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 […]

Blog / / 12.12.19

The Sentry and Enough Project Statement: US Should Accelerate Process to Remove Sudan from Terrorism List and Impose Network Sanctions on Spoilers Undermining Peace in the Country

Click here to download the statement.  Click here to download the statement in Arabic.    December 12, 2019 The time has come to remove Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list, and the United States should accelerate its ongoing process to make this determination. At the same time, it should support reform efforts by […]

Blog / / 12.12.19

يجب على الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية التعجيل برفع اسم السودان من قائمة الدول الراعية للإرهاب وفرض عقوبات على شبكات المخرِّبين الذين يحاولون زعزعة السلام في البلاد

12 ديسمبر 2019 لقد آن الأوان لرفع اسم السودان من قائمة الدول الراعية للإرهاب، ومن ثم يجب على الولايات المتحدة التعجيل باتخاذ هذا القرار. وفي الوقت ذاته، يتعين عليها دعم جهود الإصلاح من خلال فرض عقوبات تستهدف شبكات المخرِّبين من المسؤولين والعناصر التمكينية التي تعمل على زعزعة السلام، وانتهاك حقوق الإنسان، وتقويض عملية التحول الديمقراطي. […]

Blog / / 12.11.19

Solutions to Conflict Gold Smuggling from Venezuela, Congo, and Beyond: Event at the Atlantic Council

Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, participated in a panel discussion at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on December 10 titled “Venezuelan illegal mining: Transnational crime, displacement, and violence.” The panel discussed illicit mining and gold trading in Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other countries, with […]

Blog / / 12.10.19

Enough’s Sasha Lezhnev Briefs UN Security Council on Central Africa: Preventing Conflict by Focusing on Financial Issues

On December 6, Enough Project Deputy Director of Policy Sasha Lezhnev briefed the United Nations Security Council on conflict prevention in Central Africa, emphasizing the need for the Council and the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) to focus strategically on the financial aspect of crises in the region. Read the highlights from […]

Blog / / 12.09.19

Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok Recognizes the Role of Darfur Activist Movement

In 2004, a coalition of religious, political, and humanitarian organizations came together to address disturbing reports of atrocities that began emerging from Sudan’s western region of Darfur in 2003. For years, they raised awareness and advocated for international action to support the Sudanese people’s quest for peace and an end to the brutal regime headed […]

Blog / / 12.09.19

Statement by The Sentry: Sunshine Is the Best Disinfectant

On December 5, the government of South Sudan released a report responding to an investigation by The Sentry. “The Taking of South Sudan: The Tycoons, Brokers, and Multinational Corporations Complicit in Hijacking World’s Newest State,” published September 19, documented how top South Sudanese politicians and military officials responsible for violence and looting received support from […]

Blog / / 12.09.19

رئيس الوزراء السوداني حمدوك يثمن دور حركة النشطاء حول احداث دارفور

في عام 2004، اجتمع تحالف من المنظمات الدينية والسياسية والإنسانية للتصدي للتقارير المثيرة للقلق التي بدات في الورود  بشأن الأعمال الوحشية  الجارية بمنطقة دارفور بغرب السودان منذ عام 2003. وعلى مدى عدة سنوات، قامت تلك المنظمات برفع مستوى الوعي ونادت باتخاذ إجراءات دولية لدعم سعي الشعب السوداني من أجل تحقيق السلام ووضع حد للنظام االعنيف […]

Blog / / 11.22.19

Sanctions Strategies: How to Improve Sanctions Effectiveness with Strategic Planning

This blog post was written by Hilary Mossberg, The Sentry’s anti-money laundering expert for Africa and the author of the recent report measuring the effectiveness of sanctions in Africa. She has over a decade of experience in illicit finance and national security and was formerly a senior advisor for terrorist financing and financial crimes at […]

Blog / / 11.14.19

The Sentry and Enough Project Statement: Maximum Pressure Campaign and Diplomatic Surge Needed Now in South Sudan

Click here to download this statement. The latest postponement in South Sudan of the formation of a government of national unity for another 100 days, along with the lack of implementation of key aspects of the peace accord, demonstrates the inadequacy of current efforts to promote peace in the country. Ad hoc emergency diplomacy and […]

Blog / / 11.12.19

Important But Hidden News: Key IMF Loan to Congo Contingent on Anti-Corruption Reforms

This blog post was written by Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project. An important but under-reported piece of news on the Democratic Republic of Congo over the last few months is the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) decision not to provide a loan to the country until the Congolese government enacts key […]

Blog / / 11.07.19

Congo Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Sentenced to Harshest Ever Term by ICC. His Backers Should Also Be Held Accountable.

This blog post was written by Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project. Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda, also known as the “The Terminator,” to its harshest ever punishment: 30 years in prison. This is an appropriately strong sentence for someone who is responsible for a litany of […]

Blog / / 10.03.19

Sigal Mandelker Steps Down as U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence

The U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, has decided to step down from her position and return to the private sector. As Under Secretary, Ms. Mandelker was charged with developing and implementing U.S. government strategies to combat terrorist financing and money laundering, as well as other policies and programs to […]