Timber rackets, gas booms in Mozambique

Africa Confidential 02
As the gas industry opens up the north, generals and politicians are smuggling hundreds of tonnes of timber and ivory to China
As the booming trade in smuggled ivory and timber devastates northern Mozambique’s environment, Attorney General Augusto Paulino has launched an investigation into the claimed involvement of Agriculture Minister José Pacheco and his predecessor Tomás Mandlate. Both face accusations of involvement in timber smuggling in cahoots with Chinese companies. Both Pacheco and Mandlate deny all wrong doing. READ MORE
7 June 2013 • Vol 54 – N° 12 • Africa Confidential

No one innocent in human trafficking, UN official says

Daily News Turkey
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says almost every country in the world is complicit in human trafficking, urging them to fight against it
Almost every country in the world is complicit in human trafficking, as each one is an origin, transit or destination country for the trade, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, has said, adding that the victims of the crime are being exploited in almost every part of the world. (…)
Turkey a transit route
However, Fedotov heralded some good news, as the number of countries criminalizing human trafficking increased from 78 to 95 percent of the total considered in the report between 2008 and 2012. “The improvements are encouraging, but they are coming too slowly to help the millions of victims. A catalyst is needed. We need an inspirational, but totally realistic goal: a decade of concrete action to try to end human trafficking. Action built on cooperation and coordination,” he said. READ MORE