Background

President Obama issued an executive order Nov. 23 imposing certain sanctions against four persons in Burundi determined to be responsible for or complicit in, or who have engaged in, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security or stability of Burundi, undermine democratic processes or institutions in Burundi, or have committed human rights abuses or engaged in various other actions in that country.

Specifically, E.O. 13712 blocks all property and interests in property that are in the U.S., that come within the U.S., or that are or come within the possession or control of any U.S. person, and which may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn or otherwise dealt in, of four current or former government officials in Burundi, including the minister of public security and the former minister of defense, as well as any person determined by the Treasury Department in consultation with the State Department to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, certain actions in Burundi.

President Obama stated in a Nov. 22 letter to the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate that the situation in Burundi, which has been marked by the killing of and violence against civilians, unrest, the incitement of imminent violence and significant political repression, constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy and warrants the imposition of sanctions. 

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