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Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (Български хелзинкски комитет) (2013), Human rights in Bulgaria in 2012 (Правата на човека в България през 2012 г.), Sofia, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Civil society organisation


Bulgarian Helsinki Committee | Български хелзинкски комитет

Main Thematic Focus

Islamophobia Religious freedom Hate speech

Target Population

Muslims Refugees & asylum seekers Religious minorities

Key findings

The report is the annual human rights report issued by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) (Български хелзинкски комитет, БХК). It lists numerous violations of the religious freedom of Muslims, including a series of acts of vandalism against praying homes, the prosecution of a group of Muslims for preaching radical Islam, and a decision of a municipal council to respond to the request of the local Muslim community to build a mosque by holding a local referendum. The report also highlights the strong presence of hate speech in some media and the continuing inability of competent authorities, including the various media ethics boards, to deal with this problem.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

The report does not have its own methodology. It combines the findings of other studies and reports with an overview of events and incidents that happened throughout the year.

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