Media beset by both violence and state of emergency

first_img Organisation The acts of media censorship and intimidation are affecting the Internet and the list of banned websites is growing even longer. On the orders of the state of emergency administrative centre, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MICT) today approved the closure of another 350 websites, in addition to the 190 sites blocked last week and the 36 that were blocked on 7 April. Reporters Without Borders deplores the decision by the “Red Shirts” to ask journalists to wear a green armband with the words “Dissolve parliament.” Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to restore access to the censored news websites without delay and to close media only after verifying that they contain calls for violence and after following the normal judicial procedures. RSF_en Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 12, 2021 Find out more The press freedom organisation also condemns the harassment to which TV journalist Thapanee Ietsrichai has been subjected since reporting on Twitter that some soldiers had prevented the police from going after those who may have been responsible for yesterday’s bombings. A French journalist based in Bangkok said the conditions for foreign reporters had worsened in the past few days. Bangkok-based correspondents have little training in covering “conflict zones.” Foreign journalists have been injured by stones and water bottles thrown by participants in political demonstrations. Unaware of the risks, foreign tourists have also been “covering” the protests in the hope of being able to sell photos or video footage of the clashes. Reporters Without Borders is also surprised by a court ruling upholding the government’s censorship of PTV, a station that supports the anti-government “Red Shirts.” The judges ruled that the state of emergency gave this power to the authorities. News News April 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media beset by both violence and state of emergency ThailandAsia – Pacific News A similar decision was issued today in the legal action brought by Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the editor of the independent news website Prachatai, against several senior government officials demanding damages because the site has been blocked since 7 April and demanding the lifting of the blocking order on the grounds that it is illegal under article 47 of the constitution, which protects the dissemination of information and opinions. The court ruled that the authorities had not exceeded their powers under the state of emergency. Receive email alertscenter_img More and more journalists are wearing helmets for protections or T-shirts provided by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) for identification. News Help by sharing this information Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom “The gravity of this crisis reinforces the need to respect the free flow of news and information, without which rumour will triumph over fact,” the press freedom organisation said. “But the violence and the state of emergency are exposing Thai and foreign journalists to a level of threats that is without precedent since the return to democracy.” to go further A Japanese cameraman was injured in the bombings that occurred yesterday in Bangkok’s Silom district. His name and the name of his media are not yet known. Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned about the impact on press freedom of the political violence and state of emergency in Thailand and reiterates its appeal to all parties to respect and guarantee the work of the press. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more This brings the number of closed websites to 2,500. Most of the sites now banned had links with the “Red Shirts” and carried photos and video of their demonstrations, but some were independent news websites. June 12, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Thailand ThailandAsia – Pacific The press freedom organisation also urges the Thai authorities to show the utmost transparency in the investigation into the death of Japanese journalist Hiro Muramoto, the findings of which are supposed to be released on 26 April. “The Japanese authorities must be allowed access to all the information that has been gathered by the investigators,” Reporters Without Borders said.last_img read more

