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Refinitiv Focuses the Financial Crime Fight Against War Criminals

Refinitiv is taking the financial crime fight to the source, partnering with investigative and policy team The Sentry to access open-source data on African war criminals for its World-Check dataset.

Co-founded by George Clooney and a strategic partner of the Clooney Foundation for Justice, The Sentry uses open-source data collection, field research, and state-of-the-art network data analysis technology. Comprised of financial investigators, international human rights lawyers, and regional experts, as well as former law enforcement agents, intelligence officers, policymakers, investigative journalists, and banking professionals, it works in partnership with local and international civil society organizations, journalists, and governments to track and analyze how armed conflict and atrocities are financed, sustained, and monetized.

“To help prevent future mass atrocities, the public and private sector must target the financial infrastructure enabling armed violence and grave human rights abuse. As a pioneer in using data and technology to combat financial crime, we welcome Refinitiv’s expertise and global reach in the fight against war criminals and war profiteers,” said Megha Swamy, Deputy Director of Illicit Finance Policy at The Sentry. “By integrating our data with World-Check, we’re getting closer to targeting those responsible for fuelling war and mass atrocities where they are most vulnerable – their money.”

Through their new partnership, The Sentry will provide Refinitiv World-Check with hard-to-obtain information on illicit activities and individuals who operate in Africa. Relevant data provided by The Sentry will help expand World-Check’s capacity to assist companies in their efforts to meet regulatory obligations with respect to money-laundering and the financing of terrorism. Beyond the provision of data, The Sentry and Refinitiv Platforms also plan to collaborate on joint events, webinars, whitepapers, and other educational content.

“Two decades ago, we created World-Check to assist our customers as they sought new ways to meet regulatory obligations with respect to protecting their businesses from financial crime,” said Che Sidanius, Head of Financial Crime Regulation and Industry Affairs at Refinitiv. “As we mark World-Check’s 20th anniversary, we continue to bolster our dataset and grow our partner network, most recently by joining forces with The Sentry. We’re proud to work with The Sentry and we look forward to identifying new ways to help halt war criminals and war profiteers as our partnership continues to evolve.”

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