We monitor the human rights situation in Bulgaria since 1992. We provide Bulgarian and international institutions with expert reports and statements, informing legislators, state administration, as well as the broader society.
We do strategic litigation in selected cases of violations of basic human rights in Bulgaria. We prioritise aiding vulnerable communities for whose members it is unlikely to have access to justice.
We organise campaigns to inform broader Bulgarian and international society on the human rights situation in Bulgaria and we mobilise civil society for causes in defense of human rights.
New Civic Solidarity Platform Statement signed by 37 CSP members, including the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, on U.S. racism and police violence and the human dimension heritage of the OSCE was issued on the 8th of June regarding the mass anti-racial protests in the USA. See full text bellow or at CSP's website.
The Commissioner considers that there is a need for a political and cultural shift in the way minority groups are treated and portrayed in Bulgaria, where hate speech, discrimination and hostility against Roma, LGBTI people and persons belonging to other minority groups remain an issue of acute concern. She calls on the authorities to react vigorously to incidents of hate speech, including by high-level politicians, enhance legal protection against discrimination and hate crimes, and effectively investigate and prosecute such crimes.
Respect and recognition for the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria: strong condemnation of the announcements for a possible deregistration of a human rights organization
More than 70 Bulgarian and 40 foreign and international NGOs expressed their support for the biggest human rights organization in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, after one of the parties in the ruling coalition in Bulgaria, VMRO-BND, asked the Prosecutor General of Bulgaria to initiate proceedings for de-registration, i.e. prohibition of our organization.
For the second year in a row, Bulgaria’s prosecutor general rejected the annual report about the situation of human rights in Bulgaria prepared by Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC)—largest and oldest human rights non-profit in the country.
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee expresses concern over this appointment. For the time that he was chair of the commission on legal affairs Danail Kirilov contributed to weakening the rule of law and undermining civil rights and liberties in Bulgaria with a long-term impact.
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee appeals for your help in saving the homes of 17 Roma families from the village of Voivodinovo, near Plovdiv, South-East Bulgaria. The families are in danger of losing their only homes as a result of forceful demolitions.