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Niger’s citizens march for justice and a fair deal

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This Saturday, 50 associations, civil society organisations and groups – including ROTAB, the Publish What You Pay coalition in Niger – will march in Niamey to call for Niger to get a fair deal for its resources.  More specifically, demonstrators are calling for AREVA and the Niger government to respect the country’s 2006 mining code in the new uranium contracts being negotiated by the two parties.

UK Government Minister opposes exemptions in European Union extractive industry disclosure law

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21 March 2013

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The UK government has gone on record as opposing exemptions in the country- and project-level disclosure requirements for oil, gas, mining and forestry companies currently under discussion between EU Member States, the Commission and the European Parliament.

UK Business Minister Jo Swinson MP said in the House of Commons earlier today i

The Woodcutters - a fight for justice and transparency in Niger (a video)

From presidential coups to new constitutions, our second documentary on Niger offers a quick snapshot of the political environment Publish What You Pay activists have faced over the past few years. It focusses on how the debate over natural resources has evolved, the treatment of Publish What You Pay activists under President Tandja's autocratic regime and their role in establishing a new level of openness in the country -- notably enshrining natural resource transparency as a key principle in Niger's new constitution.

New PWYP and Friends of the Earth Europe transparency advert launches across Europe

Today the Publish What You Pay coalition together with Friends of the Earth Europe launched a Europe-wide advert in the Financial Times calling on the European Union to seize a historic opportunity to pass European transparency laws for oil, gas, mining and logging companies.

The laws would ensure that citizens and investors are able to benefit from greater transparency in natural resource deals struck between companies and governments around the world.

Publish What You Pay welcomes strong UK Government statement on extractive industry transparency


Publish What You Pay, the global civil society campaign for transparency in the extractive industries, warmly welcomed the strong stance on the European Union’s company reporting rules announced today by UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Business Minister Jo Swinson.

Voices from the Street

A couple of weeks ago, we travelled with Tearfund and Micah Challenge International to Brussels, where activists lobbied their MEPs for strong transparency rules for oil, gas and mining companies. Campaigners handed in a petition to the Danish permanent representation, which currently holds the presidency of the EU, asking them to support the swift adoption of effective transparency rules.

G20: Bill Gates throws his weight behind Publish What You Pay rules

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Bill Gates today threw his weight behind laws that will require oil, gas and mining companies to be more transparent about the payments they make to governments around the world.

“I believe the G20 countries should endorse legally binding transparency requirements,” said Mr. Gates in a report on financing for development delivered at today’s G20 Summit in Cannes, France.

Tearfund hands in 10,000 postcards to UK Treasury Minister asking for strong Publish What You Pay rules in Europe

On Tuesday Tearfund, a Christian relief and development agency, handed in 10,000 postcards to the UK Chancellor from supporters calling for the UK Government to tackle corruption through Publish What You Pay legislation in the EU.

PWYP Coalition Spotlight: DR Congo

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Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo might be one of the world’s richest countries in natural resources, but its population ranks among the poorest with four out of five citizens living on less than 30 cents a day.

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