News / / 09.16.18

NY Times – Nick Kristof’s Sunday Newsletter: Go after the money to stop human rights crimes

By John Prendergast More than any other factor, war has driven and shaped human history. Superficially, many wars appear to be senseless. Look beneath the surface, and there is one common denominator: unchecked greed. War may be hell for the people in conflict-ridden countries, but it is very profitable and politically beneficial for a small […]

News / / 09.14.18

La Libre: RDC : « Il faut des sanctions financières contre Kabila et les siens » pour The Sentry

The Sentry, l’ONG américaine soutenue par l’acteur George Clooney, dévoile son nouveau rapport sur les élections en RDC et propose des pistes pour faire pression sur les principaux acteurs de ce processus. (Rapport à lire en dessous du texte). Premier constat, The Sentry veut croire que des élections sont encore possibles en RDC le 23 […]

Press Release / / 09.14.18

New Investigative Report Raises Red Flags for Upcoming Elections in DR Congo

Report by The Sentry warns of indicators of serious technical flaws, signs of corruption and inappropriate interference by Congo’s election commission that could undermine a free and fair election Washington, DC – A new investigative report published today by The Sentry, “Delays and Red Flags: Elections in DR Congo,” explores allegations of corruption throughout the Democratic Republic […]

Op-Ed / / 09.12.18

The Daily Beast Op-ed: In South Sudan, A Peace Deal Without Peace

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Daily Beast and was written by John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry and founding director of the Enough Project, and Brian Adeba, deputy director of policy at the Enough Project. The peace deal signed today between the government of South Sudan and armed opposition groups has significant shortcomings that could easily lead […]

News / / 09.10.18

Washington Post: The U.S. is warning Congo that using electronic voting machines could backfire

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has a warning for another country preparing for a presidential election: Use electronic voting machines at your own risk. At a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York late last month, Haley called on Congo to abandon its plan to use the machines for the first time in favor of paper […]

Press Release / / 09.10.18

John Prendergast Briefs Security Council in First-Ever Session on Corruption and Conflict, Calls for New and Robust Financial Actions to Support Peace

United Nations Headquarters, New York – Today, the U.N. Security Council held its first-ever session on the critical connection between corruption and conflict. John Prendergast, Founding Director at the Enough Project and Co-Founder of The Sentry, and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres were the two featured speakers at the historic briefing. Click here for full remarks by John […]

Press Release / / 09.06.18

John Prendergast to Address UN Security Council in First-Ever Session on Nexus Between Corruption and Conflict

The Sentry’s Co-Founder Joins UN Secretary-General Guterres in Historic Session as United States Takes the Council Presidency Washington, D.C. – On Monday, September 10, the United Nations Security Council will hold its first-ever session on the critical connection between corruption and conflict. John Prendergast, Founding Director at the Enough Project and Co-Founder of The Sentry, will […]

Press Release / / 08.15.18

South Sudanese General Travels to China Despite UN Travel Ban

Washington, D.C. – Inquiries by The Sentry have just revealed that General Gabriel Jok Riak, South Sudan’s top military commander, likely traveled in violation of his UN travel ban. The Sentry has now been able to confirm that General Jok Riak did not receive an official waiver from the UN when he visited China last month for the first China-Africa Defense & Security Forum. Jok Riak was […]

Press Release / / 08.14.18

New Report: DR Congo’s Efforts to Counter Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Found Inadequate

Congo’s rampant illicit finance problems put the international financial system at risk, as corrupt actors and criminals take advantage of the country’s weak law enforcement Washington, D.C. – A new report published today by The Sentry reveals that the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s efforts to counter money laundering and terrorist financing are inadequate. The report comes at a […]

News / / 08.11.18

Public Finance International: DR Congo must step up efforts to tackle economic crime, says think-tank

Efforts to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are inadequate, according to a think-tank report. This is opening up a ‘window’ for criminals to take advantage of the weak system, the report, published yesterday by The Sentry concluded. The country’s “rampant illicit finance problems” put the financial system at […]

