George Clooney and Don Cheadle join 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. Learn more at TheSentry.org.
Press conference panel:
-Don Cheadle, founding board member of Not On Our Watch and a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Environment Program
-George Clooney, co-founder of The Sentry and a founding board member of Not On Our Watch.
-John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project and the co-founder of The Sentry.
-J.R. Mailey, Senior Policy Analyst for Illicit Finance & Conflict at the Enough Project and a Senior Analyst at The Sentry.
-Debra LaPrevotte, Sentry team investigator.
-Brian Adeba, Associate Director of Policy at the Enough Project
-Brad Brooks-Rubin, Policy Director for the Enough Project and The Sentry.
To learn more about the panelists, click here.
The Sentry report represents findings from a two-year investigation into South Sudan’s shadowy war economy and its links to a network of international facilitators, including bankers, arms dealers, and multinational oil and mining companies. The report implicates South Sudan President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, who as rival leaders have been responsible for a civil war that has wreaked havoc on their nation.
This marked the first public presentation of The Sentry’s multi-country investigations into the links between massive corruption, war profiteering, and armed conflict. The Sentry is a collaboration between the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch, with their implementing partner the Center for Advanced Defense Studies. The Sentry also focuses on Sudan, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.
The report exposes top officials who have managed to accumulate fortunes profiting from massive corruption, fueling and exploiting a brutal civil war while their nation suffers famine-like conditions and the horrors of armed conflict, including mass rape, the burning of villages, and the use of child soldiers.
The Sentry’s work unveils a new and innovative approach to countering mass atrocities and to promote peace in some of the world’s deadliest conflict zones, utilizing the tools of financial pressure normally reserved for countering terrorism, organized crime, and nuclear proliferation.
About The Sentry
The Sentry seeks to disrupt and dismantle the networks of military officers, government officials, businessmen, arms dealers, bankers, and other enablers who benefit financially and politically from Africa’s deadliest conflicts. Our investigations follow the money from conflict zones and into global economic centers, using open source data collection, field research, document collection, and state-of-the-art network analysis technology. The Sentry provides information and analysis that engages civil society and media, supports regulatory action and prosecutions, and provides policymakers and the private sector with the information they require to take effective action. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch (NOOW), with its implementing partner C4ADS. Current countries of focus are South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic. Learn more at TheSentry.org