As Paris Conference on Sudan Investment Commences Today, The Sentry Releases Report on Threat of Parastatals to Civilian Transition
May 17, 2021 (London / Washington, DC) – As French President Emmanuel Macron today convenes in Paris an international conference on investment in Sudan, The Sentry is warning of the continuing threat to a successful civilian-led transition from the economic and institutional legacy of Bashir-era corruption.
The new briefing report, “Sudan Struggles to Control Its Parastatals,” details an array of business operations largely controlled by military and security services. The report further spotlights how private companies in the mining, commercial, and construction sectors incorporated by several commanders of the notorious Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are often contracted by the RSF in breach of conflict-of-interest principles and an absence of government oversight and regulation. The RSF is an official security force unit with a record of mass atrocities and human rights abuses, originally formed under the Bashir regime from members of the genocidal Janjaweed militia.
Dr. Suliman Baldo, Senior Advisor at The Sentry and report author, said: “The Sudanese Transitional Government continues to make encouraging progress toward fulfilling the promise made to the Sudanese people of a democratic, peaceful, and prosperous Sudan. But this progress risks being undone unless it is rooted in a tangible shift away from the opaque and corrupt system operated for decades by the former regime. The transitional government must deal with this legacy with more resolve than it has shown to date.”
Oliver Windridge, Senior Advisor at The Sentry, said: “As the international community readies to welcome Sudan back from isolation at the Paris Conference, many of the kleptocratic systems and practices that were active under the deposed regime of President Omar al-Bashir have survived and continue to cripple the economy two years after the demise of Bashir. The international community must play its part by identifying and holding to account those who resist the necessary move towards open, transparent, and democratic civilian-led government.”
Selected report excerpts:
To the government of Sudan:
To international partners and financial institutions:
Read the briefing report “Sudan Struggles to Control Its Parastatals”: https://thesentry.org/reports/sudan-parastatals
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The Sentry is an investigative and policy team that follows the dirty money connected to African war criminals and transnational war profiteers and seeks to shut those benefiting from violence out of the international financial system. By disrupting the cost-benefit calculations of those who hijack governments for self-enrichment, we seek to counter the main drivers of conflict and create new leverage for peace, human rights, and good governance. The Sentry is composed of financial investigators, international human rights lawyers, and regional experts, as well as former law enforcement agents, intelligence officers, policymakers, investigative journalists, and banking professionals. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is a strategic partner of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.
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