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Fundamental rights

Fundamental rights are one of the basic components of every democratic society. The effective exercise of fundamental rights requires not only an adequate legal framework, but also an established institutional infrastructure and an active civil society. To contribute to the better protection of fundamental rights the Law Program initiated and worked actively for the establishment of the ombudsman institution in Bulgaria, drafting a concept paper and a draft law and developing the web-based Ombudsman Information Network. The Law Program has also monitored the level of ethnic discrimination in Bulgaria and the efforts of the government to ensure equal treatment of all ethnic groups in the country. The respect for the rights of specific vulnerable groups such as children, victims of crime, asylum seekers and prisoners are also in the focus of the Law Program’s activities.


Events

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Victims of Crime – New Trends in Identifying, Needs Assessment and Referral in Bulgaria and the EU
Despite the transposition of the EU acquis on the protection of victims of crime, Bulgaria is still lagging behind in providing victims adequate support and participation in criminal proceedings. more »
 
Protection of the Rights of Victims of Trafficking in Human Beings
In order for the referral, support and protection of the rights of victims of trafficking of human beings (THB) to be effective, stakeholders need to work in cooperation towards a common goal and each of them should understand the others’ perspectives. more »
 
Free movement of young Europeans in times of crisis
The right of free movement within the European Union is a way for young Europeans to achieve their adequate career path, following their education, and reach a better quality of life. more »
 
Identification, needs assessment and referral of victims of crime in the EU and in Bulgaria – legal and social dimensions
Social services are seriously hampered in identifying, assessing individual needs and referring victims of crime to services due to lack of clarity and resulting gaps in legislation, due to which institutional functions are not comprehensively defined. This was the conclusion reached by the participants in the training seminar ‘Identification, needs assessment and referral of victims of crime in the EU and Bulgaria – legal and social dimensions’, organized by the Center for the Study of Democracy. more »
 

Publications

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Victims’ Booklet
The Victims’ Booklet has been published under the initiative ‘Pro Victims Justice through an Enhanced Rights’ Protection and Stakeholders Cooperation’ and looks at the stages of criminal proceedings and the rights of victims of crime under the national legislation of Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and Sweden. more »
 
Referral Mechanism to Assist Victims of Crime in Domestic and Cross-Border Cases
The Referral Mechanism to Assist Victims of Crime in Domestic and Cross-Border Cases has been published under the initiative ‘Pro Victims Justice through an Enhanced Rights’ Protection and Stakeholders Cooperation’ and looks at legal framework of victim protection on European and national level, the procedures for identifying victims in Bulgaria, Romania, Germany and Sweden and the respective indicators. more »
 
Analysis of social orientation in six EU Member States
Experts from six EU Member States – Bulgaria, Belgium, Greece, Austria, Romania and Latvia – led by the Center for the Study of Democracy completed the analysis of the systems of social orientation for non-nationals in the participating countries under the initiative ‘Preventing and Combatting Racism and Xenophobia through Social Orientation of Non-Nationals – RACCOMBAT’. more »
 
Country reports on the factors affecting the social status of suspects and accused
The country reports summarise the findings of the analysis of the factors affecting the social status of suspects and accused in four EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. Each report offers information about the legal restrictions and remand measures applied on suspects and accused during the criminal proceedings, their impact on the accused person’s economic status, personal life, and family and community links, and the rules and practices for disclosing information about the proceedings to third persons, to the public and to the media more »
 


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LAW ON THE OMBUDSMAN
(Promulgated in State Gazette No. 48 of May 23, 2003, in force since January 1, 2004)

Law on Local Self-Government and Local Administration
(excerpt)