Press Release / / 05.25.21

Sentry Co-Founder Testifies on Sanctions Before US Congress

The Sentry’s John Prendergast Testifies Before Congress on Impact of Sanctions in Africa 


May 25, 2021 (Washington DC) – Today, The Sentry’s Co-Founder John Prendergast testified before the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights hearing provided Congress with an update on the impact of sanctions in Africa, including the risks mitigated by US sanctions programs and what Congress can do to ensure effective implementation and enforcement.

John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “When used effectively and calibrated closely with well-developed and -resourced policies, targeted network sanctions can be a potent tool in the United States’ foreign policy toolbox. When deployed thoughtfully and intentionally, and implemented robustly with partners, sanctions can go a long way in bringing about real leverage for US diplomatic efforts to support peace, human rights, and good governance across the African continent.”

The full testimony of John Prendergast is available here, and the video recording of the hearing is here.  

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About The Sentry

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.