Blog / / 03.17.22

Civil Society Declaration Concerning Elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A coalition, joined by The Sentry and 61 other Congolese civil society and human rights groups and international NGOs, is calling for the Democratic Republic of Congo’s 2023 national elections to be free, credible, transparent, inclusive, and democratic. The jointly signed declaration is available in English and in French, and the full English text is below. The coalition […]

Blog / / 02.04.22

The Sentry and 22 Organizations Applaud U.S. Treasury for New Rule to Counter Anonymous Shell Companies

The Sentry led an effort among a coalition of 23 international human rights and transparency organizations in submitting a letter applauding the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)’s newly proposed rule implementing the beneficial ownership registration elements of the Corporate Transparency Act. The signatories also called on FinCEN to establish strong measures in the […]

Blog / / 12.14.21

Study on Conflict Minerals Disclosures: 5 Takeaways

By Ian Schwab, Chief of Staff at The Sentry   An academic study published in September 2021 examines the impact of conflict minerals disclosures in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and assesses previous research on the subject. The authors’ overall results “suggest that promoting supply chain transparency of conflict minerals alleviates the region’s resource […]

Blog / / 11.29.21

The Passing of Two Upstanders

from John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry   The Passing of Two Upstanders   The world lost two relentless advocates for social justice last week when Gabriel Stauring and Katie-Jay Scott were killed in a car accident. Gabriel and Katie-Jay were the founders of iAct and longtime anti-genocide activists. I worked closely with them on […]

Blog / / 10.28.21

The Sentry’s Testimony at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom Hearing

On October 27, 2021, The Sentry’s Director of Illicit Finance Policy Justyna Gudzowska testified before a hearing with the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. The USCIRF Hearing, “Targeted Sanctions – Implications for International Religious Freedom,” considered how the U.S. government can advance international religious freedom through targeted sanctions. The written testimony from Justyna is available here. […]

Blog / / 10.07.21

Why the Combating Global Corruption Act Matters

By Brad Brooks-Rubin, Senior Advisor to The Sentry   Congress is busy these days. Debt ceiling/spending bills, infrastructure negotiations, Afghanistan and January 6 hearings, and on and on. But under the national headline radar, important provisions to continue the fight against kleptocracy are moving forward through one of the few bills that Congress passes every […]

Blog / / 07.22.21

International Pressure Needed to Accelerate Rome Peace Talks

By Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy   News that a holdout faction in the South Sudanese war has been included in the Rome talks mediated by the Community of Sant’Egidio represents a positive step toward peace in South Sudan, although much more remains to be done. At the talks this week, the SSOMA faction, led by […]

Blog / / 06.17.21

Financial Incentives Are Fueling Deadly Conflict in CAR

Over several months, The Sentry has worked closely with CNN on a confidential investigation, obtaining testimony and documents implicating Russian mercenaries connected to the Wagner Group, a shadowy Kremlin-linked defense and security firm sanctioned by the US, in mass atrocities committed against civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR). The investigative report that first aired on […]

Blog / / 06.17.21

Statement: The Sentry Applauds Kenyan Action to Freeze the Accounts of South Sudanese Minister Lomuro

Click here to download this statement.     The Sentry Applauds Kenyan Action to Freeze the Accounts of South Sudanese Minister Lomuro The asset freeze should be the first of many such actions to disrupt South Sudanese illicit flows June 17, 2021 The Sentry applauds the move by Kenyan authorities to freeze South Sudanese Minister of Cabinet Affairs […]

Blog / / 05.25.21

The Sentry’s Congressional Testimony on The Impact of Sanctions in Africa

On Tuesday May 25, The Sentry’s Co-Founder John Prendergast testified before the US House of Representatives to the Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights. The hearing provided Congress with an update on the impact of sanctions in Africa, including the risks mitigated by US sanctions programs and what Congress […]

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 […]