On World Refugee Day, UNHCR appeals to leaders and citizens in Bulgaria to protect and welcome refugees rather than discriminate against them.
Bulgarian Helsinki Committee's Annual Report for 2016 : Disturbing limitations on the rights of the most vulnerable groups in Bulgaria
In 2016, the global trends in human rights violations did not bypass Bulgaria. The fear of the potential impact of refugee situation strengthened public support for nationalist movements and led to limiting citizens' rights and freedoms, minority groups and refugees being disproportionately affected, states Bulgarian Helsinki Committee’s annual report, issued since 1994.
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee says the repeal of the regulation on the integration of refugees is illegitimate, immoral and a threat to national security.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on April 6 that Bulgaria violated Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which concerns the right to privacy and family life.
For the Bulgarian parliamentary elections on 26 March 2017, a total of 35 polling stations were opened in Turkey. Considering the drastic reduction in the number of polling stations in Turkey compared to the previous parliamentary elections and the fact that the largest Bulgarian migrant community lives in the city of Bursa, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) sent an observer to monitor the election day in the Turkish city.