Court: Bulgaria breached human rights law by refusing to register an organisation promoting Muslim rights

According to human rights judges, the refusal of Bulgarian authorities to register an association promoting the rights of the Muslim minority was not “necessary in a democratic society.”

Bulgaria: Court finds human rights violations following high-profile arrest of finance ministry official

The case concerned the arrest of Tencho Nikolov Popov, former secretary general of the Ministry of Finance, during a police operation that received extensive media coverage.

Bulgaria: Human rights judges make €100,000 award after ‘Operation Octopus’ organised crime crackdown

A media-hyped crackdown against Bulgarians suspected of involvement in organised crime, money-laundering and prostitution, led to human rights violations, the European court has ruled.

Report: Bulgaria needs a more cohesive and systematic approach to prevent corruption

That is the judgement of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against corruption (GRECO), which published today its Fourth Round Evaluation Report on the country’s capacity to fight graft.

Bulgaria : Anti-torture experts speak out over “persistent failures” in treatment of jailed and detained people

Bulgarian authorities have failed to address “fundamental shortcomings” in the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty, despite the specific recommendations repeatedly made by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT).