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Statement

Commissioner's statement on the murder of Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova

08/10/2018 Strasbourg

"I am appalled by the murder of journalist Victoria Marinova in Bulgaria. I call on the authorities to urgently and fully investigate this horrendous crime and ensure that those responsible, including the masterminds, are held accountable. The fact that her latest reporting work was related to...

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Opinion article

The Istanbul Convention protects women, without hidden purposes

25/01/2018

24 Hours, 25 January 2018 For many people, home means a refuge, a place where one can enjoy family life freely and safely, where love is a part of everyday life. But for victims of domestic violence, home means just the opposite. It is a place where torment and violence turn a refuge into a trap,...

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Opinion article

Иcтaнбyлcкaта конвенция е cpещy наcилието над жени, няма cкрити цели

24 Часа, 25 January 2018 За много хора думата „дом“ означава убежище, място, където човек може да се радва на семейния живот свободно, в безопасност и където любовта е част от ежедневието. Но за жертвите на домашно насилие „дом“ означава точно обратното. Това се оказва място, в което тормозът и...

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Letter

Commissioner calls on the Bulgarian Parliament to ratify the Istanbul Convention

22/01/2018 Strasbourg

In a letter addressed to the President of the Parliament of Bulgaria published today, Commissioner Muižnieks urged Bulgaria to move quickly forward on its path towards the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence...

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Steps forward in protecting persons with disabilities in Bulgaria

24 Chasa, 6 July 2016 Imagine tomorrow you are forced to leave your house and move to an impersonal, large social care institution, far away from your family and friends. You cannot challenge this decision, because somebody has the legal right to decide in your place. From now on, you are no...

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Letter

European countries must stop forced evictions of Roma

16/02/2016 Strasbourg

“Many Roma continue to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing continue unabated across Europe, in violation of member...

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Country visit report

Progress on human rights protection remains slow in Bulgaria

22/06/2015 Strasbourg

Read the report “Bulgaria has made some progress in strengthening human rights protection, but this remains slow and fragile, in particular as regard the rights of persons placed in institutions, the human rights of migrants and media freedom,” said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe...

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Visit to Bulgaria

Bulgaria: progress needed to better protect children, improve media freedom and uphold the human rights of migrants

12/02/2015 Sofia

« Bulgaria should ensure that children’s rights are fully respected in the process of de-institutionalisation and reforming the juvenile justice system» said today Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, at the end of a three-day visit to Bulgaria. "Bulgaria should stop...

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Human rights of children and minorities in Bulgaria need better protection

Strasbourg, 22/2/2012 - Letter - "The conditions of children in institutions and the protection of the rights of minorities remain issues of concern in Bulgaria. While the authorities have now adopted strategies and action plans to address these problems, it is crucial that these are implemented...

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Report on visit to Bulgaria

Bulgaria: Minorities and children must be better protected

09/02/2010 Strabourg

"More efforts are needed to better protect minorities and children and to ensure that their needs are embedded in the decision making process," said Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. He publishes today a report on his visit to Bulgaria carried out in November...

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