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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.


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Protection of the Rights of Victims of Trafficking – European Standards and New Bulgarian experiences
The Center for the Study of Democracy held a roundtable, dedicated to European standards and new Bulgarian experiences in the effective referral, support and protection of the rights of victims of trafficking. more »
 
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 »
 

Publications

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Justice for Women-Towards a more effective rights protection and access to judicial procedures for victims of crimes
The initiative Justice for Women-Towards a more effective rights protection and access to judicial procedures for victims of crimes will be implemented starting September 2018 for a period of 20 months. more »
 
Anti-trafficking stakeholders and economic sectors networking, cooperation to combat the business of human trafficking chain (NET-COMBAT-THB CHAIN)
The initiative Anti-trafficking stakeholders and economic sectors networking, cooperation to combat the business of human trafficking chain (NET-COMBAT-THB CHAIN) will be implemented starting September 2018 for a period of 20 months. more »
 
Practices in educating non-nationals about racism, xenophobia and related intolerance
Within the framework of the international initiative Preventing and Combatting Racism and Xenophobia through Social Orientation of Non-Nationals – RACCOMBAT, led by the Center for the Study of Democracy, the present collection gathers 15 promising practices from 12 EU Member States in the area of including fundamental rights knowledge and empowerment against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance into the overall integration process of non-nationals throughout the Union. more »
 
Referral to legal assistance for victims of human trafficking
The report 'Referral to legal assistance in the case of victims of human trafficking' was developed within the framework of an initiative for strengthening multidisciplinary cooperation to ensure effective referral, assistance and protection of the rights of victims of human trafficking, uniting the efforts of experts from Bulgaria, Romania, Belgium, Spain and Sweden. Victims of human trafficking face frequent challenges, especially regarding legal assistance and representation that should be available throughout the criminal proceedings. 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)