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Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (Български хелзинкски комитет) (2017), Human rights in Bulgaria in 2016 (Правата на човека в България през 2016 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

Hate speech

Target Population

Muslims Migrants Refugees & asylum seekers Ethnic minorities

Key findings

The report is the annual human rights report issued by the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) (Български хелзинкски комитет, БХК). Based on the findings of other reports and studies, media publications and decisions of public bodies, the report concludes that the use of hate speech is increasing and is often tolerated and even praised. According to the report, the media often give the floor to racist, xenophobic and homophobic activists, while the law enforcement bodies fail to timely and effectively investigate and prosecute hate crime.

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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