Burundi: EU threatens sanctions over use of violence in crisis

| June 29, 2015

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The European Union is warning Burundi that it might impose sanctions on those responsible for violence during the country’s ongoing crisis. The European Union may also consider other steps against the aid-reliant nation.

Foreign ministers from the EU released a statement which reads: “The EU is determined to adopt, if necessary, targeted restrictive measures against those whose actions might have led or might lead to acts of violence and repression and serious human rights violations.”

Burundi is facing its worst political crisis since the ethnically-fuelled civil war ended in 2005. The European Union funds about half of Burundi’s annual budget.

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Photo: A protester who is against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his bid for a third term dances as she carries her child in Bujumbura, Burundi, June 4, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic