Sanctions Profile: Burundi

At a glance

EU sanctions on Burundi were first imposed in October 2015, by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1755 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1763, following Pierre Nkurunziza’s disputed election to a third term as President, breaking a decade-old agreement on a two-term limit, and the violent crisis that followed.

The UK adopted The Burundi (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/1142) on 1 January 2021.

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US revokes Burundi sanctions

The US has terminated its Burundi sanctions regime in response to positive action taken by President Ndayishimiye and significantly decreased violence in the county. President Biden issued an Executive Order (E.O.) to revoke E.O. 13712 “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi”, which was originally issued in November 2015 (see previous post and post). All people …


US & EU sanctions regimes renewed, third countries align with EU sanctions & Kingpin Act designations

In recent weeks, multiple sanctions regimes have been renewed by the US and EU: The US renewed its regimes in respect of Columbia narcotics trafficking (Letter and Notice) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Letter and Notice) for 1 year, by continuing the relevant national emergencies. The EU adopted: Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1800 which renewed its Nicaragua sanctions regime …

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Third countries align with Burundi sanctions

The EU has announced that 9 third countries have decided to align with the EU Council’s adoption of Decision (CFSP) 2020/1585, which renewed sanctions in respect of Burundi for 1 year. The third countries are: North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Ukraine and Moldova.


US renews non-proliferation, Iran & Burundi sanctions for 1 year

Non-proliferation sanctions  The US has extended the national emergency as declared in Executive Order 12938, as amended, to renew for 1 year sanctions which target the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them. Statement here.  Iran In 1979, by Executive Order 12170, the US declared a national emergency in respect of Iran, and imposed asset …

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EU renews Moldova and Burundi sanctions for 1 year

The EU has renewed for 1 year until 31 December 2021 its sanctions in respect of: Moldova – see Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1586; and Burundi – see Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1578 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1585.

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1755

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1755

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1605

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1578


Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1763

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1763

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1745

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1933

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1612

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1788

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1585

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1826

The Burundi (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/1142)