Letters / / 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 […]

Letters / / 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 […]

Letters / / 03.23.21

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 […]

Letters / / 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 […]

Letters / / 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 […]

Letters / / 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: […]

Letters / / 02.02.21

Letter: 30 Congolese and International Groups Urge US to Revoke Dan Gertler License

30 Congolese and International Human Rights Groups Urge US Treasury to Revoke Gertler License   February 2, 2021 (Worldwide) – The Sentry today joined 14 Congolese and 15 international human rights, anti-corruption, and humanitarian NGOs urging US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to immediately reverse a last-minute secret action by […]

Letters / / 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 […]

Letters / / 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 […]