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Governments Should Halt Trade in Surveillance Technology

(New York) – Recent reports that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used for surveillance of dozens of journalists, human rights activists, and others demonstrate the urgent need for governments to suspend the trade in surveillance technology until…
People march in Budapest, Hungary during a July 26, 2021 protest against the Hungarian government over reports that it has used Pegasus spyware.
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  In 2020, you should be watching for a growing trend of national legislatures requiring companies to live up to their responsibilities to workers, communities, and the environment. Millions of adults and children around the world suffer…
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Oil-rich Angola and Equatorial Guinea have long shared the infamous distinction of having the longest-serving presidents in Africa – 38 years. That will change this week when Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos is scheduled to hand over…
Teodorin Nguema, Equatorial Guinea's vice president and son of President Teodoro Obiang
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For more than a decade, there has been growing recognition that companies must respect human rights. That perspective was institutionalized when the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council approved the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human…
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His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos President of the Republic of Angola Re: Prosecution of Rafael Marques de Morais Dear President dos Santos, We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, are writing to you to express our strong concerns about…
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The bold activists around the world who stand up to corporate and government economic interests frequently face a harsh backlash. Individuals and communities are threatened, and activists may be arrested or killed with impunity in retaliation for speaking…
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Human Rights and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

Update: A response from the EITI Secretariat is available at this link. ContentsSummaryBackground: EITI’s Purpose, Structure, and RulesEITI’s Founding PrinciplesStructure of the InitiativeThe Central Role of Civil Society ParticipationCurrent…
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Projects Financed by State Oil Company Require Close Scrutiny

(Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should insist that Angola’s government explain how it spent more than US$41.8 billion in unaccounted oil revenues from 2007 to 2011, Human Rights Watch, Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (…
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European Bank Should Set Benchmarks for Reform in Middle East, North Africa

(London) – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) should articulate concrete human rights benchmarks for Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia as it expands its operations into the Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights Watch said…
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Require Detailed Explanation of $32 Billion Accounting Gap

(Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should withhold a scheduled $130 million loan disbursement to the government of Angola until Angolan authorities fully and publicly justify a US$32 billion discrepancy in Angola’s public accounts,…
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Update: The IMF sent a response to Human Rights Watch on April 9, 2012. It is available as a downloadable resource on this page. Ms. Christine Lagarde Managing Director International Monetary Fund 700 19th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20431 Re: March…
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Clarify US$32 Billion Accounting Gap

Update: On January 17 2012, the government of Angola acknowledged the discrepancy in public accounts. In a statement issued through state media, the government emphatically denied that any funds were "missing" and said that, although its investigation…
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H.E. Mr. Carlos Alberto Lopes Minister of Finance Edifício do MinFin Largo da Mutamba Luanda, República de Angola Your Excellency, I am writing to you on behalf of Human Rights Watch to urge you to publicly account for the US$32 billion unexplained…
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State Oil Company is Main Focus of Investigation

(Washington, DC) – The government of Angola should promptly provide a full public accounting for US$32 billion in missing government funds thought to be linked to the state oil company, Human Rights Watch said today. A December 2011 report by the…
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Global Initiative Expels 2 Countries That Lagged on Reform; Retains 16 Others

(Washington, DC) - The decision today to end two countries' quests for membership in a global initiative on openness about natural resource profits shows that the initiative will not automatically accept governments that lack the political will to improve…