European Union lifts Sanctions Against Burundi

European Union has said it is lifting its financial sanctions against Burundi

EU cited a peaceful political environment and progress by the Burundian government in several areas, including human rights and the voluntary return of refugees into the country.

It however noted that persistent challenges remained in the areas of human rights, good governance, reconciliation and the rule of law.

The lifting of sanctions follows a similar decision by the United States last year.

The sanctions were imposed in twenty-sixteen after the late President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to pursue a third term in office, which triggered deadly street protests.