Two hundred activists from over 50 countries convened in Montreal 16-18 November for a three-day conference of the Publish What You Pay coalition, the global campaign for transparency and accountability in the oil, gas and mining industries.
The delegates represented hundreds of organisations working in resource-rich nations around the globe with the aim to ensure that citizens are able to benefit from their countries’ natural resources.
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, PWYP is organising its third International Conference which will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 17-19 September, 2012. The conference will be an ideal forum to help the coalition reflect on ten successful years of campaigning and review progress to date, as well as to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and emerging challenges for the future.
The civil society representatives of the multi-stakeholder group in Niger suspended on 16 August their participation in the EITI process until further notice.
The representatives cited increasingly serious incidents of harassment and intimidation against civil society activists campaigning for good governance and transparency in Niger, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of Rotab/PWYP Niger Member Marou Amadou. In making the announcement,
The Gabonese authorities arrested six civil society activists and journalists on 31 December 2008. Among the four still in detention are Marc Ona Essangui, member of the EITI Interest Group and PWYP Coordinator in Gabon, Georges Mpaga, also from PWYP, and Gregory Ngoua Mintsa of the non-governmental organisation ROLBG, who is civil plaintiff in a complaint filed in Paris on 2 December 2008, calling for an investigation into assets acquired in France by the Heads of State of Gabon,