News / / 10.16.17

Fox News: Congo bank helped Hezbollah-linked company avoid US sanctions, report says

One of the most prominent banks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo may have been diverting assets to enable financiers of terrorism avoid U.S. sanctions, an explosive new report says. The report, entitled “The Terrorists’ Treasury,” was published Monday by The Sentry, an initiative of actor George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast. It raises […]

Press Release / / 10.16.17

Bank Linked to Congolese President’s Brother Enabled Hezbollah Financiers to Bust U.S. Sanctions

New investigative report by The Sentry puts spotlight on a “Terrorists’ Treasury” in the Democratic Republic of Congo Washington, DC – A new investigative report released today by The Sentry, an investigative initiative co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, spotlights a global web of financial transactions in which a well-connected bank enabled a financier […]

Op-Ed / / 10.13.17

Foreign Affairs Op-ed: A Worsening Crisis in Congo

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Foreign Affairs and was written by John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry, and Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project. For the last two decades, fighting has plagued the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in 5.4 million deaths, rampant corruption, and one of the highest rates of […]

News / / 10.13.17

AP: Oil-rich South Sudan faces fuel shortage as ‘people suffer

“In September there was no fuel anywhere,” Samson Kamuya says. The exhausted 45-year-old hangs his head. He’s been waiting four days at a gas station in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, to no avail. Wedged among hundreds of cars, trucks and desperate civilians carrying empty jerry cans, he says the fuel situation is unlike anything he’s […]

Press Release / / 09.06.17

U.S. Sanctions Senior South Sudanese Generals, Top Officials and Their Networks

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned three major South Sudanese leaders, placing Deputy Chief of Defense Staff Lieutenant General Malek Reuben Riak, General Paul Malong, and Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth, as well as three companies linked to them on its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List. The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network […]

Op-Ed / / 08.30.17

Le Monde Tribune : Soudan du Sud : « Les profiteurs de guerre doivent payer le prix fort »

Selon le chercheur Ruben de Koning, il faut prendre des mesures contre les entreprises, les banques et les Etats qui permettent aux responsables de violences de s’enrichir. Malek Reuben Riak, puissant général sud-soudanais, est impliqué dans la planification et l’exécution d’une des opérations militaires les plus violentes de la guerre civile actuelle – c’est son travail quotidien. […]

Press Release / / 08.14.17

Senators Corker and Coons to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: Deploy Financial Tools to End Corrupt Behavior of South Sudanese Leaders

In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) detail the necessary steps the Treasury Department should take on South Sudan to “cut off the free flow of resources to the political and military elites, their families and associates.” The Enough Project applauds Senators […]

Op-Ed / / 07.06.17

TIME Op-ed: An American Lobbying Firm is Helping Sudan’s Vile Regime

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in TIME and was written by The Sentry co-founders George Clooney and John Prendergast. Earlier this summer, K Street law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs inked a contract with the Sudanese government aimed at removing U.S. sanctions on that regime. The firm will be paid $40,000 a month by a government that’s on the U.S. […]

News / / 06.01.17

Sudan Tribune: S. Sudanese army general embezzled millions: report

A senior South Sudanese army official used his position to accumulate millions of dollars through personal business dealing while facilitating a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions, a Washington-based group said. The Sentry said Lt. Gen. Malek Reuben Riak, South Sudan army (SPLA) deputy chief of defence force for […]

News / / 06.01.17

RFI: Soudan du Sud: les pratiques douteuses d’un général de l’armée

« Se créer une fortune en créant une famine », c’est le titre d’une enquête publiée ce mercredi 31 mai par The Sentry, l’équipe d’investigation du collectif américain Enough Project, qui lutte pour la fin des conflits en Afrique. Le collectif y met en lumière les pratiques financières et commerciales douteuses d’un général de l’armée […]

News / / 06.01.17

DPA: NGO Accuses South Sudanese General Of Amassing Fortune During War

A top South Sudanese army general has amassed a fortune through questionable business deals while his country is facing war and famine, a non-governmental organization said on Wednesday. Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Malek Reuben Riak has offshored millions of dollars through deals in energy, construction and explosives, said The Sentry, which investigates the financing […]

