European Union Lifts Sanctions Against Burundi

Burundi President Evariste Ndayishimiye

The Burundian government has revealed that the European Union (EU), on Monday lifted its sanctions after the union met with the ambassador to the country.

The EU had in 2016 imposed a set of sanctions on Burundi as the citizens protested an attempt of the former president, Pierre Nkurunziza, to win a third mandate. The European Union suspended financial relationships between itself and the country as well as blacklisted some members of Nkurunziza’s government.

The sanctions were received in bad faith as it caused a series of protests against the EU.

But with the suspension of the sanctions, the union and Burundi have resumed positive diplomatic relations and it would no longer be subjected to article 96 that broke the financial relationship.

The suspension comes one year after Evariste Ndayishimiye succeeded Nkurunziza as president.

Human rights observers have however claimed that the lifting of the sanctions may not signify an end to the human rights violations happening in the country since the 2020 elections.

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