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NGOs Encourage Bulgarian Parliament to Legislate to Provide Rights for People with Disabilities

The World Organisation Against Torture, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and the Mental Disability Advocacy Center call on the Bulgarian Parliament to legislate to stop human rights violations of persons with mental disabilities.

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Statement on human rights defenders on the occasion of the OSCE Civil Society Forum, Helsinki, 2-3 December 2008

Statement by the International Partnership for Human Rights, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee

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Bulgarian Helsinki Committee strongly opposes the voted downsizing of the Bulgarian Protection against Discrimination Commission by parliament

Today parliament voted at first reading in favour of the proposed downsizing of the Bulgarian equality body from 9 to 7 members. The BHC insists that this should not be repeated at the second reading.

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Ban on burqas is a taboo topic for European Union leaders

The Chairman of the European Commission (EC) Jose Manuel Barroso and the Chairman of the Council of the European Union (CEU) Herman Van Rompuy refused to comment on the actions of some member states towards a ban on Muslim head-cloths.

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Montana Court decrees that Armenian girl is released from Busmantsi detention center

Pregnant Armenian asylum-seeker Arevik is to be released from detention in Busmantsi

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BHC turns 18

18 years since the establishment of the BHC

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Supreme Administrative Court obliges Health Ministry to ensure treatment for cancer patients

A three-member panel of the Supreme Administrative court delivered a judgement against the Minister of Health and ordered him to fulfil the obligations accruing from Regulation No. 34, which regulates the provision of expensive medicines to cancer patients, patients suffering from rare diseases and kidney diseases.

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Joint Declaration of four human rights organizations against the neo-fascist danger in Bulgaria

Joint declaration of four human rights organizations on the brutal beating by a group of neo-Nazis of protesters on their way to a protest meeting against the illegal detention of foreigners at the Busmantsi Detention Center for Undocumented Aliens