Limerick has highest rise in new company start-ups

first_imgExercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Print Linkedin Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Emailcenter_img CRIF Vision-net managing director Christine CullenTHE scale of Limerick’s economic revival was confirmed this week with a report showing a 23 per cent increase in the number of new company start-ups established in the city and county in 2018, making it the fastest growing area in the country during the first six months of the year.Latest statistics from business and credit risk analyst CRIF Vision-net, showed there were 440 new start-ups in Limerick in the first half of 2018, compared with 5,214 in Dublin (3.2 per cent growth), followed by Cork with 1,168 (3.5 per cent growth) and Galway with 466 (1.3 per cent growth).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick also had a 48.3 per cent reduction in insolvencies, again outperforming Dublin (34.2 per cent), Cork (25 per cent) and Galway (42.4 per cent).CRIF Vision-net managing director Christine Cullen said that the big increase in the number of start-ups in Limerick indicated that the cities and counties outside of Dublin are increasingly benefiting from the economic recovery.“This is a welcome development and an indicator that Ireland’s other regions can provide a counterweight to Dublin. The growth of start-ups outside of the capital needs to be encouraged. Targeted investments, such as the M20 Cork-Limerick motorway, should enable sustained regional development for the years ahead.“Ireland’s continued economic growth is allowing more companies to thrive. Consumer spending is rising consistently, business opportunities are plentiful, and banks and other financial services companies are lending more to companies and start-ups,” she explained.“The construction and real estate sectors are benefiting from continued private and public investment. It is likely that they will create an increasing number of start-ups in the near future as Ireland addresses its housing shortage and businesses expand their operations.“Some industries, however, have fared less well. The motor industry has seen a surge in used imports which has impacted on new car sales. Combined with the impact of Brexit on sterling rates, this industry is facing significant challenges which may take some time to resolve,” Ms Cullen added.The fact that the economic recovery is taking root outside Dublin bodes well for the Government’s 2040 National Development Plan which aims to provide balanced regional development and prioritises growth in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.In terms of new company start-ups, professional services were the most prolific, growing by 8.6 per cent (2,228 to 2,419).The construction industry grew by 13.7 per cent, from 1,118 new company start-ups in the first half of 2017 to 1,271 in the same period this year. Real estate also showed strong growth, with the number of start-ups increasing from 491 to 527.The education sector had one of the most significant increases, growing by 28.9 per cent for the first half of 2018, from 142 to 183 new companies.There was, however, a drop in new motor industry start-ups which were down by 4.9 per cent, from 182 to 173, reflecting a difficult trading environment complicated in part by Brexit-induced sterling fluctuations.There was a 30 per cent drop in insolvencies across the country during the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.Social and personal services saw a 50 per cent decrease in insolvencies from 36 to 18. Professional services and hospitality insolvencies were down by 38 and 35.4 per cent respectively.There were 18 fewer construction insolvencies and 45 fewer real estate insolvencies, reflecting the increasing opportunities for businesses in these industries.In line with its decrease in new company start-ups, the motor industry was one of the few sectors to see an increase in insolvencies of 16.7 per cent, from a low baseline of 12 to Tom [email protected] more business news here. TAGSbusinessLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick on Covid watch list NewsBusinessLimerick has highest rise in new company start-upsBy Staff Reporter – July 24, 2018 1637 Advertisement Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Previous articleShannon Airport turns €1.3 million profitNext articleBlooming floral displays bring splash of colour to Limerick city centre Staff Reporter Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge last_img read more

Sixth Milo School Football tournament launched

first_img… Technical support for coaches being offeredEIGHTEEN schools in Georgetown will join six out-of-town teams in this year’s Milo School Football tournament which is set to begin next weekend.Two teams from the East Coast of Demerara along with one each from Linden, West Bank Demerara, East Bank Demerara and Berbice will make up the out-of-town sides.This was revealed yesterday by co-Director of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca, at the launch of the tournament at the Beepats Sophia office.Set for a January 27 start, the tournament is expected to run via a round-robin format with six groups of four in the first stage.Following that, the top two teams from each group, along with the best four third-place finishers, will move on to the round-of-sixteen stage.According to Mendonca, the programme has grown from strength to strength.“Six years ago, we launched this programme and our aim then was to revitalise the sport, especially at the school level and I think over the years, it has served its purpose and has taken its place in the setup of football in Guyana.”He also made reference to several youngsters who have been products of the programme and who have gained places in the various national teams.Meanwhile, head of the Physical Education Department within the Ministry of Education, Nicholas Fraser, contended that the body has been adhering to the advice of his office.He continued, “It’s very heartening to see that the tournament is expanding to out-of-town schools and there are many talented youths out there who sometimes don’t get the opportunity to showcase their talents and develop themselves.”TECHNICAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation Ian Greenwood contended that the tournament continues to be one used for spotting potential and youth team prospects.In this regard, the Federation is encouraging teachers and coaches to take advantage of the technical support being offered by his office ahead of the tournament.“The GFF technical department is open for anybody who wants to come and discuss things. We have technical officers in the various regions who can come down and help with your schools and prepare things.”This, he noted, can be accessed through the Petra Organisation, the coordinators of the Milo tournament.Executive officer of Beepats, Jonathan Beepat, contended that for the period his company has been in existence, the entity has prided itself in assisting sport as its corporate social responsibility.“Being a family-owned business from my grandfather’s days and even my father’s days, we’ve always sponsored sports.” Beepat said the company has assisted many big names in the sport world.$1.1M is up for grabs with the tournament winners getting to choose for their school a developmental project worth $500 000.Second-place will have a $300 000 budget, third-place $200 000 and fourth-place $100 000.The teams will be released shortly.last_img read more

Word on the (Nelson) street has Canucks going all the, er, can’t say it, don’t even want to go there

