Blog / / 03.24.21

The Sentry’s Congressional Testimony on Global Magnitsky

On Wednesday March 24, Brad Brooks-Rubin, General Counsel at The Sentry, joined a panel of witnesses asked to testify in front of the House Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The hearing offered a chance to examine the implementation of the sanctions authority, analyze its efficacy in achieving […]

Blog / / 03.23.21

Letter: NGOs, experts call on US to appoint high-level Special Envoy to the Great Lakes & DR Congo

(En français ci-dessous) In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, 14 leading NGOs and regional experts expressed deep concern about the growing crisis in the Great Lakes of Africa. In eastern DR Congo, killings of civilians increased by 50 percent over the past year, and armed groups and troops from neighboring countries are present. High-level corruption and impunity […]

Blog / / 02.19.21

Five Ideas to Make Europe’s Conflict Minerals Law Succeed

By Sasha Lezhnev The European Union (EU) regulation on conflict minerals took effect on January 1, 2021, following several years of consultations and preparations. Related but not identical to the United States Dodd-Frank legislation on conflict minerals, the EU regulation applies only to direct importers of minerals, and it is global, not only focused on […]

Blog / / 02.18.21

Open Letter to Financial Institutions Concerning Dan Gertler’s OFAC License

Download the letter here.  Open Letter to Financial Institutions Concerning Dan Gertler’s OFAC License   February 18, 2021 As members of international civil society organizations, we would like to share with you our deepest concerns with regards to the decision of the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), dated January 15, 2021 and […]

Blog / / 02.17.21

75 Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-Based Groups, and Academic Institutions Call for the Biden Administration to Repeal ICC Sanctions

The Sentry joins a coalition of 75 NGOs, faith-based groups, and academic institutions who are calling for the Biden administration to repeal sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The full letter is below, and attached here.   More than 70 Organizations, Faith-Based Groups, and Academic Institutions Call for the Biden Administration to Repeal ICC Sanctions […]

Blog / / 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: […]

Blog / / 12.21.20

If Not Now, When? : South Sudan Slips Back Into Famine

By Oliver Windridge, Senior Advisor at The Sentry for the UK.   This month, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification initiative (IPC) has announced the results of its latest inquiry into food insecurity in South Sudan, and the conclusions are stark. The IPC has found that several South Sudanese counties are in its very highest […]

Blog / / 11.23.20

Hearts and Bones and the Shared Experience of War

By Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy Hearts and Bones is a heart-wrenching tale of two characters united by their shared struggle with war and loss. Daniel is a photographer from Sydney, Australia, who is traumatized by the horrific scenes he captured in war zones around the world, including in South Sudan. Sebastian is a […]

Blog / / 10.23.20

The Crisis in the Central African Republic

This week, The Sentry published a series of products on the Central African Republic in an effort to shine a light on the forces at play there and on what those with influence can do about it. Since 2012, sectarian violence has killed thousands and forced more than a million Central Africans to flee their homes. […]

Blog / / 08.10.20

Co-Founder John Prendergast’s moments with Congressman John Lewis

The Sentry’s Co-Founder John Prendergast spent a day in jail with Congressman John Lewis, and reflects on that experience plus another opportunity he had to learn from this recently departed civil rights giant. His tribute to Congressman Lewis was published in The Hill on August 5, 2020. Read about John Prendergast’s Two Rare Moments with […]

Blog / / 07.09.20

We’ve Got the Tool, Let’s Use It: The UK Launches its Human Rights Sanctions Program

By Oliver Windridge, Senior Advisor at The Sentry for the UK.   The United Kingdom this week launched its human rights sanctions program. Under this new program—something of a passion project for current UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab—the UK government will now be able to issue sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans on individuals […]

Blog / / 07.09.20

COVID-19 Response: Organizations Call for Utilizing Global Magnitsky Sanctions

The Sentry joins with 23 organizations in a letter calling on the Departments of State and Treasury to utilize the Global Magnitsky sanctions program to address corruption by authoritarian governments during the current pandemic. The letter recommends specific steps to assist in following best practices for clarity in public messaging, robust enforcement, and the provision […]

Blog / / 07.08.20

New Sentry Advisory Highlights Money Laundering Risks in African Real Estate

Today, The Sentry published an advisory detailing how kleptocrats and their networks have increasingly been using African real estate to launder the proceeds of corruption. Investigative reporting by The Sentry and others on illicit flows stemming from grand corruption has highlighted how, in cities like Nairobi, Kampala, Windhoek, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, banks and governments […]

Blog / / 05.21.20

A Discussion on Kleptocrats, Coronavirus, & How to Combat Them

The Sentry’s Brad Brooks-Rubin participated in a webinar hosted by the Harvard Kennedy Center’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Moderated by the Carr Center’s Executive Director Sushma Raman and featuring Judge Mark Wolf, Zorka Milin of Global Witness, and Brad, the discussion centered on the anti-corruption tools, both current and proposed, that can help prevent […]

Blog / / 05.14.20

New FATF Report Highlights UAE’s Anti-Money Laundering Framework Shortcomings, Including in the Gold Trade

By Megha Swamy and Sasha Lezhnev The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recently released its report evaluating anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) measures in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The report finds that the sectors most vulnerable to money laundering and terrorist financing risks are banking, money or value transfer services (MVTS), dealers in precious metals […]

Blog / / 05.13.20

The Sentry Joins 73 NGOs in Calling for Action on Artisanal Mining During the COVID-19 Crisis

By Sasha Lezhnev Yesterday, The Sentry joined a group of 73 nongovernmental organizations from across the globe in signing on to a joint advocacy statement on the issue of artisanal mining during the COVID-19 crisis. Addressing governments, banks, and companies that source minerals, the letter notes that over 40 million people work in artisanal mining worldwide, many of whom […]

Blog / / 04.03.20

The Sentry Makes Submission to United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights on the Links Between Corruption, Business and Human Rights

Last month The Sentry made a submission to the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (also known as Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises) as part of its inquiry into corruption, business and human rights. The Working Group is mandated to promote the effective […]

Blog / / 03.18.20

The Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities Turns Five

2020 marked the fifth year of the Lemkin Summit to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities. The Sentry’s annual Summit, hosted and co-sponsored by American University’s Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights Program, brought together 150 activists and student leaders seeking to combat genocide and mass atrocities. Representing 48 colleges and universities, 9 high schools, and 19 […]

Blog / / 02.21.20

The Sentry Statement: Significant Step Toward Peace in South Sudan

Click here to download this statement.    February 21, 2020 The formation of a power-sharing government is a significant and positive step in the South Sudan peace process. Finally, after many false starts, the hopes of millions of South Sudanese for peace and stability are within reach. The formation of a unity government, however, is […]

Blog / / 12.13.19

The Sentry and Enough Project Statement: Dramatically Increased Pressure and Diplomacy Needed to Advance Peace in South Sudan

Click here to download this statement.   December 13, 2019 In advance of the critical meeting that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will be hosting next week on the state borders dispute in South Sudan, the international community should begin preparations to dramatically increase the pressure on any spoilers in the event that the negotiations […]