The BHC report on the state of human rights in 2019 has been published

The BHC report on the state of human rights in 2019 has been published

Some of the highlights of the report are: Severe political pressure on journalists and the media; Discrediting and hindering the activity of the civil sector; Defamation of the court, legislative changes that call into question the logic of the law and the scandalous election of a new chief prosecutor.

You will also see in the report:

  • 13 convictions of the ECtHR against Bulgaria
  • 497 pending complaints against Bulgaria before the ECtHR
  • 169 outstanding ECtHR judgments monitored by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
  • 10,401 people are accommodated in specialized institutions for adults, another 2,468 are waiting for accommodation
  • The reform in the homes for the elderly envisages BGN 3.3 million to be invested in community services, and BGN 38 million to go for the creation of new residential services
  • Three NGOs have filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Justice against the EC for funding initiatives that lead to segregation of people with disabilities in Bulgaria
  • 2338 are the issued orders for immediate protection from domestic violence under the Protection from Domestic Violence Act (PDPA).
  • Bulgaria drops from 18th to 49th in the World Economic Forum’s Gender-Equality Index
  • 99.14% of the beneficiaries of childcare allowance for children under 2 years of age are women, as well as 90.3% of the beneficiaries of childcare allowance for a sick family member
  • At least ¼ of all women who gave birth during the year were subject to activity classified as violence in a report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women
  • In several anti-Roma actions (in the village of Voyvodinovo in January and in the town of Gabrovo in April), hundreds of people, including children, the elderly and people with disabilities, were evicted from their only homes without any alternative accommodation.
  • 26% of surveyed detainees complained of police violence during detention; 20% – from violence inside the police station
  • 661 people have spent more than six months in detention without conviction and often in inhumane and degrading living conditions. For the year, 5 suicide attempts and two deaths were registered in the detention centers
  • The Bulgarian government fails to detect and detain approximately 10,000 to 15,000 foreigners per year in order to avoid subsequently liability under the Dublin Regulation or readmission agreements.
  • No integration measures or activities were available to recognized refugees or foreigners granted humanitarian status. Thus, the situation of zero integration of refugees in Bulgaria continues for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Authorities continue to ignore the need to legislate a number of rights for non-heterosexual, trans and intersex people, although Sofia Pride has seen an increase in the number of participants once again – more than 6,500 people marched in Sofia on June 8 to support the equality of these groups.

Download the report: https://bghelsinki.org/web/files/reports/123/files/BHC-Human-Rights-in-Bulgaria-in-2019-bg_issn-2367-6930.pdf