Press Release / / 12.14.18

U.S. Treasury Sanctions Entities for Their Role in South Sudan’s Devastating Conflict

Washington, DC –  The Sentry welcomes the announcement today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it has sanctioned three individuals, Gregory Vasili, Israel Ziv, and Obac William Olawo, for their roles in South Sudan’s conflict.  Six entities owned or controlled by two of the aforementioned individuals were […]

Press Release / / 11.13.18

“Fear, Inc.” New Investigative Report Exposes Billion Dollar Business Built on Atrocities and War in the Central African Republic

Washington, D.C. – In its newest report released today, The Sentry details the violent ascent of a war profiteer in the Central African Republic (CAR), and the role he and other criminal entrepreneurs, both foreign and domestic, have played in driving a country into a morass of war, poverty, and pervasive terror. The report, “Fear, […]

Press Release / / 11.13.18

“Le règne de la terreur” Un nouveau rapport d’enquête met en lumière comment les violences et la guerre génèrent des centaines de millions de dollars en République centrafricaine

Washington, D.C. – Dans son dernier rapport publié aujourd’hui, The Sentry suit l’ascension violente d’un profiteur de guerre en République centrafricaine (RCA). Relié en réseau avec des entrepreneurs criminels tant étrangers que nationaux, ce seigneur de guerre contribue à prolonger l’état de guerre et de misère. Le rapport d’enquête intitulé « Le règne de la terreur : […]

Press Release / / 10.24.18

The Sentry Exposes Pervasive Risks, Political Control in South Sudan Banking Sector

Washington, D.C. – A new investigative report by The Sentry details how a set of banks has been hijacked for the personal benefit of leaders, powerful officials, and other “Politically-Exposed Persons” (PEPs, ie current or former senior foreign political figures, their immediate family, and their close associates). The report, “Banking on War: Ending the abuse […]

Press Release / / 10.18.18

The Golden Laundromat: Conflict Gold May Be Entering US Through Gold Trading Network – New Investigation

New investigative report by The Sentry raises serious concerns that gold mined from conflict areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo may wind up in the supply chains of 283 U.S. publicly listed companies, including Amazon, Sony, and General Electric, through a global gold trading corporate network controlled by Belgian tycoon Alain Goetz. Washington, DC […]

Press Release / / 10.16.18

UN Security Council Takes Aim at Conflict Linked to Natural Resources

Experts call for serious financial consequences, including network sanctions and anti-money laundering measures Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.N. Security Council held a session on the role of natural resources as a root cause of conflict. John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project and Co-Founder of The Sentry, said: “Today’s session at the United Nations […]

Press Release / / 10.09.18

Investigative Alert by The Sentry Points to South Sudan’s Neighbors’ Role in Devastating Conflict

New documentary film features The Sentry’s findings, explores corrupt links between South Sudan’s civil war and officials and businesses in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia Washington, DC – A new investigative Africa Uncensored documentary, “The Profiteers,” featuring in part The Sentry’s investigative findings, explores linkages between South Sudan’s civil war and the operations of businesspeople, financial institutions, and […]

Press Release / / 09.14.18

New Investigative Report Raises Red Flags for Upcoming Elections in DR Congo

Report by The Sentry warns of indicators of serious technical flaws, signs of corruption and inappropriate interference by Congo’s election commission that could undermine a free and fair election Washington, DC – A new investigative report published today by The Sentry, “Delays and Red Flags: Elections in DR Congo,” explores allegations of corruption throughout the Democratic Republic […]

Press Release / / 09.10.18

John Prendergast Briefs Security Council in First-Ever Session on Corruption and Conflict, Calls for New and Robust Financial Actions to Support Peace

United Nations Headquarters, New York – Today, the U.N. Security Council held its first-ever session on the critical connection between corruption and conflict. John Prendergast, Founding Director at the Enough Project and Co-Founder of The Sentry, and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres were the two featured speakers at the historic briefing. Click here for full remarks by John […]

Press Release / / 09.06.18

John Prendergast to Address UN Security Council in First-Ever Session on Nexus Between Corruption and Conflict

The Sentry’s Co-Founder Joins UN Secretary-General Guterres in Historic Session as United States Takes the Council Presidency Washington, D.C. – On Monday, September 10, the United Nations Security Council will hold its first-ever session on the critical connection between corruption and conflict. John Prendergast, Founding Director at the Enough Project and Co-Founder of The Sentry, will […]

