Europe extends sanctions against Burundi violatorsFrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, Burundi
BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) –THE Council of the European Union (EU) has renewed restrictive measures against four unnamed Burundians seen as mastermind to the deadly political violence blamed on the government of President Pierre Nkurunziza.
The sanctions renewed until October 2017 consist of a travel ban and asset freeze.
The officials are accused of acts of violence, repression or incitement to violence, and acts which constitute serious human rights violations.
The EU Council considered the absence of progress in the situation regarding the four persons under restrictive measures justified the prolongation of the sanctions.
EU has since the imposition of sanctions a year ago not disclosed the identity of the four alleged perpetrators.
However, indications are that head of cabinet of the presidential administration in charge of national police, Gervais Ndirakobuca, and Godefroid Bizimana, deputy head of national police, are on the list.
Government security forces have cracked down on opponents of Nkurunziza, who last year clung to power in the central African country despite the lapse of his second term.
Hundreds have been killed and scores tortured or abducted.
– CAJ News
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