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The CPT publishes report on Bulgaria


The objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation. The main conclusions of the CPT are set out in the executive summary of the report. In their response, the Bulgarian authorities provide information on the...

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CPT holds high-level talks in Bulgaria


The main objective was to discuss the measures taken by the Bulgarian authorities to implement the CPT’s recommendations set out in the report on the CPT’s 2017 visit to Bulgaria and, more generally, to advance the on-going dialogue between the Committee and the Bulgarian authorities. Among the...

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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee publishes Bulgarian response to the report on the 2017 visit


In the report the CPT had made recommendations on treatment and conditions of detention of persons in police custody and penitentiary establishments, also the treatment, conditions and legal safeguards offered to psychiatric patients, residents of social care institutions, as well as immigration...

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Bulgaria: Anti-torture committee says conditions in social care institutions could be described as inhuman and degrading; the situation in penitentiary establishments generally improved


Regarding the treatment of persons in police custody, the Committee concludes that, in some respects, the findings of the 2017 visit suggest that there might have been a slight improvement since the previous visit to Bulgaria in 2015, especially as regards the severity of alleged ill-treatment....

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Activities Activities

High-level talks: 15/01/2019

Ad hoc visit: 10/12/2018 - 17/12/2018

Periodic visit: 25/09/2017 - 06/10/2017

Public Statement: 26/03/2015

  • Public Statement concerning Bulgaria: French version: Bulgarian version:  [CPT/Inf (2015) 17]
  • Publication news flash

Ad hoc visit: 13/02/2015 - 20/02/2015

  • CPT report: [CPT/Inf (2015) 36]
    • Executive summary:
  • Government response: [CPT/Inf (2015) 37]
  • Publication news flash

Periodic visit: 24/03/2014 - 03/04/2014

  • CPT report: [CPT/Inf (2015) 12]
    • Executive summary
  • Government response: [CPT/Inf (2015) 13]
  • Publication news flash

Ad hoc visit: 04/05/2012 - 10/05/2012

Periodic visit: 18/10/2010 - 29/10/2010

Ad hoc visit: 15/12/2008 - 19/12/2008

  • CPT report: [CPT/Inf (2010) 29]
  • Government response: [CPT/inf (2010) 30]

Periodic visit: 10/09/2006 - 21/09/2006

Ad hoc visit: 16/12/2003 - 22/12/2003

Periodic visit: 17/04/2002 - 26/04/2002

Periodic visit: 25/04/1999 - 07/05/1999


Periodic visit: 26/03/1995 - 07/04/1995

  • CPT report: [CPT/Inf (97) 1]
  • Government responses: [CPT/Inf (97) 1]