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily Sports It’s the talk of the gas stations.It’s the talk of the coffee shops and beer and wine stores.The Vancouver Canucks are on the verge of, er, can’t say it, don’t even want to go there.But some people are more optimistic than others.“Canucks in five,” chimed Shawn and Cam Robertson, owner/operators of Taghum Shell convenience store located west of Nelson, who were not at all shy about trumpeting their series picks.The Robertson brothers have been hearing all the hype from customers ever since the Canucks disposed of the San Jose Sharks to advance into the Cup final.“Everybody it talking about the Canucks run to the Stanley Cup,” said Cam Robertson.“Canuck fans have had to wait 17 years just to get to the cup final let alone have a chance to win it all,” said Shawn Robertson.People everywhere are talking about the start of the Stanley Cup Final.Jim Plamondon at Wait’s News on Baker Street has listened to customer after customer give his or her read on the best-of-seven affair.“Its kind of fun,” said Plamondon. “People are pretty excited and are all pretty confident the Canucks are going to do it . . . in five of six games,” he added.Some people are saying this series is about the same mismatch as in 1982 when Vancouver shocked the hockey world — mostly thanks to King Richard Brodeur — before being swept out the door by the Mike Bossy, Billy Smith, Bryan Trottier and the New York Islanders.“Nashville on steroids is Boston,” said Shawn Robertson. “(Vancouver’s) puck possession game is better than Boston’s and we’re faster. The Bruins have two good defenceman we have six.“And depth . . . overall talent up front.”The Robertson’s and Plamondon say people coming in the stores, Vancouver fans out number Boston faithful by a wide margin.However, over at The Grand Merchants manager Scott Swetlikoe tells The Nelson Daily there are a few more Bruins’ fans than he’d like to see.“What surprises me the most is all the Boston Bruins fans coming into the store but then again it really doesn’t surprise me because of Bobby Orr and the way Vancouver played for all those years,” Swetlikoe said Tuesday afternoon. But I’d have to still say it’s a 70/30 split in favour of Vancouver.”Included in the 30-percent is co-worker David Vova — a Boston fan since he was six-years-old.‘I don’t feel bad at all,” Vova said when asked about the ribbing he’s taking from Canuck Nation.“I lived in Vancouver for 20 years, but I was a Boston fan then and I’m a Boston fan now.”“It goes back to my childhood,” he added. “I really liked watching Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Derek Sanderson and Johnny Buyck. Plus I really liked the Boston jersey.”Despite talking the talk, most Canuck fans in the Heritage City don’t really appear to be in the spirit just yet.The only signs of Canuck bandwagon jumping Plamondon sees from his Baker Street location is team flags fluttering in the wind from passing vehicles.But there’s a reason for that.“Not game day,” said Cam Robertson.“Not game day,” responded Swetlikoe to the same question. “Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’ll have it on.”The hype will reach epic proportions Wednesday at Rogers Arena after Mark Donnelly whips the fan-o-meter with his version of O’Canada.Game two goes Saturday in Lotus land before the series shifts back to Boston for games three and four, Monday and Wednesday.If necessary game five is Friday, June 8 in Vancouver.According to the Robertson brothers that should be the night Vancouver . . .. Can’t say, don’t want to go there.Time to sit back, with fingers and legs crossed, and just watch the game. And may best (Canucks) team [email protected]last_img read more

Driver caught speeding and on cannabis

first_imgA driver traveling over the sped limit and also on cannabis was caught in Buncrana yesterday.The Buncrana Road Policing Unit detected the driver travelling at 121kph in Burt yesterday afternoon in a 100kph zone.The driver was also tested and proved to be positive for cannabis. A Garda spokesman said “Speed can and does kill. Driving under the influence can and does kill.“One poor decision made when getting/whilst behind the wheel of a car could be the death of you or someone else.”Driver caught speeding and on cannabis was last modified: November 21st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranacannabisGardaispeedinglast_img read more

