EU taking steps to impose sanctions on Niger
The European Union initiated measures to impose sanctions on members of Niger's military junta, marking a significant development three months after they seized power in a military takeover.
Monday, the EU Council revealed that it had taken steps to enact a framework
that would empower it to impose sanctions on "individuals and entities
found responsible for actions that pose a threat to the peace, stability, and
security of Niger."
council explicitly claimed that these sanctions will target individuals who
undermine Niger's constitutional order, democracy, or rule of law.
Additionally, those who engage in human rights violations or abuses will also
range of sanctions will encompass travel bans, asset freezes, and restrictions
on providing funds to those who are sanctioned.
Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell emphasized the EU's support for the efforts
of the West African bloc, Ecowas, and sent a clear message that military takeovers
come at a cost: "With today’s decision, the EU strengthens its support to
Ecowas’ efforts and sends a clear message: military coups bear costs."
it's important to note that the EU has left room for humanitarian exemptions to
asset freeze measures.
European Union's decision comes in the wake of sanctions already imposed on
Niger by Ecowas and the suspension of aid by the United States government.