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october 25th, 2017

George Clooney Donates $1 Million to Counter War Crimes and Corruption in Africa


Note: This press release was first published on TheSentry.Org


The Clooney Foundation provides the lead gift in the “Making War Criminals Pay” fundraising campaign launched today for The Sentry – an expert team of policy analysts and financial forensic investigators.The campaign seeks to triple The Sentry’s capacity to “follow the money” and track downwar profiteering networks in Africa.

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october 16th, 2017

The Terrorists’ Treasury: How a Bank Linked to Congo’s President Enabled Hezbollah Financiers to Bust U.S. Sanctions


Note: This report was published by Not On Our Watch's investigative initiative, The Sentry.


The same banks used by kleptocratic governments to divert state assets can also be used by terrorist financing networks. This is what has taken place at one prominent bank in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Individuals and entities subject to U.S. sanctions, in connection with Hezbollah, used the bank to move money through the international banking system, despite several warnings from bank employees that doing so could violate U.S. sanctions. This was not just any bank. BGFIBank DRC, the institution that processed the transactions, is run by President Joseph Kabila’s brother and has been mentioned in a recent scandal in Congo involving the alleged diversion of public funds from state-owned mining companies and the national electoral commission.

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november 9th, 2015

UN: Corruption is Feeding and Sustaining Wildlife and Forest Crime

The heads of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) recently released a statement emphasizing the role of corruption in feeding and sustaining wildlife and forest crime. “For the criminals to succeed, customs officials must be bribed to look away; logging and hunting licenses forged; and poachers set free due to obstructed prosecutions,” the statement said. Corruption has facilitated the theft of countries’ natural wealth and has undermined efforts to eradicate poverty and spur economic development. Tackling corruption and bribery will, in turn, “deal a significant blow” to transnational criminal networks involved in the illicit wildlife trade.


Follow the jump for a link to the full statement.

november 6th, 2015

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

November 6 is International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. While violent conflict can have a disastrous impact on the environment, the reverse is also true.


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october 30th, 2015

AU Report Documents Rebel Atrocities in South Sudan

In part 2 of the series on the release of the African Union Commission of Inquiry Report on South Sudan, opposition abuses covered in the report are described.


An African Union report on the crisis in South Sudan says rebel soldiers committed gross human rights abuses that include rape and ethnically targeted killings of civilians.


Follow the jump for links to both parts of the report.

october 29th, 2015

Human Rights Watch on UN’s Responsibility to Rape Victims in Darfur

Approaching the one-year mark of a mass rape in Tabit, North Darfur, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a dispatch calling on the United Nations to do more to protect the survivors and those still at risk. This publication follows HRW’s October 12 dispatch detailing ongoing violations of women’s rights in Sudan’s conflict zones as well as the regime’s application of repressive and discriminatory laws to diminish the ability of women to participate in public life.


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october 28th, 2015

AU Unveils Long-awaited Report on Crisis in South Sudan

This is part one of a two-part series on the Final Report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan.


A long-delayed African Union report on the crisis in South Sudans ays that the targeted killings of hundreds of Nuer tribesmen in Juba in December 2013, was a deliberate action sponsored by the state. According to the report, the method by which the killings were committed prove their “widespread or systematic nature.” Roadblocks were established around Juba and security forces undertook house-to-house searches. Male Nuers were “targeted, identified, killed on the spot or gathered in one place and killed.”


Follow the jump for links to the both parts of the report.

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