EU Sanctions Four People for Roles in Burundi’s Violence

The European Union imposed travel restrictions and an asset freeze against four people it said are linked to violence that’s undermining democracy and obstructing efforts to end Burundi’s crisis.

Details about the targeted individuals will be published in the EU’s official journal on Friday, the European Council said in a statement on its website. The EU said it has repeatedly urged all parties in the landlocked East African nation to refrain from and condemn any bloodshed.

“Progress is not being made in the search for a political solution to the crisis in Burundi and there is a risk of an escalation of violence,” the council said.

More than 130 people have died in Burundi in clashes sparked by President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision in late April to run for a third term. Some of the slain were found with their hands tied behind their back or their bodies showed other signs of torture, according to the United Nations.

Opponents say Nkurunziza’s re-election in July violates a two-term limit set in peace accords that ended a 12-year civil war in 2005.

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