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

oday, 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 of South Sudan’s army ...
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As African Union Marks Anti-Corruption Day, Action is Needed to Counter Kleptocratic Networks

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 ...
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Bipartisan Congressional Bill on Congo is Timely Warning for President Kabila, Includes New Sanctions Requirement

D.R. Congo
A new bipartisan Congressional bill introduced this week that seeks to support free and fair elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo was approved today by the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee ...
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U.S. State Department Sanctions Senior Congolese Officials for Involvement in Electoral Process Corruption

U.S. State Department Sanctions Senior Congolese Officials for Involvement in Electoral Process Corruption June 21, 2018 (Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. State Department announced visa bans on several senior officials of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for involvement in significant corruption related to the Congolese electoral process. The actions fall under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018. Sasha Lezhnev, Deputy Director of Policy at the Enough Project, said: “Several senior Congolese officials involved in corruption travel frequently to the US, so the visa ban is an important step. They or the businesses ...
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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 ...
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New U.S. Treasury Sanctions on Entities Affiliated with Gertler Critical for Addressing Violent Corruption in Congo

D.R. Congo
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 ...
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Remarks by John Prendergast During Nairobi Press Event with U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Mandelker

Press Event with Sigal Mandelker, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury ...
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The Sentry Urges Kenyan and Ugandan Authorities to Target Real Estate Connected to South Sudan Officials

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As U.S. Treasury Under Secretary Mandelker meets with officials and banks in Nairobi to urge action against corruption and money laundering linked to war in South Sudan, properties of concern identified in The Sentry’s 2016 report have still not faced official investigations by Kenya or Uganda ...
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New FinCEN Advisory Focuses on Essential Links between Corrupt Networks and Human Rights Abuses

Today, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a new Advisory, Advisory on Human Rights Abuses Enabled by Corrupt Senior Foreign Political Figures and their Financial Facilitators, which focuses financial institutions on the urgent need to investigate and target the actions of corrupt Senior Politically Exposed Persons and their networks of facilitators and enablers around the world. The Advisory makes the critical connection of the corruption of these networks to grave human rights abuses, including in sub-Saharan Africa ...
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The Sentry Welcomes Treasury Under Secretary’s Historic Trip to Sub-Saharan Africa; Represents Critical Opportunity for Impact on Urgent Crises

Serious financial pressure with meaningful consequences is not only possible but critically necessary to counter violent kleptocracy, protect human rights and end conflict ...
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