Sanctions Profile: Burundi

At a glance

EU sanctions on Burundi were first imposed in October 2015, by 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.

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The sanctions imposed asset freezes and travel bans on four senior figures in Burundi whose activities were said to be undermining democracy in the country, in particular through violence and serious abuses of human rights. They remain the only four individuals on the sanctions list.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:

Targeted

  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

  1. People and entities undermining democracy or obstructing the search for a political solution in Burundi, including by acts of violence, repression or inciting violence;
  2. People and entities involved in planning, directing, or committing acts that violate international human rights law or international humanitarian law, as applicable, or that constitute serious human rights abuses, in Burundi; and
  3. People and entities associated with those above.

 

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Third countries align with recent EU sanctions

Chemical Weapons:  Last month, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1544, which established a new sanctions regime targeting the use and proliferation of chemical weapons (see previous blog).  The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Norway, and Georgia. See EU Press Release.  Moldova, Rep of Guinea […]

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US extends Burundi sanctions

In November 2015, the US adopted Executive Order 13712, which declared a national emergency in respect of Burundi (US asset freezes and travel bans were imposed on persons contributing to the situation in Burundi). Last week (16 November 2018), President Donald Trump extended those sanctions for 1 year by continuing the national emergency as declared. […]

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EU extends Rep of Guinea, Moldova & Burundi sanctions for 1 year

The EU has extended for 1 year its sanctions in respect of: The Republic of Guinea – see Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1611 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1604 (measures extended until 27 October 2019). Moldova – see Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1610 (measures extended until 31 October 2019). Burundi – see Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1612, Council Implementing Regulation […]

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EU renews Burundi sanctions

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 […]

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EU renews Burundi sanctions

The EU has decided to renew its sanctions relating to Burundi until 31 October 2017. The sanctions impose asset freezes and travel bans on four people whose activities were said to be undermining democracy or the search for a political solution to the crisis in the Burundi, following President Nkurunziza’s disputed re-election (see previous blog). […]

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Current Sanctions

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Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1755

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1605

Consolidated

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

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018