QPR chasing first home win since opening day as Reading visit

first_imgReading won 3-1 at Loftus Road in February 2014QPR’s win at Fulham before the international break ended a run of five league games with a victory, but they haven’t won at home since the opening weekend. On Saturday they host Reading, who were beaten 4-1 at Brentford last month.Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 15 October 2016Referee: Steve Martin (Staffordshire)Vital statistic: There has not been a home win in this fixture in the last eight meetings, since QPR beat Reading 3-1 in November 2010. Injuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: Jake Bidwell (shoulder), Jamie Mackie (ankle), Jack Robinson (knee).Fitness test: Sandro (match fitness).READINGRuled out: Jake Cooper (match fitness), Yakou Meite (ankle ligaments), Deniss Rakels (broken ankle). Possible starting line-upsQPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Perch; Borysiuk, Luongo; Wszolek, Chery, Washington; Polter.Reading: Al-Habsi; Gunter, Moore, McShane, Obita; Evans, Williams; McCleary, Swift, Beerens; Kermorgant. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)QPR: W D D L L (5 points) • Home: D L D L W (5 points)Reading: D L W W D (8 points) • Away: L W W L L (6 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)QPR – 4: Chery; 3: Polter; 2: Caulker, Onuoha, Sylla; 1: Washington.Reading – 3: McCleary, Swift; 2: Kermorgant; 1: Beerens, Evans, McShane, Williams.LAST FIVE MEETINGS23 Apr 2016: QPR 1 Reading 13 Dec 2015: Reading 0 QPR 116 Feb 2014: QPR 1 Reading 39 Nov 2013: Reading 1 QPR 128 Apr 2013: Reading 0 QPR 0QPR 1 win, Reading 1 win, 3 draws See also:QPR launch campaign to improve atmosphereFive things that might improve the atmosphere at QPRPerch passed fit to return for QPRHasselbaink in the clear after QPR back managerForever R’s: Eleven men who sum up the spirit of QPR Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x See also:QPR launch campaign to improve atmosphereFive things that might improve the atmosphere at QPRPerch passed fit to return for QPRHasselbaink in the clear after QPR back managerForever R’s: Eleven men who sum up the spirit of QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lightning kills two inmates in Ludhiana jail

first_imgTwo inmates were killed on Thursday after lightning struck them in Borstal Jail in Ludhiana, the police said.“The incident occurred when four inmates were praying at a temple situated inside the jail premises. Lightning struck, leaving two of them dead and the other two injured,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Devinder Chaudhary told reporters.Mr. Chaudhary said the deceased have been identified as Lakhvir Singh (18) and Rishav Kumar (19), both from Ludhiana. The injured inmates — Rajwinder Singh of Sidhwan Bet and Gurdeep Singh of Jagraon — were admitted at the civil hospital with serious burn injuries.last_img

a month ago​Nuno insists Wolves focused on Braga

first_img​Nuno insists Wolves focused on Bragaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno Espirito Santo insists that everyone at the club is focused on their next game – a Europa League tie against Braga.Wolves are suffering a dip in form, after suffering two successive defeats against Everton and Chelsea.They are in the bottom three in the Premier League, which is an unusual position considering their form last season.But Nuno thinks they must take things one game at a time in order to find their groove.”It’s the third season for us. We started in the Championship, Thursday we play Europa League, we are the same,” said Nuno to reporters.”We have to work hard, but we don’t stay too much time in the past, we just look at Thursday.”This is my job. It’s not when we win everything is OK, when we lose everything is bad.”That’s why I say we have to realise what happened.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Entries Invited for Poet Laureate of Jamaica/Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize

first_img The country’s young poets are being invited to submit entries for the newly established Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry.The programme, which is a collaborative initiative of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) through the office of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and the United States- based University ofMichigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, seeks to recognise talented young Jamaicans with an interest in pursuing a career in poetry.The winner will receive a cash prize of US$1,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony to be held in Kingston on World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who officially opened the programme during the launch of Legal Deposit Month on October 11 at the National Library of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, endorsed the initiative, which she said, will assist in preserving Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage.Listing several award-winning Jamaican authors and poets, among them Poets Laureate Professor Mervyn Morris and Lorna Goodison, Ms. Grange encouraged the younger generation of cultural artisans to participate in the competition as a first step in making their mark in the annals of Jamaica’s cultural heritage.“It is our hope that through this platform, a new generation of Jamaican poets will rise up to pen their own contributions to our sterling literary heritage. Indeed, you should have no shortage of inspiration. Now is your time to make your mark,” she said.Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2017. The winner will be announced in February 2018.Lorna Goodison, who is Poet Laureate of Jamaica for the period 2017 to 2020 will be visiting several secondary and tertiary institutions across the island to promote the programme.Judging and selection of original works will be conducted in two rounds, with the first round being carried out by a panel of judges at the NLJ.Shortlisted submissions will be sent to the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan for the final round of judging. The programme is providing funding for the cash prize.For further information on entry requirements and application forms, contact the National Library of Jamaica at: [email protected] or visit The country’s young poets are being invited to submit entries for the newly established Poet Laureate of Jamaica and Helen Zell Young Writer’s Prize for Poetry. The winner will receive a cash prize of US$1,000 as well as the opportunity to participate in the award ceremony to be held in Kingston on World Poetry Day on March 21, 2018. The programme, which is a collaborative initiative of the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) through the office of the Poet Laureate of Jamaica and the United States- based University of Story Highlightslast_img read more

