Burundi’s sanctions have been lifted by the United States. Activists, on the other hand, have slammed the action as a “simplistic” easing of sanctions. This article is published by Democracy Digest. Here is an excerpt:
Human rights activists, civil society groups and opposition figures criticized the U.S. decision to lift sanctions on Burundi.
The US ended visa restrictions imposed on eleven individuals complicit in human rights abuses due to “the changed circumstances in Burundi and President Ndayishimiye’s pursuit of reforms across multiple sectors over the past year,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Exiled Burundian lawyer and human rights defender Armel Niyongere (above) had called on the international community and France not to resume cooperation with Burundi, where he said human rights are not respected. “Since Evariste Ndayishimiye, the new president elected in June 2020, took power, there has been a continuous regression: many cases of forced disappearances, torture, assassinations,” he told AFP.
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