The EU announced today that it has renewed its restrictive measures against Burundi for another year, until 31 October 2018. The measures apply to 4 people “whose activities are deemed to be undermining democratic governance and obstructing the search for a peaceful political solution in Burundi”, including “acts of violence, repression or incitement to violence and acts which constitute serious human rights violations”. The EU considered that “the absence of progress in the situation in Burundi justified the renewal of the sanctions for another year”. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1933, amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1763.
The EU has published a Notice for those on the Burundi list, renewing their inclusion in the Annex to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1763 (as amended) and in Annex I to Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1755. The Notice explains that they can submit a request to the EU Council before 2 July 2018 for a reconsideration of their inclusion, and can challenge the Council’s listing decision in the EU General Court.