Press Release / / 08.15.18

South Sudanese General Travels to China Despite UN Travel Ban

Washington, D.C. – Inquiries by The Sentry have just revealed that General Gabriel Jok Riak, South Sudan’s top military commander, likely traveled in violation of his UN travel ban. The Sentry has now been able to confirm that General Jok Riak did not receive an official waiver from the UN when he visited China last month for the first China-Africa Defense & Security Forum. Jok Riak was […]

Press Release / / 08.14.18

New Report: DR Congo’s Efforts to Counter Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Found Inadequate

Congo’s rampant illicit finance problems put the international financial system at risk, as corrupt actors and criminals take advantage of the country’s weak law enforcement Washington, D.C. – A new report published today by The Sentry reveals that the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s efforts to counter money laundering and terrorist financing are inadequate. The report comes at a […]

Press Release / / 07.13.18

South Sudan: U.N. Security Council Votes for Arms Embargo, Renews Sanctions, Designates Two More Individuals

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution to renew the South Sudan sanctions regime and for an arms embargo until May 31, 2019. The Security Council also designated two individuals: Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army, and Malek Ruben Riak, former Deputy Chief of Staff […]

Press Release / / 07.11.18

As African Union Marks Anti-Corruption Day, Action is Needed to Counter Kleptocratic Networks

Washington, D.C. – Today, the African Union marks the 2018 Anti-Corruption Day, an opportunity for the AU to show leadership to address the catastrophic role of corruption in the worst conflicts on the continent. The ongoing deadly crises across many parts of Africa require urgent action from the AU. In particular, the AU should use […]

Press Release / / 06.20.18

New Investigative Report: Security Vulnerabilities in Electronic Voting Technology Underscore Lack of Transparency in DR Congo’s Electoral Process

As President Kabila weighs running for an illegal third term, his regime’s electoral commission seeks purchase of 105,000 electronic voting machines with potentially severe security and privacy vulnerabilities. Voting machines made by same South Korean firm were rejected by Argentina Washington, D.C. – A new investigative report published today by The Sentry reveals potential vulnerabilities in the […]

Press Release / / 06.15.18

New U.S. Treasury Sanctions on Entities Affiliated with Gertler Critical for Addressing Violent Corruption in Congo

Washington D.C. – The Sentry and the Enough Project welcome the announcement today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it has sanctioned 14 entities pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which targets serious human rights abuse and corruption, for being affiliated with Israeli businessman and billionaire Dan Gertler. John Prendergast, […]

Press Release / / 06.13.18

Remarks by John Prendergast During Nairobi Press Event with U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Mandelker

Remarks by John Prendergast, Co-Founder, The Sentry Press Event with Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury Nairobi | June 13, 2018 In my short introductory remarks, I’m going to try to quickly answer six important questions: 1. WHY DOES SOUTH SUDAN MATTER TO KENYA? The government and […]

Press Release / / 06.12.18

The Sentry Urges Kenyan and Ugandan Authorities to Target Real Estate Connected to South Sudan Officials

As U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Mandelker meets with officials and banks in Nairobi to urge action against corruption and money laundering linked to war in South Sudan, properties of concern identified in The Sentry’s 2016 report have still not faced official investigations by Kenya or Uganda Washington, D.C. – In a new brief released today, The Sentry […]

Press Release / / 06.12.18

New FinCEN Advisory Focuses on Essential Links between Corrupt Networks and Human Rights Abuses

Washington D.C. –  Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a new Advisory, Advisory on Human Rights Abuses Enabled by Corrupt Senior Foreign Political Figures and their Financial Facilitators, which focuses financial institutions on the urgent need to investigate and target the actions of corrupt Senior Politically Exposed Persons and their networks […]

Press Release / / 06.10.18

The Sentry Welcomes Treasury Under Secretary’s Historic Trip to Sub-Saharan Africa; Represents Critical Opportunity for Impact on Urgent Crises

Serious financial pressure with meaningful consequences is not only possible but critically necessary to counter violent kleptocracy, protect human rights and end conflict Washington, D.C. – The Sentry and the Enough Project welcome U.S. Department of the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker’s upcoming trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The Under Secretary is […]