News / / 06.01.17

El Pais: Los militares de Sudán del Sur se lucran con la hambruna

Más de 100.000 personas se mueren de hambre. Millones no saben qué (o si) comerán mañana. Es Sudán del Sur, un país devastado por la necesidad y la violencia (o al revés). Y mientras tanto, algunos generales y altos cargos, que dirigen lo que una comisión de Naciones Unidas ha calificado de “depuración étnica” organizada, se forran. […]

News / / 05.31.17 South Sudanese Military Leader Accused of Corruption and Money Laundering

A top commander in South Sudan’s People’s Liberation Army managed to embezzle and launder millions from the world’s youngest state with the help of a U.S. dollar-denominated account, a global advocacy group claimed in a report Wednesday. Using his influence to steer commerce towards private companies under his control, Lieutenant General Malek Reuben Riak allegedly […]

News / / 05.31.17

Romsdals Budstikke: Rapport: Sørsudansk general har tjent en formue under krigen

Samtidig som befolkningen står overfor den verste hungerkatastrofen i nyere historie, skapte visesjefen for forsvarsstaben Malek Reuben Riak seg en formue, hevder organisasjonen i en fersk rapport. En av The Sentrys grunnleggere er John Prendergast, en internasjonalt anerkjent Sudan-ekspert. I rapporten «Making a Fortune While Making a Famine» hevder organisasjonen at Reuben har sendt millioner […]

News / / 05.31.17

Voice of America: South Sudan General Accused of Using Position to Gain Millions

top South Sudan army official has used his position to accumulate millions of dollars through his personal business, while helping to orchestrate a conflict that has resulted in famine, according to a new report by a Washington-based human rights group. Lt. Gen. Malek Reuben Riak, the SPLA’s deputy chief of defense force for operations, accumulated […]

Press Release / South Sudan / 05.31.17

BREAKING REPORT: South Sudan General Stores Fortune in International Banks, as Half the Nation Starves

The Sentry’s new investigative report spotlights documents indicating top army general has amassed a fortune through questionable deals in energy, construction and explosives; U.N. says same general is partly behind violence in Unity state that led to famine May 31, 2017 — A new investigative report released today by The Sentry, “Making a Fortune While Making a Famine,” reveals […]

Op-Ed / / 05.25.17

Wall Street Journal Op-ed: Let the Private Sector Help Tackle the Migration Crisis

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal and was written by The Sentry’s co-founder George Clooney. As the most powerful leaders in the world gather in Sicily this week for the annual Group of Seven Summit, they will address today’s most pressing challenges. The list is daunting—terrorism, famine, geopolitical instability and uncontrolled immigration, to name a […]

News / / 05.10.17

Huffington Post: Why South Sudan’s Leaders Are Fueling The Implosion Of Their Own Country

… A scathing report from Washington-based rights group The Sentry following a two-year investigation offers insight as to why the imploding nation is resisting outside help and seemingly exacerbating its own crisis. It concludes that top government officials have orchestrated, perpetuated and exploited the chaos in South Sudan to accumulate vast fortunes by looting billions of dollars from […]

Press Release / / 04.26.17

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing today: The Sentry’s Brad Brooks-Rubin Testifies in Congress on Sudan Sanctions

Washington, D.C. (April 26, 2016) –  Today, The Sentry and Enough Project’s Brad Brooks-Rubin testified before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations’ hearing on “The Questionable Case for Easing Sudan Sanctions.” In his testimony, Brooks-Rubin called on Congress to adopt legislation that ties a new […]

Press Release / / 04.24.17

House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing This Wednesday: The Sentry’s Brad Brooks-Rubin to Testify in Congress on Sudan Sanctions

Washington, D.C. (April 24, 2017) – Brad Brooks-Rubin, Policy Director at The Sentry and Policy Advisor at the Enough Project, will testify this Wednesday, April 26, 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 “The Questionable Case for Easing Sudan Sanctions.” For […]