President Obama expels Burundi from Agoa for rights violations

President Barack Obama addresses the International Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference at McCormick Place on October 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The US president has expelled Burundi from the Agoa trade pact for human rights violations and failure to institute political pluralism. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • “In particular,” the president declared, “the continuing crackdown on opposition members, which has included assassinations, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, and torture, have worsened significantly during the election campaign that returned President Nkurunziza to power earlier this year.”
  • Removal of Burundi from the roster of Agoa eligible countries can be seen more as a political gesture than as a significant sanction.

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