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 […]

Press Release / / 05.09.18

John Prendergast Testifies to Congress on Sub-Saharan Africa, Urges Network Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Measures to Address War Linked to Grand Corruption

Washington, D.C. –  Today, John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry and Founding Director of the Enough Project, testified before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, in a hearing on “Protecting Civil Society, Faith-Based Actors, and Political Speech in Sub-Saharan Africa.” In his testimony, Prendergast urged the […]

Press Release / / 05.08.18

John Prendergast to Testify Before Congress on Protecting Civil Society, Faith-Based Actors, Political Speech in Sub-Saharan Africa

Washington, D.C. – John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry and Founding Director of the Enough Project, will testify tomorrow, May 9, alongside a distinguished panel of activists before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations’ hearing on “Protecting Civil Society, Faith-Based Actors, and Political Speech in Sub-Saharan Africa.” For press unable to […]

Press Release / / 05.03.18

Bank Scandal in Congo

New Revelations by The Sentry on BGFIBank DRC, Hezbollah Financier Links Washington, DC – Newly uncovered evidence published today by The Sentry reveals that BGFIBank DRC, a Congolese bank run and partly owned by members of President Joseph Kabila’s family, maintained accounts up to at least 2016 for companies with ties to terrorists. The Sentry’s investigative […]

Press Release / / 03.21.18

U.S. Takes Action against South Sudanese Public and Private Oil Entities

Latest U.S. government action will force South Sudanese government and companies to show that the country’s oil will benefit its people and not enrich corrupt elites, fuel violence Washington, DC – Today, the United States announced it was taking action against 15 South Sudanese oil-related entities “whose revenues have contributed to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan.” […]

Press Release / / 03.19.18

The Sentry Brings Aboard OFAC Corruption and Human Rights Targeting Chief Joshua White as Director of Policy and Analysis

Washington, DC – The Sentry is pleased to announce its new Director of Policy and Analysis, Joshua White. White joins The Sentry after eight years with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he was most recently the first Chief for Human Rights and Corruption in its targeting division. […]

Press Release / / 03.14.18

George Clooney & John Prendergast Urge New Approach to Peacemaking in Africa

Op-ed by The Sentry co-founders Clooney and Prendergast describes “fatal flaw” in international efforts In a new op-ed in Foreign Affairs, The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast highlight the fatal flaw in peacemaking in Africa. They warn that “without taking aggressive measures to go after the spoils that drive conflict in South Sudan and other […]

Press Release / / 03.05.18

BREAKING: Sentry Investigation Sheds Light on South Sudan’s Elites’ Use of the Country’s Oil to Fund Militias, Get Richer

Washington, DC – South Sudan’s elite is using the country’s oil wealth to get rich and terrorize civilians, according to documents reviewed in an ongoing investigation by The Sentry, an investigative initiative co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast. Little has been known about the financial machinery that makes South Sudan’s continuing war possible, but documents obtained by The […]

Press Release / / 02.13.18

Police Move to Seize South Sudanese General’s Australian Mansion Exposed in The Sentry’s “War Crimes” Report

Washington DC – The Australian Federal Police (AFP) launched proceedings last week to seize a million-dollar Melbourne mansion owned by General James Hoth Mai, former South Sudan Army Chief of Staff. The AFP pursued the case against General Hoth Mai after The Sentry’s September 2016 report, “War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction in […]