Op-Ed / / 06.11.19

George Clooney and John Prendergast in Politico: How Congress Can Help Stop the Killing in Sudan

للقراءة باللغة العربية إضغط هنا   Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Politico and was written by The Sentry’s co-founders, George Clooney and John Prendergast. Traveling throughout the Sudanese region of Darfur and neighboring refugee camps during the mid-2000s, we saw firsthand evidence of the monster the Sudanese regime had built to carry out a genocide. […]

News / / 05.23.19

The Economist: How can Uganda export so much more gold than it mines?

Deep in pits hewn from the earth dozens of teenage boys slam their hammers into the rock. Other men pan the crushed ore by hand in tubs filled with water and mercury. Uganda does not have many gold mines and most, like this one in Busia, in the east of the country, are neither sophisticated […]

Press Release / / 05.22.19

Secretive International Network Attempted to Take Over a Quarter of DR Congo’s Banking Sector

The Sentry’s latest report reveals activities of investment bank linked to former President Joseph Kabila May 22, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) – A new investigation by The Sentry reveals family members and allies of Joseph Kabila, the former President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attempted to capture stakes in three separate banks that together […]

News / / 05.20.19

PML Daily: INVESTIGATION: The boom in Uganda’s real estates, bridging opportunities for money launderers

Uganda’s unregulated and yet booming real estate sector is currently under threat, providing a haven for money laundering from foreign investors who seek to take advantage and invest illicit money in the sector. Calls on government to regulate the sector in order to curb the vice are yet to bear fruit, even as the sector […]

Press Release / South Sudan / 05.02.19

Sentry Statement on Murders of Dong Samuel and Aggrey Idri

We at The Sentry are deeply saddened and appalled by the confirmation of the murders of Dong Samuel, a prominent human rights lawyer, and Aggrey Idri, a member of the SPLM-IO. Today, we join all those who knew them and worked with them, in sending our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones. Any […]

News / / 04.20.19

de Standaard: ‘Gold is a dirty business, even if I do say so myself’

He is one of the richest people in Belgium, but many of his fellow countrymen have never heard of him. The Antwerp gold trader Alain Goetz has expanded his empire abroad, including to Uganda, but his success raises big questions. Belgian newspaper De Standaard went to gold mines where children work and saw documents that link Goetz […]

News / / 04.17.19

Reuters: South Sudan economy to rebound on oil output, peace deal, finance minister says

South Sudan will run a balanced budget this year and its economy will rebound as oil production rises and a peace deal progresses, the country’s finance minister said on Wednesday. The oil-dependent economy, ruined since civil war broke out six years ago, shrank 1.5 percent in 2018. The country relied on international donors to fill […]

News / / 04.15.19

AFP: Sudan leaders face pressure for transfer to civilian rule

Sudan’s military rulers faced pressure from demonstrators and Western governments to hand power to a new civilian government Monday, April 15, as activists warned of an attempt to disperse a 10-day-old mass protest outside army headquarters. Thousands remained camped outside the complex in Khartoum overnight after protest leaders issued demands to the military council set […]

News / / 04.15.19

Sudan Tribune: U.S. activists call for international measures to prevent capital flight from Sudan

The Sentry’s Co-Founders George Clooney and John Prendergast called for warnings by international financial institutions to prevent illicit capital flight from Sudan by the former dignitaries of al-Bashir’s regime. The two U.S. activists said this measure will provide strong international support for Sudanese people to achieve change in Sudan after 30 years of oppression by […]

Op-Ed / / 04.14.19

George Clooney and John Prendergast in The Washington Post: Sudan Needs More Than Words. It Needs Action.

العربية   Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Washington Post and was written by The Sentry’s co-founders, George Clooney and John Prendergast. For the past decade, governments around the world lined up to legitimize the regime of Omar Hassan al-Bashir in Sudan — even as it continued to attack civilians in Darfur, burn Christian churches, deny food to areas […]

News / / 04.12.19

Bloomberg: Sudan’s Dictator Is Toppled, but His Regime Remains

The ouster of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir should be a moment for celebration: one of the world’s worst villains, driven from power after waves of popular protest. Ideally, after a few weeks of house arrest spent hearing from the families of people he had tortured and murdered, he should be sent off to the International […]

News / / 04.12.19

AFP: Ibn Ouf, regime insider turned new Sudan ruler

Sudanese General Awad Ibn Ouf, who led the overthrow of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir and has emerged as the country’s new ruler, is already under US sanctions for his alleged role in the brutal Darfur conflict. In a sombre televised statement on Thursday, Ibn Ouf announced the ouster of Bashir, who ruled the northeast African […]

News / / 04.12.19

CNN International: Sudan in crisis

CNNi talks to human rights activist John Prendergast of the Enough Project about events in Sudan. Click here to watch the video on CNN.com.

News / / 04.12.19

New York Times: Sudan General Steps Down as Transitional Leader a Day After al-Bashir’s Ouster

Only one day after Sudan’s longtime autocratic ruler, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, was ousted by his own defense minister — a close ally — the defense minister announced on state television that he was stepping down as head of the transitional government and would be replaced by yet another military leader. The move was seen […]

Press Release / / 04.11.19

George Clooney and John Prendergast: Statement on Events in Sudan

After months of protests in Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir has been ousted by the country’s military. George Clooney and John Prendergast, Co-Founders of The Sentry, said: “The people of Sudan have been waiting for this day for a long time, but it is only a tentative first step towards real change. The general who has taken over […]

Op-Ed / / 04.04.19

Just Security Op-ed: Beyond Sanctioning Elusive War Criminals, Prosecute the Profiteers

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Just Security and was written by Holly Dranginis, Senior Legal Analyst at The Sentry.  Bidibidi is the world’s second-largest refugee camp. A sea of tents and huts spilling into Uganda from its northern border, the settlement now hosts more than a quarter million South Sudanese seeking safety from a range of horrors in their country, […]

Press Release / / 04.04.19

“Prosecute the Profiteers” New Report on Following the Money to Support War Crimes Accountability

April 4, 2019 (Washington, D.C.) – In a new report released today, The Sentry highlights the pervasive role of profiteers and financiers in the perpetration of atrocities, pointing to critical omissions in the ways those crimes are prosecuted. The report details how commercial actors consistently enjoy impunity for their roles in some of the world’s […]

Press Release / / 04.02.19

Alert on Sudan Warns of Severe Risks of Money Laundering, Terror Financing

Urgent Report Exposes Dangerous Failures by the Bashir Regime to Comply with International Anti-Corruption Standards Washington, D.C. – A new alert released today by The Sentry warns of the severe risks for money laundering, terrorist financing, and other criminal activity in the Sudanese financial system. The Sentry Alert, “Sudan’s Anti-Corruption Whitewash: The Bashir Regime’s Hollow Commitment to […]

News / / 03.24.19

East African: With zero Senators, DRC president faces litmus test of legitimacy

The legitimacy of Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi is being tested following the failure of his party to win a single Senate seat, and the decision by the US to impose sanctions on electoral officials who presided over his victory. On March 22, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions […]

Press Release / / 03.21.19

BREAKING: U.S. Sanctions Top Congolese Election Officials

Français Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned three senior Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) officials. OFAC designated three senior Congolese election commission (CENI) officials: Corneille Yobeluo Nangaa, CENI President; Norbert Basengezi Katintima, CENI Vice-President; and Katintima’s son, Marcellin Basengezi Mukolo, a high-level CENI […]