News / / 07.09.21

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Browse the latest news stories from around the world featuring the The Sentry and our work countering financial crime and preventing crimes against humanity.

Press Release / / 07.09.21

South Sudan’s 10th Anniversary: “Kleptocratic leadership prioritized war and looting”

10th Anniversary of South Sudan’s Independence: The Sentry Calls for Systemic Change to Stem Corruption, Bring Accountability, and Support Peace After Years of War and Looting July 8, 2021 (Washington, DC) – Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the independence of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. Despite a peace agreement, the day arrives with little […]

Press Release / / 07.01.21

Breaking: Sentry Report Reveals Hidden Business Practices of Zimbabwean Tycoon Kudakwashe Tagwirei

Breaking Investigative Report: The Sentry Reveals Hidden Business Practices of  Zimbabwean Tycoon Kudakwashe Tagwirei Presidential Crony With Ties to South Africa, Mauritius, and the Cayman Islands Is Hiding His Wealth and Receiving Privileged Business Access July 1, 2021 (Washington, DC) – A report published today by The Sentry, “Shadows and Shell Games: Uncovering an Offshore Business Empire in […]

Press Release / / 06.14.21

Russia-Linked Wagner Group Committing Mass Atrocities Against Civilians in Central Africa

Breaking Investigative Report by CNN with The Sentry: “Looting and Killing Machine” Russia-Linked Wagner Group Committing Mass Atrocities Against Civilians in Central Africa Breaking Investigation Details Killing and Executions, Torture, Pillage, Kidnapping for Ransom, Mass Rapes, “Civilians Hunted Like Animals” Kremlin-Linked Mercenary Army on Rampage to Control Gold and Diamond Mines in the Central African […]

Press Release / / 06.14.21

Le Groupe Wagner, étroitement lié au Kremlin, commet des atrocités de masse en Afrique centrale

Un rapport d’enquête inédit par CNN avec The Sentry : « Une machine à piller et à tuer » : le Groupe Wagner, étroitement lié au Kremlin, commet des atrocités de masse sur des civils en Afrique centrale Cette enquête inédite décrit des meurtres et exécutions, des cas de torture, de pillage, d’enlèvements contre rançon et de viols collectifs : […]

Press Release / / 06.10.21

G7 Urged to Tackle Global Corruption

G7 Urged to Adopt Financial Tools of Pressure to Promote Open Societies, Tackle Corruption and Kleptocracy June 10, 2021 (London / Washington, DC) – In advance of the G7 summit beginning tomorrow, The Sentry has outlined key policy recommendations that the seven nations—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan—should adopt […]

Op-Ed / / 05.25.21

Op-ed: Conflict Minerals: Are Companies Sourcing From Conflict-Free Refiners & Smelters?

Note: This op-ed originally appeared on The Sentry’s Medium and was written by Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at The Sentry. Conflict Minerals: Are Companies Sourcing From Conflict-Free Refiners & Smelters? Independent audits on conflict minerals have been around for a decade, but are companies actually using them in their supply chain decisions? According to new research by The […]

Press Release / / 05.25.21

Sentry Co-Founder Testifies on Sanctions Before US Congress

The Sentry’s John Prendergast Testifies Before Congress on Impact of Sanctions in Africa    May 25, 2021 (Washington DC) – Today, The Sentry’s Co-Founder John Prendergast testified before the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs. The Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights hearing provided Congress with an update on the […]

Press Release / / 05.17.21

As Paris Conference on Sudan Investment Commences Today, The Sentry Releases Report on Threat of Parastatals to Civilian Transition

As Paris Conference on Sudan Investment Commences Today, The Sentry Releases Report on Threat of Parastatals to Civilian Transition May 17, 2021 (London / Washington, DC) – As French President Emmanuel Macron today convenes in Paris an international conference on investment in Sudan, The Sentry is warning of the continuing threat to a successful civilian-led […]

Press Release / / 04.27.21

Secretary Blinken Commences First “Virtual Visit” to Africa, Begins in Kenya

Secretary Blinken Commences First “Virtual Visit” to Africa The Sentry Urges Action From US, Kenya to Tackle Illicit Financial Connections to Regional Conflicts April 27, 2021 (Nairobi) – Today, US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will commence his first “virtual visit” to Africa, starting in Kenya. He will be meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet […]

Op-Ed / / 04.26.21

Op-ed: Why Are Corrupt Businesspeople Going Dutch?

