On 23 September 2017, the Council rolled over the EU restrictive measures against Burundi until 31 October 2018. The measures were first adopted on 1 October 2015 and consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities were deemed to be undermining democracy and obstructing efforts to achieve a political solution to the crisis in Burundi. These activities include acts of violence, repression or incitement to violence, and acts which constitute serious human rights violations.

The names of the persons concerned and the reasons for listing them are included in the annex to the decision of 1 October 2015 published in the Official Journal.

Since June 2015, the EU has called on parties in Burundi to refrain from any acts of violence and to end the cycle of impunity of perpetrators. The Council considered that the absence of progress in the situation in relation to the four persons justified the prolongation of the sanctions.

The Council’s press release and further details are available here.