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Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (Български хелзинкски комитет) (2015), Human rights in Bulgaria in 2014 (Правата на човека в България през 2014 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

Religious freedom Islamophobia Hate speech

Target Population


Key findings

The report is the annual human rights report issued by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) (Български хелзинкски комитет, БХК). It notes that the religious freedom of Muslims has been subject to numerous violations, including unjustified prosecutions for preaching radical Islam and acts of vandalism against praying homes. The report highlights the reluctance of authorities to investigate the acts of vandalism as religious hate crime. It also points out the anti-Muslim and anti-migrant rhetoric used by some political parties in their campaign for the 2014 parliamentary elections.

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.

Sample details and representativeness


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