Press Release / / 10.19.20

Breaking: U.S. to Remove Sudan from State Sponsor of Terrorism List

Breaking: U.S. to Remove Sudan from State Sponsor of Terrorism List Experts at The Sentry Welcome SST Delisting as Important Step, Call for Further Reforms to Address Bashir Regime Legacy of Entrenched Corruption and Illicit Financial Flows October 19, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, the White House announced via a tweet from President Trump the removal of […]

Op-Ed / / 10.19.20

Project Syndicate Op-ed: Justice in a Hijacked State

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Project Syndicate and was written by John Prendergast, Co-Founder of The Sentry, and Nathalia Dukhan, Senior Investigator at The Sentry. It’s also available to read in French or Portuguese on the Project Syndicate website. The international community has long favored trying to cajole the Central African Republic’s warring parties into doing […]

Press Release / / 10.19.20

Sentry Report: France vs. Russia Proxy War in Central African Republic

New Report by The Sentry, “State of Prey”: Battle Over Diamonds, Gold, and US Dollars as France vs. Russia Proxy War Breaks Out in the Central African Republic   Facing a Corruption-Riven Election, Foreign Election Interference, Political Exploitation of COVID-19, and an Onslaught of Foreign and Domestic Profiteers, CAR Becomes a Hotbed for Organized Crime, […]

Press Release / / 10.19.20

Sentry Rapport : Un combat pour les diamants, l’or et les dollars sur fond de guerre par procuration entre la France et la Russie en Centrafrique

The Sentry publie son dernier rapport d’enquête, « État de prédation »: Un combat pour les diamants, l’or et les dollars sur fond de guerre par procuration entre la France et la Russie en Centrafrique   Face à des élections minées par la corruption, l’ingérence des puissances étrangères dans le processus électoral, l’exploitation politique de la Covid-19 […]

News / / 10.01.20

Voice of America: Alleged North Korean Sanctions Violations in DRC Draw Scrutiny

Business and banking dealings by North Koreans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo appear to violate numerous international sanctions, according to watchdog groups who say Pyongyang is taking advantage of the DRC’s lax bank system. A report in August by Sentry, a Washington D.C.-based organization that tracks money which finances conflict in Africa found that […]

News / / 09.24.20

PanAfricanVisions: South Sudan government officials embezzled $36M in last four years: UN panel says

The United Nations Human Rights Commission has said South Sudan’s high – ranking politicians and bureaucrats siphoned off at least $36 million in public funds since 2016. Wednesday’s report by the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan came six days after President Salva Kiir fired the country’s finance minister, the acting head of the National […]

News / / 09.24.20

JCK: How the FinCEN Leaks May Affect the Jewelry Business

This week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) announced it had received a massive leak of thousands of suspicious activity reports (SARs) submitted to the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). The ICIJ reports mostly target banks, which it charges have turned a blind eye to billions in suspect money transfers. However, the revelations could […]

News / / 09.21.20

Human Rights Watch: Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-Based Groups, Legal Professionals, Experts, and Former Government Officials Unequivocally Oppose U.S. Sanctions Against the International Criminal Court

The undersigned organizations and individuals write to express grave concerns and unequivocally oppose the Trump administration’s use of the sanctions authority of the United States to attack the International Criminal Court (ICC), an independent judicial institution dedicated to combatting impunity for the gravest crimes known to humanity… Click here to read the signed letter. 

News / / 09.20.20

STAND Podcast: Democratic Republic of Congo Series Episodes 6 + 7

Have you ever wondered what your phone is made of? What kind of journey it made before reaching your hands? In the last two episodes of our podcast series on the Democratic Republic of Congo, we’ll explore conflict minerals and supply chains. The DRC is a country with a massive abundance of mineral resources. This […]

Op-Ed / / 09.19.20

The East African Op-ed: As Guns Fall Silent in Juba, Leaders Must Pull the Trigger on Dirty Cash

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The East African and was written by Brian Adeba, Deputy Director of Policy, and Hilary Mossberg, Director of  Illicit Finance Policy. The peace process in South Sudan has kept most of the guns silent between the two main protagonists over the past year, but core governance reforms that could help the […]

News / / 09.18.20

PanAfricanVisions: US imposes sanctions on firm linked to businessman close to South Sudan senior officials

