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In 2015, U.S. President Obama issued an Executive Order applying sanctions against certain persons who have contributed to the ongoing crisis and escalating violence in Burundi. The Order stipulates the authority of OFAC to block the assets of those who have engaged in in actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability of the African country. The U.S. joined the EU and the African Union in imposing sanctions on those Burundian entities who undermine the country’s democratic processes, or who are responsible for human rights abuses against the people of Burundi. These sanctions aim to freeze all U.S. assets of those named, and prohibit U.S. nationals from engaging in transactions with said Burundi nationals.

Burundi Sanctions: Executive Orders

  • Executive Order 13712—Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Burundi (November 23, 2015)

Burundi Sanctions: Statutes

  • International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
  • National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651

Burundi Sanctions: Code of Federal Regulations

  • 31 CFR 554—Burundi Sanctions Regulations

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