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November 14, 2022 (Bali / Washington, DC) — As the 2022 G20 summit begins tomorrow with the theme “Recover Together, Recover Stronger,” The Sentry urges the G20 member states to work together to tackle corruption and kleptocracy. The Sentry has outlined key policy recommendations that, if adopted, will enable the G20 to achieve real accountability for systemic corruption and create new leverage for peace, human rights, democracy, and good governance.
Denisse Rudich, Senior Advisor to The Sentry, said: “The Indonesian G20 presidency has identified stronger cooperation in fighting corruption as central to the collective capacity of countries to secure shared prosperity. We urge G20 countries to adopt tools of financial pressure, including network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, and law enforcement action to make the fight against corruption more effective.”
John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “Given the current geopolitical context, there appears to be little that the G20 countries can agree on. It is essential, however, that the G20 continue to work on issues that impact the collective good. Corruption is such an issue, and The Sentry welcomes strengthening the fight against corruption as a key area of focus at this year’s summit in Bali and looks forward to progress made in this area.”
Justyna Gudzowska, Director of Illicit Finance Policy at The Sentry, said: “As G20 leaders meet, Russia’s war in Ukraine will undoubtedly dominate the conversation. But G20 countries should also address another conflict unfolding much closer to Bali, in Myanmar, where the junta’s recourse to violence, repression, and unsophisticated policies to seek to solidify its political control and kleptocratic interests have been catastrophic for the population. We urge the G20 to condemn the worsening crisis in Myanmar and to coordinate on a decisive and forceful response that should include the ratcheting up of financial tools of pressure against the junta and its enablers.”
The Sentry recommends that the G20 take the following actions:
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About The Sentry
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The Sentry is an investigative and policy organization that seeks to disable multinational predatory networks that benefit from violent conflict, repression, and kleptocracy. Pull back the curtain on wars, mass atrocities, and other human rights abuses, and you’ll find grand corruption and unchecked greed. These tragedies persist because the perpetrators rarely face meaningful consequences. The Sentry aims to alter the warped incentive structures that continually undermine peace and good governance. Our investigations follow the money as it is laundered from war zones to financial centers around the world. We provide evidence and strategies for governments, banks, and law enforcement to hold the perpetrators and enablers of violence and corruption to account. These efforts provide new leverage for human rights, peace, and anti-corruption efforts.