Investigation: Damen Shipyards

Investigation: Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards is the leading shipbuilder in the Netherlands with shipyards in 34 countries, revenues of €2 billion in 2017 and it employs 10,000 people. It is a very Dutch success story, owned by the Damen family, who have close links to the Dutch royal family. Despite its reputation at home, Damen now faces allegations of corruption in a number of countries.

Lighthouse Reports started a collaboration with NRC, a leading Dutch newspaper, to deeply investigate the activities of Damen. We spoke to dozens of current and former employees, diplomats and experts. We have filed FOI requests and traveled to West Africa to investigate Damen's business there.

Congo's Gold

Congo's Gold

In the Democratic Republic of Congo conflict is never far off. This is in part due to conflict minerals, the mining of which contributes to the perpetuation and aggravation of a cycle of violence. In the vast Okapi Wildlife Reserve, mining is illegal. But that doesn't limit the lengths to which people are willing to go to fight for the gold and other natural resources.

Sudan: E.U.'s new partner in Migration Crime

Sudan: E.U.'s new partner in Migration Crime

In the last four years, Sudan has gone from being a pariah state to an E.U.partner on countering migration. Roughly one-quarter of the refugees and migrants who cross to Italy from north Africa have transited Sudan. But our reporting suggests that not only does the Sudanese regime benefit from complying with E.U. deals meant to contain migration, but some of its most influential citizens also appear to profit from letting some refugees through.

Did Evil Win?

Did Evil Win?

In spite of a global campaign asking Western governments to act in Darfur, more than a decade ago, the crisis in this region in Sudan is still ongoing. The violence never ended. 

The Sudanese regime is held responsible for a genocidal military campaign against its own civilians - and yet, it continues to stay in power. How is that possible? See for yourself in this documentary: investigate the crisis, look at interviews with key players or follow the clues. Make up your mind: Did Evil Win?