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Thursday, 17 December 2015

EP: Freeze EU aid to the Burundi government

Growing insecurity, the lack of political moves towards reconciliation and worsening humanitarian conditions in Burundi, a country that tops the Global Hunger Index, are highlighted by MEPs in a resolution voted by a show of hands on Thursday. They welcome consultations under the Cotonou Agreement that could lead to suspension of EU aid to the Burundi government, and ask the EU and its member states to consider re-directing non-humanitarian EU aid to civil society there. MEPs condemn the latest attacks in which Burundi security forces killed at least 87 people in seemingly "random executions" and urge Burundi to end torture and persecution, including of the press, political opponents and human rights activists. They urge Burundi to reinstate the rule of law, put an end to impunity and bring the culprits to justice. The abuse of the Constitution by current Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza must stop and the failed national reconciliation dialogue should resume, they add.

Source:  European Parliament