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Migration: Key fundamental rights concerns - Quarterly bulletin 2
May
2019

Migration: Key fundamental rights concerns - Quarterly bulletin 2

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The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has been regularly collecting data on migration since September 2015. This report focuses on the fundamental rights situation of people arriving in Member States and EU candidate countries particularly affected by migration movements. It addresses fundamental rights concerns between 1 January and 31 March 2019.
Roma women in nine EU Member States
April
2019

Roma women in nine EU Member States

Report
Despite efforts by the European Union (EU) and its Member States to reduce gender inequalities among citizens of Roma origin, important gender differences persist. Drawing on FRA’s own survey research in nine EU Member States this report highlights the position of Roma women in education, employment and health, as well as the extent to which they experience hate-motivated discrimination, harassment and physical violence.
Beyond the peak: challenges remain, but migration numbers drop
March
2019

Beyond the peak: challenges remain, but migration numbers drop

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This report looks into the fundamental rights situation of asylum applicants and beneficiaries of international protection in the EU throughout 2018. It pulls together the main issues identified in FRA’s regular updates on fundamental rights related to asylum, migration and borders in selected EU Member States, which the agency has been publishing since September 2015.

Bulgaria, Народно събрание на Република България, Стенограма на сто шестдесет и девето заседание на 43-то Народно събрание

One of the parliamentary groups used a general reference to the Charter to criticise the legislative action of the ruling party in general and, in particular, some amendments in the Elections Code (Изборен кодекс). It was said that the Charter, among others, laid minimum standards on fundamental rights, which recent legislation did not comply with. No particular amendments were cited in specific relation with the Charter.
Стенограми от пленарни заседания

Bulgaria, Народно събрание на Република България, Стенограма на сто шестдесет и девето заседание на 43-то Народно събрание

One of the parliamentary groups presented a draft law on amending the Elections Code (Изборен кодекс). One of the amendments concerned the repeal of the prohibition to use languages other than the official one in pre-election campaigns. The political party advocated for the repeal, stating that freedom of expression is a right, reiterated in a number of international documents like the ECHR and the Charter, mentioned only generally.
Стенограми от пленарни заседания

Bulgaria, Народно събрание на Република България, Стенограма на петдесет и пето заседание на 43-то Народно събрание

The reference to the Charter was general and concerned draft amendments in the Civil Procedure Code (Граждански процесуален кодекс) in the area of enforcement orders (please see above). In the related parliamentary debate, the leader of the group of parliamentarians, submitting the draft, reiterated that the impugned provisions contradicted the Charter.
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Bulgaria, Народно събрание на Република България, Стенограма на четиридесет и първо заседание на 43-то Народно събрание

Two references to the Charter were made during that parliamentary session. Both were part of the report of the Legal Affairs Committee (Комисия по правни въпроси) presented before the plenary session and concerning draft amendments in the Criminal Code (Наказателен кодекс). Both were contained in statements of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Bulgaria (PORB) (Прокуратура на Република България, ПРБ) and concerned drafts submitted by the populist party ATAKA. One draft concerned amendments in the provisions on self-defence, which the PORB considered contradictory to the right to life, enshrined, among others, in Art. 2, item 1 of the Charter. The amendments envisaged broadening of the scope of exemption of criminal liability on the grounds of self-defence. Currently, the self-defense rule applies to cases of defending one’s home against breaking in or entering by force. The new provision would have added to the scope of self-defence the following cases: defending a home, irrespective of its ownership and the way the intruder has entered it; defending any other property, including movable property (e.g. cars); and damages caused to the intruder are the result of special security measures (including technical devices) undertaken by the defending person. The other concerned criminalisation of manifestation of homosexual orientation, which the PORB considered contradictory to the Charter in general..
Стенограми от пленарни заседания

Bulgaria, Народно събрание на Република България, Стенограма на тридесет и осмо заседание на 43-то Народно събрание

The parliamentary group of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) (Движение за права и свободи, ДПС) presented a declaration, condemning a planned Neo-Nazi march. The declaration stated that the proclamation of Nazi ideology contradicted a number of international human rights standards, including the Charter. The reference to the Charter was general.
Стенограми от пленарни заседания

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