Op-Ed / / 02.20.17

Guardian: British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Guardian and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast.

Almost a year ago, the UK government convened a global summit to commit to fighting corruption. The final communiqué from the governments involved summed up their historic intentions: “We want to send a clear signal to the corrupt that they will face consequences internationally. We want to make it harder for them to travel and do business in our countries.”

The time for sending signals is over. It is time to act against the kind of corruption that enables governments and armed groups especially in east and central Africa – the deadliest interlinked zone of conflict in the world – to prosecute wars and carry out mass atrocities…

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