recommendations. Des élections retardées en RDC 1 alors que la demande en étain alimente la poursuite des conflits dans l'Est du pays. Uncontrolled Liberian resource exploitation and manipulation by Charles Taylor continue to threaten peace in West Africa.

Will Bush and Blair finally take action against indicted war criminal and former US military intelligence asset Charles Taylor? Open Statement to the Security Council details the critical need for the maintenance of sanctions on Liberian diamonds and renewal and extension of the mandate of MONUC. Preparing to Pulp the Pulp Merchants? Open letter to the Minister of Environment: Cambodia - Phnom Penh Governor shooting incident: Logging industry must be free of links to armed conflict to ensure lasting national and regional peace and security.

Global Witness Report Launch: Thai Global Witness Report Launch: Global Witness Briefing Document - Liberia: Lifting sanctions will fuel instability and jeopardise peace.

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US Department of Justice must investigate. Cambodian community reps beaten by state thugs for peacefully requesting workshop on forestry management. Implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act regulatory scheme depends on the adoption of swap definitions, as several key CFTC rules hinge on their meaning and cannot be implemented until the swap definitional rules have become effective. As noted above, the swap definitional rules will become effective on October 12, Several CFTC rules will become effective on that date, with compliance dates for a number of other rules to follow.

These compliance dates are set forth in the following table, which outlines some of the key CFTC regulations whose effective date has now been established as a result of the adoption of the swap definitional rules and summarizes in very general terms how these regulations will impact buy-side users of derivatives. Directly applicable to swap dealers and major swap participants "MSPs" , with indirect impact on the buy-side. Entities that qualify as swap dealers or MSPs must register with the CFTC and adhere to a wide variety of new requirements, including capital, margin and business conduct requirements.

By this date, all entities that qualify as swap dealers or MSPs must apply for registration. In addition, the "swap dealer" definition is construed narrowly, thereby including for the most part only traditional dealers in the OTC derivatives market and excluding most buy-side participants who are not undertaking traditional dealing activities. For all swap dealers and MSPs, compliance with external business conduct standards in connection with entering into swaps prohibiting certain abusive practices, requiring disclosures of material information to counterparties, and requiring swap dealers and MSPs to undertake certain due diligence relating to their dealings with counterparties is required.

For example, swap dealers are expected to seek additional representations and information from their counterparties in connection with compliance with these requirements. In addition, special rules apply to swap dealers' and MSPs' dealings with "special entities" which generally include federal agencies, state and local government entities, employee benefit plans, governmental plans, and endowments.

Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements final rule available here. Swap Data Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements: Pre- Enactment and Transition Swaps final rule available here.

Parties to both cleared and uncleared swaps will be required to maintain certain records regarding each swap. In addition, certain information regarding each swap whether cleared or uncleared will be required to be reported to a swap data repository, which will make the information available to regulators, and also make the information other than the identity of the parties available to the public.

In general, if one party to a swap is a swap dealer and the other party is not, the swap dealer has the reporting obligation. Separate recordkeeping and reporting requirements apply to so-called "historical swaps" i. For swap dealers and MSPs, compliance with these requirements is required with respect to interest rate and credit swaps including off-facility swaps. For swap dealers and MSPs, compliance with these requirements is required with respect to all other asset classes, such as equity, foreign exchange, and other commodity swaps.

For non-swap dealers and non-MSPs, compliance with these requirements is required with respect to all types of swaps. Applicable generally to all market participants trading in covered futures, options, and swaps. Position Limits for Futures and Swaps final rule and interim final rule available here.

The CFTC has established speculative position limits for 28 physical delivery commodity futures and options contracts, as well as for swaps that are economically equivalent to such contracts.

Compliance for all spot-month limits and non-spot month legacy limits is required. For non-spot month non-legacy referenced contracts, the compliance date will be set forth by CFTC order establishing such limits approximately 12 months after the CFTC's collection of swap positional data. Smaller reporting companies, foreign private issuers, MJDS filers, emerging growth companies, and registered investment companies would not be subject to the requirement. A company subject to the pay ratio requirement would be permitted to omit from its calculation any employees obtained in a business combination or acquisition for the fiscal year in which the transaction becomes effective.

The company would be required to identify the acquired business and disclose the approximate number of employees it is omitting. Companies would be required to report the pay ratio disclosure for their first fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, Section b of the Dodd-Frank Act directs the Commission to amend existing rules to require companies to disclose:. Under SEC rules, companies are required to provide extensive information about the compensation of its CEO and other named executive officers.

Companies currently are not, however, required to disclose the same compensation information for other employees.

Securities and Exchange Commission. The rules will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Highlights of the New Rule Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirement As required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the rule would amend existing executive compensation disclosure rules to require companies to disclose: The median of the annual total compensation of all its employees, except the CEO; The annual total compensation of its CEO; and The ratio of those two amounts.

Methodology for Identifying the Median Employee To identify the median employee, the rule would allow companies to select a methodology based on their own facts and circumstances. A company could, for example, identify the median of its population or sample using: Annual total compensation as determined under existing executive compensation rules; or Any consistently-applied compensation measure from compensation amounts reported in its payroll or tax records.

Up to 5 percent of its total employees who are non-U. If a company excludes any non-U. Disclosure of Methodology, Assumptions, and Estimates Companies would be required to briefly describe the methodology used to identify the median employee, and any material assumptions, adjustments including cost-of-living adjustments , or estimates used to identify the median employee or to determine annual total compensation.