Dec 9, 2021

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US lifts sanctions against Burundi after six years

On Thursday, the US lifted the sanctions against Burundi that had been imposed on then President Pierre Nkurunziza since 2015.

More than a thousand people died and many more were injured.

During the 2015 political crisis, Burundian security forces and high-ranking government officials were accused of serious human rights abuses.

On November 22, 2015, the US issued an executive order declaring Burundi a national emergency. This has resulted in the freezing of property of some government officials alleged to have played a role in the violations.

“The handover after the 2020 elections has significantly reduced the violence … So I hereby resign the national State of emergency declared in Executive Ordinance 13712, and revoke this order, “states the order signed by President Joe Bidden.

The sanctions will be lifted two days after the US Ambassador to Burundi , Melanie H. Higgins, met Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye in Gitega.

At the official opening of the National Development Forum in Bujumbura on Thursday, President Ndayishimiye said that relations with the USA are improving.

In 2015, the European Union also imposed sanctions on Burundi after the United Nations reported serious human rights violations, and continued the direct hi run out for the country. At that time, more than 50 percent of the Burundian budget was dependent on donors.

The dialogue between Burundi and the European Union on the lifting of sanctions is at an advanced stage.

The resumption The political dialogue took place a few months after the incumbent President of Burundi took office last June.

President Ndayishimiye is also working to improve relations with neighboring countries, including Rwanda, and the rest of the international community.