The Council of the European Union (EU) has officially renewed its restrictive sanctions against Burundi till end of October 2017. It extends a 2015 sanction on four individuals who exert high political and security clout in the country.

According to a statement from the Council, the latest sanction consists of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities were deemed to be undermining democracy or obstructing the search for a political solution to the crisis in Burundi.

The EU also bemoaned acts of violence, repression or incitement to violence, and acts which constitute serious human rights violations in the country. They also called for restraint on the part of the government and other political stakeholders.

‘‘The Council considered that the absence of progress in the situation regarding the four persons under restrictive measures justified the prolongation of the sanctions”, the statement added.