EU may extend Burundi sanctions

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.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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