Bishop of Durham asks about sanctions imposed on Burundi

The Bishop of Durham received the following written answer to a question on 7th March 2022:

The Lord Bishop of Durham asked Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, if any, to revisit the sanctions imposed on Burundi after the lifting of sanctions by the EU and United States of America.

Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park (Con): We note that the US Government revoked its Burundi sanctions regime in November 2021 and that in February 2022 the EU lifted its suspension on direct financial assistance to the Government of Burundi.

The EU retains a separate sanctions regime on Burundi, under which four individuals are designated. The UK’s Burundi (Sanctions) Regulations 2021 are no longer in force. No individuals or entities were designated under those regulations. However we remain concerned about reports of human rights violations and abuses being committed against political opposition, critical voices and human rights defenders in Burundi. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is therefore working on re-laying new Regulations to allow us to impose sanctions rapidly if needed. As required by Section 30 of the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, the Government will report annually to Parliament on all sanctions regimes.


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