News / / 01.16.20

AFP: 3-D chess with ex-presidents back in war-torn C.Africa ahead of polls

The unexpected return of two former presidents to the Central African Republic, the main figures in a civil war that still bloodies the country despite an 11-month-old peace accord, has set the stage for high-stakes political chess ahead of elections in December. Francois Bozize, who is under an international arrest warrant for his role in […]

News / / 01.15.20

AFP: En Centrafrique, un billard à trois bandes lourd de périls à un an de la présidentielle

Le retour inattendu de deux anciens présidents centrafricains, principaux initiateurs d’une guerre civile qui perdure – François Bozizé et celui qui l’a renversé en 2013, Michel Djotodia – laisse augurer une âpre partie de billard à trois bandes avec l’actuel chef de l’Etat Faustin-Archange Touadéra à un an de la présidentielle. Nombre d’observateurs voient dans le […]

News / / 01.09.20

The Brief: Why US sanctioned South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai

The United States Department of Treasury on Wednesday sanctioned South Sudanese First Vice President Taban Deng Gai for “his involvement in serious human rights abuse, including the disappearance and deaths of civilians.” The move seeks to pressure the country’s politicians to form a unity government. According to the Treasury, Gai arranged and directed the alleged […]

News / / 01.09.20

BBC World Service: BBC Newsday 09 Jan 2020

On January 9th 2020, The Sentry’s Director of Investigations J.R. Mailey was interviewed by BBC World Service regarding the sanctioning of Taban Deng Gai, South Sudan’s First Vice President. Click here to listen to the interview (begins at minute 4:41).

News / / 01.08.20

Associated Press: US Sanctions South Sudan’s Vice President Over Abuses

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, citing his involvement in serious human rights abuses. It is one of the sharpest actions taken by the U.S. against South Sudan’s government amid Washington’s frustration over the country’s failure to achieve a stable peace after its civil war. […]

News / / 01.08.20

The Daily Nation: US sanctions South Sudan vice president over human rights

The US on Wednesday imposed sanctions on South Sudan’s first vice-president Taban Deng Gai for his involvement in serious violations of human  rights “including the disappearance and death of civilians.” The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it is penalising Mr Gai for his hand in silencing critics, including […]

News / / 01.08.20

Voice of America: VOA Daybreak

On January 8th 2020, The Sentry’s Managing Director Brad Brooks-Rubin was interviewed by Voice of America regarding the sanctioning of Taban Deng Gai, South Sudan’s First Vice President. Click here to listen to the interview (begins at minute 5:18).

News / / 01.07.20

The East African: Food insecure South Sudan banks on oil money for agriculture

South Sudan is banking on oil monies to revive its stalled agriculture and save its population from perennial dependence on food imports and relief supplies. The new plan, announced last week by President Salva Kiir, seeks to tap into the earnings from oil and reinvest it into agricultural production. It is part of efforts for […]

News / / 12.26.19

Associated Press: Sudan’s Christians enjoy holiday amid hope for new freedoms

The Sudanese Christian marchers weaved through bustling markets and traffic-clogged streets wearing “I Love Jesus” T-shirts or colorful traditional robes known as thobes. “Glory to God in the highest. And on Earth, peace, goodwill toward men,” a speaker said. Hymns blared and chants of “hallelujah” intermingled with loud, emotion-filled cries of celebration. Passersby and merchants […]

News / / 12.22.19

The Independent: ‘It’s our biggest employer’: How a lucrative war in Yemen fuels conflict in Darfur 2,000km away

You can earn more money fighting in Yemen for six months than in a lifetime. This adage rages through the streets of Darfur, Sudan’s conflict-ridden western region, where a ruinous war more than 2,000km away in Yemen has become the country’s “biggest local employer”. Everyone knows someone who has signed up. For nearly five years […]

News / / 12.17.19

The Independent: Genocide, gold and foreign wars: Sudan’s most feared commander speaks out

The messaging was clear as soon as Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo entered the room. Clad in a traditional white jalabiya, or tunic, and headdress, Sudan’s most powerful man known “as Hemedti” looked more like the camel trader he once was, rather than the chief of a paramilitary force accused of raping and killing protesters in Khartoum and committing genocidal violence in Darfur. It was a careful […]

News / / 12.16.19

Daily Nation: Kiir and Machar threat to efforts for lasting peace in South Sudan

A fortnight ago, the United States recalled its ambassador to South Sudan, Mr Thomas Hushek, after President Salva Kiir and Opposition leader Riek Machar failed to form a revitalised unity government as they had agreed. As the November 12 deadline approached, the two leaders, meeting in Kampala, announced that they had extended the implementation of […]

News / / 12.16.19

Sudan Tribune: U.S. sanctions South Sudan’s Defense, Cabinet Affairs ministers over peace

The United States government has imposed individual sanctions on two South Sudanese officials for expanding or extending the country’s conflict. The U.S. Treasury, in a statement issued on Monday, said the Cabinet Affairs minister, Martin Elia Lomuro and his Defence and Veteran Affairs counterpart, Kuol Manyang Juuk are obstructing the peace process. Click here to read […]

News / / 12.16.19

Voice of America: US Slaps Sanctions on 5 South Sudanese

The U.S. Treasury has imposed sanctions on five South Sudanese nationals for their alleged roles in the abduction and execution of two prominent critics of President Salva Kiir’s government nearly three years ago. South Sudan’s government has repeatedly denied responsibility for the disappearance of human rights lawyer Dong Samuel Luak and Aggrey Idri, a member […]

News / / 12.13.19

Sudan Tribune: Delist Sudan from terror list but prepare sanctions against spoilers: U.S. groups

Two U.S. groups have called to accelerate the ongoing process for delisting Sudan from the State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) list but called for targeted sanctions on those who might obstruct peace and democratic reforms. In a joint statement issued on Friday, the U.S. watchdog group The Sentry and U.S. advocacy group Enough Project said […]

News / / 12.13.19

New York Times: Sudan’s Ousted Leader Is Sentenced to Two Years for Corruption

For almost three decades, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ruled Sudan with a heavy fist, jailing opponents and former allies, overseeing the bloody suppression of the Darfur region and squashing protests that dared to challenge his regime. But on Saturday, Mr. al-Bashir, 75, was convicted of money laundering and corruption and sentenced to two years in […]

News / / 12.11.19

The Independent: ‘It’s like Bashir is still here’: Inside war-ravaged Darfur where deadly violence is killing the revolution

The men in black masks and khaki uniforms arrived in the middle of the night. They set fire to homes with people still inside them. They separated girls from their parents and raped them. They shot dead an old man who tried to defend his daughters. With a disarming absence of emotion, Fatima Nour, 30, […]

News / / 12.10.19

Associated Press: US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists. In a statement on Tuesday the U.S. Treasury said South Sudan’s government has repeatedly used “extrajudicial killings as a means to silence dissent, limit freedom of […]

News / / 12.06.19

Atlantic Council: Navigating Sudan’s Transition: A Conversation with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok

One hundred days into his tenure as Prime Minister of Sudan, H.E. Dr. Abdalla Hamdok is poised to be the first Sudanese head of government to be welcomed by US officials in Washington since 1985. Determined to deliver on the public demand of “Freedom, Peace, and Justice,” Prime Minister Hamdok must confront significant structural and […]

News / / 12.05.19

BBC World Service: Suliman Baldo interview with BBC Newsday

Click here to listen to the interview on Sudan with Suliman Baldo, Senior Advisor to the Enough Project.