The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has decided to impose targeted sanctions, including asset freezes and travel bans, against any person or entity involved in the perpetuation of violence in Burundi or who impedes the search for a solution to the crisis the country is facing (see press release here). The Council has requested that the AU’s Commission draw up a list of targets. The Council’s decision follows the EU’s introduction of sanctions against 4 Burundian officials close to the country’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza, at the start of this month (see previous blog).
The African Union’s membership comprises 54 countries in Africa, with Morocco the only African state that is not a member and the membership of Burkina Faso and the Central African Republic suspended due to internal crises. The asset freezes and travel bans are AU-wide.