Letters / / 02.03.21

30 Organizations Call For Reversal of Gertler License

The Sentry joins with 14 Congolese and 15 international human rights, anti-corruption, and humanitarian NGOs in a letter urging the Secretaries of State and Treasury to take immediate action to suspend and ultimately reverse the decision to issue to Dan Gertler and associated persons the license GLOMAG-2021-371648-1.

As detailed in the letter, the Gertler license:

  1. Directly undermines U.S. strategy and policy concerning anti-corruption efforts in the DRC
  2. Sets a dangerous precedent that undercuts the efficacy and legitimacy of the Global Magnitsky sanctions program
  3. Thwarts the critical, challenging, and sometimes dangerous work of Congolese and other civil society organizations and activists

Read the full letter to Secretaries Blinken and Yellen.

Letters demanding the Gertler license be rescinded have also been sent to Treasury Secretary Yellen from US Senators Cory Booker, Ben Cardin, and Dick Durbin and from US Representatives Gregory Meeks, Karen Bass, and James Himes.