Although the Member States have the freedom whether or not to authorise marriage between persons of the same sex, they may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State, a derived right of residence in their territory
Liberties member the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee has published its annual report on the human rights situation in Bulgaria, which found stagnation and deterioration of rights protections in a number of key areas.
Forced evictions of Roma people from their only homes, serious regression in the field of women's rights and the collapse of media freedom are part of the topics on focus
Fair trial defenders meet in Sofia to discuss threats to justice in Europe at the time of the Bulgarian EU Presidency
Over 80 members of the Legal Experts Advisory Panel (LEAP) – the European network of criminal defence lawyers, academics, and NGO activists fighting to uphold the right to a fair trial in their national jurisdictions – coming from 26 countries of the EU will descend on Sofia to discuss a host of critical challenges in the fight to ensure that fundamental human rights are respected in European criminal justice systems and to plan how to overcome them.
Krassimir Kanev, the chairman of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, analyses the role of human rights in the Bulgarian government's Programme for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.