The EU imposed sanctions on Burundi in October 2015 (see previous blog). It has now said that it “stands ready” to extend those sanctions to “those whose actions might have led or might lead to acts of violence and repression, serious human rights abuses, or might hamper the search for a political solution”. The announcement comes in light of the EU’s continuing concern at the reports of human rights abuses in Burundi, some of which are said to involve its security forces. The EU press release is here.
In October 2015, the EU imposed targeted sanctions on 4 Burundian nationals whose activities were said to be undermining democracy, through violence and serious human rights violations, following President Nkurunziza’s disputed re-election. In order to “keep open the channels of dialogue”, President Nkurunziza was not himself sanctioned.