Amnesty International Urges Bulgaria to Halt Attacks on Roma

Society | October 1, 2011, Saturday // 12:46| Views: | Comments: 8
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Amnesty International Urges Bulgaria to Halt Attacks on Roma: Amnesty International Urges Bulgaria to Halt Attacks on Roma Riot police and gendarmerie units are seen trying to counter violent anti-Roma protesters in Sofia. Photo by Sofia Photo Agnecy

The human rights organization Amnesty International urges Bulgarian authorities to stop the escalation of violence, expressed in racially-motivated attacks against the Roma community in the country.

"The Bulgarian authorities have the obligation under international human rights law to ensure the security and the physical integrity of everyone, without any discrimination. They have to exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate, punish and provide redress for racially motivated crimes by private individuals or groups," a special declaration of the organization reads.

Amnesty International further point out they are monitoring the situation and are urging Bulgarian authorities to put in place all the necessary measures to stop racially-motivated attacks against Roma and to duly investigate the racial motivation in attacks against Roma neighborhoods and individuals.

"Allegations that law enforcement officers made no attempt to prevent the violence on 24 September should also be subject to a full and effective investigation, with the results made public and anyone found responsible brought to justice," according to the declaration.

Tensions in Bulgaria were sparked by the September 23 murder of Bulgarian youngster, Angel Petrov, 19, who was deliberately run over by a minivan, driven, according to witnesses, by one of the relatives of notorious Roam boss from Katunitsa, Kiril Rashkov AKA Tsar Kiro. The murder led to massive protests of the ethnic Bulgarians in the village, where Tsar Kiro's mansions are located. They culminated Saturday night into the burning of Rashkov's properties by football hooligans from Plovdiv, which is near to Katunitsa, and by football club fans from the capital Sofia and the southern city of Stara Zagora.

From Monday to Thursday night, protests followed in many major Bulgarian cities, including the capital Sofia. Nearly 350 people in total were arrested by the police after the two nights of rallies that involved what has been perceived as ethnic hatred.

Bulgarian authorities have frozen Rashkov's assets and property while he is investigated on tax evasion charges, the revenue agency has confirmed. Interior Ministry Chief Secretary Kalin Georgiev told the morning broadcast of Nova TV channel Wednesday that Rashkov, AKA Tsar Kiro, has been arrested. On Friday the Regional Court in the town of Asenovgrad decided to keep Rashkov behind bars.

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#8
ankle - 8 Oct 2011 // 12:02:52

“Sofia Notes and ankle,

You are like an ignorant mob of little children and you'll never understand how ignorant you are.”

Mihail,

Are you stereotyping us??

#7
Fiesta Soon - 8 Oct 2011 // 10:33:55

He doesn't get it. He really doesn't get it.......

#6
Mihail - 8 Oct 2011 // 06:40:53

Sofia Notes and ankle,

You are like an ignorant mob of little children and you'll never understand how ignorant you are.

#5
Sofia Notes - 5 Oct 2011 // 16:33:44

Ankle
Who would have thought that something that empty could make such noise. It's like white noise. Drones on and on and on in the background.......

#4
trucky - 3 Oct 2011 // 17:29:11

Amnesty international should not interfere with the peoples court. How dare they try and stop the peoples revenge. There has always been tension amongst true bulgarians and the roma ( who in my opinion should hold a different travel document stating they are roma travelling under the guise of the country they are guests of ) at least when they are captured robbing and thieving their way across europe, people will at least know they are not true nationals. Bulgarians carry their countries name and pride in their hearts. It is true that roma filth earn their living from other peoples misery, and thats the same in any country, we have gypsies too in the uk, and i despise them just as much, for they pray also on the vulnerable, especial,oly the elderly, often extorting vast sums of money for small repairs, they live in caravans, on any land they can get to, pay no taxes, claim every benefit they can, and yet drive the most up to date top of the range vehicles, through their illegal activities. The one solution i can think of to the roma situation ( apart from ethnic cleansing ) is give them their own country ( like the jews after ww2 ) and let them live together, work together, survive together, rob each other together, and leave the genuine to live and work and spend their hard earned wage as they want, without fear of it being stolen.

#3
ankle - 2 Oct 2011 // 10:00:36

Sofia Notes,

I'm sure you would understand this saying?... "Empty vessels make more sound" !

Also you know whom I'm talking about?

#2
Mihail - 2 Oct 2011 // 08:43:31

This is great that someone would come to the aid of Roma when they are being treated unfairly and advocate the rule of law.

"The Bulgarian authorities have the obligation under international human rights law to ensure the security and the physical integrity of everyone, without any discrimination. They have to exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate, punish and provide redress for racially motivated crimes by private individuals or groups,"

Where was amnesty all these years to stop the racially motivated Roma crime against individuals and groups? Do you see the hypocrisy? All people deserve someone to care about them and protect them. Stop fueling the conflict.

#1
Sofia Notes - 1 Oct 2011 // 12:56:04

External interference, disgraceful. What would Amnesty International know about human rights anyway?

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