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).

Bulgaria: Lifer’s strict prison regime breaches human rights law, say judges

Judges ruled today that the strict prison regime imposed on a Bulgarian life prisoner is a violation of his human rights.

Bulgaria: Whole life prisoner wants human rights sanction for strict regime

The case concerns the strict prison regime, involving isolation, of life prisoner Halil Adem Hasan.