Op-Ed / / 02.20.17

Guardian: British banks are go-betweens in global conflict. This can be stopped

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Guardian and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. Almost a year ago, the UK government convened a global summit to commit to fighting corruption. The final communiqué from the governments involved summed up their historic intentions: “We want to send a clear signal to the […]

Op-Ed / / 12.24.16

Daily Beast: South Sudan Is on the Cusp of Genocide—It Can Be Stopped, If We Care

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Daily Beast and was written by The Sentry co-founder John Prendergast. It is a symbol of how broken the international response system is to genocide and mass atrocities that after nearly three years of fratricidal war, and more recently of flashing neon warnings by normally circumspect United Nations officials […]

Op-Ed / / 11.21.16

The Economist Op-ed: Stop the Cash, Stop the Conflict

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Economist and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. The world’s newest country, South Sudan, could have been holding its first free elections in 2017. Instead, it faces another year of strife. In the latest phase of the cyclical conflict that has plagued its people […]

News / / 09.24.16

Washington Post: South Sudan’s top-down disaster

The results of a two-year investigation into kleptocracy in South Sudan, published this month by a group called the Sentry, lifts the veil on widespread plundering of the young nation by its leaders. The investigationfound that family members of top officials often live abroad in multimillion-dollar mansions, stay in five-star hotels, reap the benefits of shady […]

News / / 09.22.16

Africa Confidential: Salva and Riek on the Dock

Two detailed reports last week on corruption and rights abuses by the Juba government and its adversaries could reinvigorate the peace agreement signed over a year ago. An investigation by a United Nations Panel of Experts (PoE), still unpublished, is uncharacteristically forthright in its criticism, particularly of the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Click […]

News / / 09.19.16

Observer: South Sudanese generals splash money in Uganda

As thousands are killed, maimed and displaced by the war in South Sudan, the leaders at the centre of the conflict are reaping financially, reveals a new report released The Sentry, a corruption investigator in Africa. The report written chronicles in great detail how South Sudanese leaders are profiteering from the ongoing civil war, which […]

News / / 09.18.16

Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace: George Clooney on exposing corruption in South Sudan

Actor and activist is trying to stop the violence and profiteering in the world’s newest nation. Watch the video on Fox News.

News / / 09.18.16

Sudan Tribune: Kenya bank linked to money laundering from South Sudan

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) has been linked to the ongoing money laundering by corrupt government officials in South Sudan, including senior military leaders sanctioned by the United Nations in the wake of the civil war which erupted in December 2013. The US-based The Sentry organization in its report released in Washington after a two-year investigation […]

News / / 09.18.16

Fox News Insider: Clooney: Ending South Sudan’s Corruption is Important to US Nat’l Sec.

“South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, with an age old problem: massive corruption,” Chris Wallace said on Fox News Sunday. The president of the new nation—established in 2011—is Salva Kiir Mayardit. Kiir and his surrogates are battling with former vice president Riek Machar Teny over the nation’s wealth. Click here to read the full article.

News / / 09.17.16

CNBC Africa: South Sudan: Actor George Clooney vs the Kleptocrats

On Monday, September 12, The Sentry, an organisation set up by US actor George Clooney and rights activist John Prendergast, published a report detailing the extent of corruption by South Sudan’s political elite. President Salva Kiir’s supporters were quick to denounce the allegations as “rubbish”, but the protestations will fall on deaf ears: few doubt […]

News / / 09.17.16

PBS Newshour: South Sudan leader denies getting rich off civil war

South Sudan’s president on Saturday condemned a human rights group report that alleges he and other top members of the government have profited from the country’s three-year civil war that has killed thousands of citizens. The group, The Sentry, which was co-founded by actor George Clooney, accused South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir of enriching himself […]

News / / 09.17.16

East African: South Sudan elites wined and dined as the country burned

On the night of February 17, a United Nations base in Malakal, South Sudan, sheltering about 47,000 displaced persons, was engulfed in violence that left at least 30 people dead and much of the camp in ashes. Of the deaths, almost half were women and children. Around the same time, 200 kilometres away in Juba, […]

News / / 09.16.16

BBC: South Sudan refugees reach one million mark

Fighting that broke out in the capital, Juba, in July is responsible for the latest surge in those fleeing, it says. More than 1.6 million people are also displaced within South Sudan, meaning about 20% of the population have been made homeless since December 2013. A fragile peace deal signed last year is on the […]

News / / 09.15.16

Der Spiegel: Die Villen der Warlords

Der Bürgerkrieg im Südsudan ist an Grausamkeit kaum zu überbieten: Menschen werden in Frachtcontainer gesperrt und zum Sterben in die sengende Sonne gestellt. Plünderungen, Vergewaltigungen und Vernichtung von Wohnhäusern sind Mittel des Krieges. Und für 5,2 Millionen Menschen – also für jeden zweiten Südsudanesen – ist Hunger eine lebensbedrohliche Gefahr, warnt die Uno. Click here15 to […]

News / / 09.15.16

International Business Times: 3 things we learned about South Sudan leaders profiteering from civil war

A high profile report detailing a network of alleged corruption in South Sudan emerged earlier this week, accusing South Sudanese senior hierarchy of profiteering from the civil war. The 66-page report was released by Sentry, an investigative organisation founded by the US actor George Clooney and the rights activist John Prendergast. It presented evidence of […]

News / / 09.14.16

Reuters: South Sudanese Authorities Close Prominent Newspaper

South Sudan’s authorities have shut down a prominent newspaper, the Nation Mirror, the editor said Wednesday, after it published details of a report released by a U.S.-based group alleging misuse of state funds by the nation’s leaders. The authorities did not give a reason for closing the paper, which prints about 2,500 copies daily and […]

News / / 09.14.16

Associated Press: South Sudan newspaper shut down after corruption report

A South Sudan newspaper says the government ordered its shutdown the day it published a front-page story on a U.S.-based watchdog group’s investigation into corruption by top officials. An editor of The Nation Mirror, Aurelius Simon Choiee, said Wednesday that the National Security Service did not give a reason for the shutdown. The nationwide publication […]

News / / 09.14.16

FCPA Blog: George Clooney on South Sudan: War crimes shouldn’t pay

FCPA Today reported Wednesday that George Clooney’s anti-corruption initiative called The Sentry released a report about war profiteering and kleptocracy in South Sudan. Click here to read the full article.

News / / 09.14.16

Guardian: South Sudanese general paid $1.5m for Melbourne home, says war profiteering report

A former South Sudanese army general has been thrown into the spotlight after it was revealed he paid $1.5m for a home in Melbourne’s south-east despite earning just A$60,000 a year. The revelation comes in the first report released by the Sentry, an investigative organisation founded by the US actor George Clooney and the rights […]

News / / 09.13.16

ABC (Australia): South Sudan report driven by George Clooney and Don Cheadle alleges profiteering by leaders

A two-year undercover investigation by The Sentry Group, founded by Clooney and fellow activist John Prendergast, found President Salva Kiir, former vice-president Riek Machar and military generals made fortunes while being paid modest government salaries. “They’re stealing the money to fund their militias to attack and kill one another,” Clooney said. “The evidence is thorough, […]