George Clooney And Don Cheadle Help Release Groundbreaking Report On War Profiteering

first_imgToday, The Sentry, an investigative initiative co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, presented a new, groundbreaking report War Crimes Shouldn’t Pay: Stopping the looting and destruction in South Sudan.”Clooney and Prendergast joined Don Cheadle and lead investigators at the National Press Club in Washington DC to present findings of 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.Report highlights: • South Sudan’s president and the former vice president, their families and inner circles have stashed fortunes that include overseas mansions, luxury cars, and stakes in an array of businesses – major multinational oil and mining companies, banks, casinos, and an airline — and have left a trail of murky transactions, insider deals, and outright fraud.
 • The report details international complicity at every turn — bankers, businessmen, arms dealers, real estate agents, and lawyers who facilitate their heist. 
 • The Sentry found evidence of complicity in the looting and destruction of South Sudan on five different continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, and North America. 
 • The Sentry has collected images of family members of these top officials jet-setting and partying in 5-star hotels, and documentation of their offshore mansions and properties.
 • Researchers pored through thousands of pages of legal records, corporate filings, financial statements, transaction and shipping documents, and other official correspondence; tracked suspects’ online social media footprints; and utilized satellite imagery to gather and analyze data about their assets and movements. Investigators traveled to multiple locations including Melbourne, Adelaide, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Juba, Cairo and Nairobi, to gather evidence and interview hundreds of experts and eyewitnesses, many of whom spoke under the condition of anonymity.
 • Dossiers are already being turned over to US and international governments and agencies for enforcement action.
 • The report offers recommendations for an innovative new policy approach for preventing atrocities and promoting peace: combining anti-money laundering measures with targeted sanctions focused on the top leaders, accompanied by robust enforcement.Report excerpts: • A VIOLENT CONTEST OVER SPOILS OF POWER: “The key catalyst of South Sudan’s civil war has been competition for the grand prize — control over state assets and the country’s abundant natural resources — between rival kleptocratic networks led by President Kiir and Vice President Machar. The leaders of South Sudan’s warring parties manipulate and exploit ethnic divisions in order to drum up support for a conflict that serves the interests only of the top leaders of these two kleptocratic networks and, ultimately, the international facilitators whose services the networks utilize and on which they rely.”
 • HUMAN SUFFERING: “South Sudan, the world’s newest state, continues to be embroiled in a horrific civil war. Tens of thousands of people have lost their lives, many of them civilians. Mass rape has been used as a weapon of war. Children are routinely recruited as soldiers and sent as cannon fodder into combat. As of July 2016, some 2.3 million people have been displaced by the conflict. A staggering 5.1 million people —almost half the country’s population— require food assistance. Entire towns have been destroyed. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called South Sudan “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world.”Report recommendations:This report proposes a new strategy to counter atrocities that will use the tools of financial pressure normally reserved for countering terrorism, organized crime, and nuclear proliferation for two purposes: first, to bring to account those government actors in South Sudan who until now have been able to operate with near impunity because the world imposes no consequences for their behavior; and second, to create significant and until now missing international leverage by altering the cost-benefit analysis of those leaders and shifting their incentives away from violence, atrocities, and corruption and toward peace, human rights, and transparency. The international community should take the following steps to create that accountability and leverage: 1. Take proactive steps to curb the laundering of the proceeds of corruption in South Sudan —and crack down on any banks that fail to stop such transactions. 2. Impose smarter sanctions on a wide array of high-impact targets and ensure these sanctions are robustly enforced. 3. Encourage and support South Sudan’s neighbors to lead in combating the laundering of assets looted from South Sudan and imposing asset freezes on those most responsible for human rights violations and financial misconduct. 4. Take proactive attempts to prevent de-risking. Directing anti-money laundering pressures against politically exposed persons in South Sudan could cause banks to determine that the risk of doing business with South Sudanese account holders is simply too high when compared with the incentives for maintaining business in the country. The Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) should issue guidance to the banking community stressing that not every South Sudanese client is high-risk. 5. Introduce a financial management system that prevents violent kleptocrats from capturing state institutions to facilitate the looting of public resources.The Sentry brings together an experienced team of investigators, including former employees of the FBI, Treasury Department, other government agencies, intelligence communities, and Congress, as well as contributions from field researchers, country experts, academia and press.last_img read more