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This op-ed was originally published on VICE, and co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast.
Under the cover of darkness, in a world whose attention is diverted by more camera-accessible crises in Ukraine, Syria, and the Central African Republic (CAR), the Sudan government has revived and intensified its genocidal strategy in the main war zones of Sudan. No media is allowed. The few aid organizations still permitted to operate there are under strict agreement to do so quietly. And the United Nations mission in Darfur has recently been implicated in a broad institutional cover-up of both the scale of devastation, and of the Sudan government’s direct role in creating the crisis.
During the May 20 Elie Wiesel Foundation dinner, George Clooney announced an expansion to the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), an initiative he co-founded three years ago with fellow board member John Prendergast. While it will continue to use satellite imagery to monitor and warn against human rights abuses in war-torn Sudan and South Sudan, SSP will expand its work in reaction to the changes in modern conflicts. As conflicts in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and the surrounding region become more linked with regional criminal networks, SSP will widen its focus to undertake forensic investigations to reveal how those committing mass atrocities are funding their activities and where they are hiding their stolen assets.
Board members George Clooney and Don Cheadle join fellow board member John Prendergast and lead investigators at a press conference to present The Sentry's investigative report, "War Crimes Shouldn't Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan." The press conference took place at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, on September 12, 2016.
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This op-ed, co-authored by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, originally appeared in The Washington Post.
South Sudan’s leaders are perfecting the art of the diplomatic bait-and-switch while fighting over the spoils of a resource-rich state, destroying the world’s newest country in the process. The leaders agreed to a peace deal, but have implemented few of its provisions. They have agreed to a new judicial mechanism to try war crimes, but have delayed its creation. They have agreed to allow peacekeepers in, but they restrict their movement and whip up resentment against the United Nations. They have agreed to international humanitarian aid, but their forces obstruct the aid agencies at every turn and even attack, rob and rape aid workers. Meanwhile, more than 5 million peopleare suffering from hunger and require food aid.
Board member George Clooney and John Prendergast's The Sentry's investigative report, "War Crimes Shouldn't Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction in South Sudan" was released on September 12, 2016.
Click through for a link to the video that gives an inside look into the nearly 2-year investigation and its groundbreaking findings.
Following a two-year investigation into the assets and wealth of top officials in South Sudan’s government and opposition, The Sentry, co-founded by board members George Clooney and John Prendergast, has released its first findings in a new report, "War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the Looting and Destruction of South Sudan".
Click through for a livestream of the release of the report at a press conference in Washington, DC 2 10am EST, as well as an overview and link to the report.
Today, NOOW partner The Enough Project released its latest report, “Khartoum’s Economic Achilles’ Heel: The intersection of war, profit, and greed" by Enough Project Advisor Suliman Baldo. The report describes the economic vulnerability of the Sudanese government, and why it opens a key window that gives the United States leverage to support a transition to peace in the country.
Click through for a link to the report.