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Civil society orgs. call on US State Department to ensure transparency & accountability in extractives sector

…Publish What You Pay is a global civil society coalition that works for a more open and accountable oil, gas, and mining sector…One of [the] core objectives is to ensure that citizens are able to follow the money paid by oil, gas, and mining companies to governments in order to fight corruption…The United States’ commitment to promote democracy and protect human rights…is a fundamental contribution to our common battle…Last month, PWYP launched a report with CIVICUS, the Global Alliance for Citizen Participation, that documents the disturbing increase in sometimes lethal risks facing citizens that tackle corruption and injustice in the oil, gas, and mining sectors…Now is the time when the United States government is needed…to defend civil society activists when they exercise their freedom of speech, and their right to fight oil, gas, and mining corruption…Equally important is US leadership in global efforts to counter corruption…by vigorously promoting transparency efforts…

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