The United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets control (OFAC) has imposed more economic sanctions on Nabah Ltd, a company owned by Sudanese businessman Ashraf Seed Ahmed Al-Cardinal for reportedly depositing and holding funds for South Sudanese officials outside of the world’s youngest nation in an attempt to avoid sanctions. The sanctioned […]

News / / 09.11.20

Voice of America: South Sudan, Sudan Address Economic Crises

South Sudan’s central bank said Friday that it planned to ban the use of foreign currency nationwide to prevent further depreciation of the South Sudanese pound against the U.S. dollar after prices of food and other basic commodities have skyrocketed in recent weeks and months. Juba resident Saida Juan said prices were higher each time she headed to the market. […]

News / / 09.11.20

Relief Web: Joint NGO Statement: The Human Rights Council should support systemic human rights reforms in Sudan

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland 9 September 2020 The Human Rights Council should support systemic human rights reforms in Sudan Excellencies, Ahead of the 45th session of the UN Human Rights Council, and at a critical juncture for Sudan, we, the undersigned […]

News / / 09.05.20

Le Soir: Soudan: un an après sa nomination, le gouvernement de transition au pied du mur

Un tumulte de voix métalliques s’élève des allées du souk Libya. Sur la rive ouest du Nil, au cœur d’Oumdurman, une banlieue pauvre de la capitale soudanaise, ce marché, le plus vaste du pays, s’étend sur plus d’un kilomètre. Disposés sur les étals de fruits et de légumes, de viandes et de produits importés, des […]

News / / 09.04.20

NK News: North Korean statues are showing up in Africa – And they could be illegal

Several new North Korean statues are scattered across several African countries despite possible sanctions violations, according to an unpublished U.N. report seen by NK News. Many of these statues have been linked to the overseas arm of North Korea’s sanctioned Mansudae Arts Studio and have been spotted over the last three years. The U.N. Security Council […]

News / / 09.03.20

Nigrizia: Un importante passo verso la pace

Il 31 agosto 2020 potrebbe diventare una data storica per il Sudan. Dopo un anno di estenuanti negoziati è stato finalmente firmato a Juba, capitale del Sud Sudan, l’accordo di pace globale tra il governo di Khartoum e la maggioranza dei movimenti di opposizione armata operanti in diverse regioni del paese. Il documento sottoscritto costituisce […]

News / / 09.03.20

Radio Free Asia: “북, 민주콩고서 제재위반…허술한 감독체계 파고들어”

앵커: 북한이 아프리카 콩고민주공화국(민주콩고)에서 동상 건립 사업을 벌이며 국제사회의 제재를 위반하고 있는 것으로 알려졌습니다. 민주콩고 내 만연한 부패와 허술한 은행 감독 체계도 문제라는 지적입니다. 지예원 기자가 보도합니다. 미국 워싱턴DC 민간연구기관인 애틀란틱카운슬이 3일 아프리카 민주콩고 내 북한의 제재회피 실태를 논의하는 화상회의를 개최했습니다. 아프리카 지역 내 불법활동을 추적하는 미국 비영리 감시단체 센트리(Sentry)의 존 델오소 선임연구원은 이 자리에서, 박화성과 […]

News / / 09.02.20

Le Monde: Soudan : accord de paix avec des groupes rebelles

Il y a plusieurs manières de compter le nombre d’années de conflit auquel la signature, lundi 31 août à Juba, de huit protocoles constituant un accord de paix vite qualifié « d’historique » entre le pouvoir de transition du Soudan et plusieurs groupes rebelles du pays, promet de mettre un terme. Dix-sept ans depuis qu’est apparu, en 2003, un mouvement armé […]

Op-Ed / / 09.01.20

Just Security Op-ed: Shoring up Sanctions Enforcement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A North Korea Case Study

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Just Security and was written by Megha Swamy, Deputy Director of  Illicit Finance Policy at The Sentry. Two North Koreans abroad walk into a bank, open an account with access to U.S. dollars and euros, and go about conducting business with high-level politicians in their host country. Despite hundreds of sanctions […]

News / / 09.01.20

The East African: Sudan signs peace deal with rebel groups, move hailed as sign of lasting change

Sudan’s transitional government on Monday signed a peace deal with rebel groups, in what donors and activists said signals a permanent end to the decades-old civil war. The Sudanese parties crowned marathon negotiations that lasted more than a year in Juba, South Sudan, which mediated the talks. The agreement contained timelines that if implemented could […]