Note: This op-ed originally appeared on The Sentry’s Medium and was written by Michelle Kendler-Kretsch, Investigator at The Sentry.   Corruption in Central Africa Risks Contaminating the Dutch Financial Sector Trillions of dollars in foreign money flows through the Netherlands each year. With a business-friendly tax and regulatory system, the country is a destination of choice for corporations looking to protect […]

Press Release / / 04.26.21

Breaking update: UK Sanctions Al-Cardinal

BREAKING UPDATE:  UK Sanctions Sudanese Businessman Al-Cardinal Designation Comes Today as UK Enacts New Global Anti-Corruption Regulations April 26, 2021 (London) – Today, in association with a newly enacted Global Anti-Corruption Regulation regime, the UK announced initial sanction designations including Ashraf Seed Ahmed Hussein Ali, a businessman widely known as Al-Cardinal, whose corrupt enterprises in South Sudan and UK assets […]

Press Release / / 04.26.21

Breaking: UK Launches Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations

UK Launches Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations   New international anti-corruption regime can “create a real cost for those profiting from human misery and using the UK to stash corrupt profits and enjoy luxurious lifestyles,” says The Sentry’s John Prendergast  April 26, 2021 (London) – Today, the UK launched a historic autonomous Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations regime. […]

Press Release / / 04.20.21

شخص هارب يبني هوية رجل اعمال ناجح و يحظى بدور فاعل في جنوب السودان

تقرير استقصائي من ذا سنتري: شخص هارب يبني هوية رجل اعمال ناجح و يحظى بدور فاعل في جنوب السودان يكشف التقرير الشبهات المثارة حول علاقة بالإرهاب، وأنشطة علي خليل مرعي التجارية التي تقوم على مبدأ النهب والتعاملات مع ابنة الرئيس والجنرال المفرض عليه عقوبات مؤخرًا  20 من أبريل 2021 (واشنطن العاصمة) – تقرير استقصائي جديد صادر عن فريق ذا […]

Press Release / / 04.20.21

Breaking: Sentry Report Reveals Business Tycoon in South Sudan Is One-Time Fugitive

Investigative Report by The Sentry: Fugitive Forged New Identity as Business Tycoon, Power Player in South Sudan Report Details Suspicions of Terror Links, Reveals Ali Khalil Merhi’s Predatory Business Operations, Dealings with President’s Daughter and Recently-Sanctioned General   April 20, 2021 (Washington, DC) – A new investigative report released today by The Sentry details how Ali […]

Op-Ed / / 04.15.21

Just Security Op-ed: Fighting the ‘International Thief Thief’ with Global Magnitsky Sanctions

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Just Security and was written by Brad Brooks-Rubin, General Counsel at The Sentry. This article is the second of a Just Security mini-series adapted from recent testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission regarding the reauthorization of the Global Magnitsky Act on March 24, 2021. All articles in the […]

Press Release / / 04.14.21

Dutch Postcode Lottery Announces Grant to The Sentry

Dutch Postcode Lottery Announces Grant to The Sentry €900,000 Annually For Three Years Renews Support for Investigative and Policy Work Tracking the Money of War Criminals April 14, 2021 (Amsterdam) – Today, the Dutch Postcode Lottery announced the renewal of its partnership in support of The Sentry, with a grant of €900,000 annually for three years. […]

Op-Ed / / 04.12.21

The New Humanitarian Op-ed: What the curious case of COVID prevention cards says about South Sudan’s health crisis

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The New Humanitarian and Al Jazeera, and was written by Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy at The Sentry.   At the height of the pandemic last April, I saw Facebook posts from friends and relatives in South Sudan showing top-level government officials wearing clip-on tags dubbed “virus removal cards”. The […]

Press Release / / 03.31.21

BREAKING: UN Report Highlights North Korea’s Activity in DR Congo

BREAKING: Expert Report Highlights North Korea’s Prohibited Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo UN Experts Cite Findings from The Sentry on North Korean Activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo March 31, 2021 (Washington, DC) – The 2021 final report of the UN Panel of Experts on North Korea to the UN Security Council includes and […]

Press Release / / 03.31.21

Report: Opportunity for White House to Counter Corruption in Africa

New Report by The Sentry: As White House Takes on Global Corruption, Opportunity to Counter “Greed-Fueled” War, Human Rights Abuse in Africa   March 31, 2021 (Washington, DC) – A new briefing published today by The Sentry details how the United States can expand and strategically deploy financial pressures in East and Central Africa to […]