Press Release / / 07.13.18

South Sudan: U.N. Security Council Votes for Arms Embargo, Renews Sanctions, Designates Two More Individuals

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution to renew the South Sudan sanctions regime and for an arms embargo until May 31, 2019. The Security Council also designated two individuals: Paul Malong Awan, the former Chief of Staff of South Sudan’s army, and Malek Ruben Riak, former Deputy Chief of Staff […]

Press Release / / 07.11.18

As African Union Marks Anti-Corruption Day, Action is Needed to Counter Kleptocratic Networks

Washington, D.C. – Today, the African Union marks the 2018 Anti-Corruption Day, an opportunity for the AU to show leadership to address the catastrophic role of corruption in the worst conflicts on the continent. The ongoing deadly crises across many parts of Africa require urgent action from the AU. In particular, the AU should use […]

Op-Ed / / 07.03.18

The East African Op-ed: Kenyan Money Launderers – Watch Out!

Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The East African and was written by John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project and Co-founder of The Sentry, and Joshua White, Director of Palicy and Analysis at The Sentry. The government and rebel leaders in South Sudan who are destroying their country through human rights crimes such as village […]

News / / 06.21.18

RFI: Machine à voter en RDC: un collectif américain met en garde contre le piratage

Les machines à voter en République démocratique du Congo sont dans le viseur du collectif américain Enough. Dans un rapport rendu public ce mercredi 21 juin, The Sentry, l’équipe d’investigation d’Enough, révèle l’existence de failles de sécurité dans les machines électorales que le pays prévoit d’utiliser lors de la présidentielle de décembre 2018. L’organisation n’a […]

News / / 06.21.18

Associated Press: Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections

Congo’s government is moving forward with plans to use electronic voting machines in this year’s highly anticipated presidential election despite warnings from watchdog groups that transparency and credibility could suffer. The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a fair election in December amid concerns that President Joseph Kabila, in office since 2001, will […]

Press Release / / 06.20.18

New Investigative Report: Security Vulnerabilities in Electronic Voting Technology Underscore Lack of Transparency in DR Congo’s Electoral Process

As President Kabila weighs running for an illegal third term, his regime’s electoral commission seeks purchase of 105,000 electronic voting machines with potentially severe security and privacy vulnerabilities. Voting machines made by same South Korean firm were rejected by Argentina Washington, D.C. – A new investigative report published today by The Sentry reveals potential vulnerabilities in the […]

News / / 06.15.18

RFI: Ouganda/Kenya: Washington demande des mesures contre les leaders sud-soudanais

…Les luxueuses demeures de Salva Kiir et Riek Machar à Nairobi Or selon Sigal Mandelker, les autorités ont l’obligation de bloquer ces opérations sur leur sol. L’ONG he Sentry a enquêté. D’après elle, le président sud-soudanais Salva Kiir et son adversaire Riek Machar possèdent tous deux de luxueuses maisons dans le quartier huppé de Lavington, à Nairobi. […]

Press Release / / 06.15.18

New U.S. Treasury Sanctions on Entities Affiliated with Gertler Critical for Addressing Violent Corruption in Congo

Washington D.C. – The Sentry and the Enough Project welcome the announcement today by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that it has sanctioned 14 entities pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which targets serious human rights abuse and corruption, for being affiliated with Israeli businessman and billionaire Dan Gertler. John Prendergast, […]

News / / 06.14.18

AFP: US calls for crackdown on S. Sudan war money invested in Kenya

The United States urged Kenya on Wednesday to investigate properties and assets owned by elite families from South Sudan, including its president and his rival, who have enriched themselves in their country’s civil war raging since 2013. Sigal Mandelker, the US Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence on a tour of East Africa, said […]

News / / 06.13.18

KTN News: US warns Kenya: Investigate, prosecute ‘corrupt’ Kiir & Machar or face consequences