Mbada Diamonds (Pvt) Ltd., working in Zimbabwe’s eastern Marange fields, will switch to underground mining from surface digging, escalating investment in the region that campaigners say has helped fund political oppression.
Israel’s richest person Beny Steinmetz sued Global Witness, claiming breaches of his human and data-protection rights as part of a “sustained negative publicity campaign” led by the anti-corruption activist group.
Companies with obscure ownership structures are benefiting from oil agreements with Azerbaijan’s state energy company, signaling potential conflicts of interest and preferential treatment, rights group Global Witness said.
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s government breached its own regulations by failing to publish a contract for its purchase of an oil block from Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler last year, Global Witness said.
Nigeria and Angola, Africa’s biggest oil producers, have granted stakes in oil fields to companies that may be acting as fronts for government officials, stifling development in both countries, according to anti-corruption group Global Witness.