Human Rights Commissioner: Bulgaria Cannot Close Borders for Refugees

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Bulgaria: Human Rights Commissioner: Bulgaria Cannot Close Borders for Refugees Nils Muiznieks. Photo by

Nils Muiznieks is the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, since April 2012. In an interview for the Bulgarian National Television, he talked about the illegality of building a fence or closing the country's borders with Turkey, to prevent refugees from entering.

"In its policy towards refugees, Bulgaria must not forget its international obligations under signed conventions. The country cannot close its borders with Turkey, or any other neighbor.

Fences are ineffective and too expensive. People will find ways to get around them, and this will be even more dangerous. It would be much wiser to use the money for improving conditions in reception centers and integration policies instead."

Commissioner Muiznieks will visit Bulgaria in December, to acquaint himself with the situation on the ground.

In the Council of Europe's latest report on migration and the freedom of movement, Bulgaria is mentioned several times as a bad example of how the authorities are dealing with the refugee situation.

The report includes recommendations to all member states on how to address the situation more effectively and in accordance with international norms.

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Yane - 7 Nov 2013 // 20:18:36

Bulgaria needs talk to the Israelis about how to build proper good walls.

Yane - 7 Nov 2013 // 20:16:23

Yeah, and Sweden is the rape-capital of Europe now too...gang rapes, such things were uncommon before the islamic hordes came.

Seedy - 7 Nov 2013 // 18:48:38

I don't know what everyone is getting so hot under the collar: Sweden allowed in plenty of Syrians and similar immigrants - look how Stockholm has benefited from these cultured and cosmopolitan incomers:

Original Gangsters
A Swedish criminal organization founded by Assyrians/Syriacs from Turkey.

An Assyrian/Syriac Mafia organization lead by B?lent Aslano?lu, an ethnic Assyrian/Syriac from Turkey.

An Albanian criminal organization.

Black Cobra
Made up of Iraqis and Iranians.

An Albanian criminal organization based in Malmo.

A criminal organization based in Malmo and composed of ethnic Sand?ak Bosniaks. They are involved in a wide variety of criminal activities and are said to be very violent and brutal.

Chosen Ones
A criminal organization based in Stockholm which was started by a Gambian. Their members nowadays are mostly African ( Somali for the most part). They are especially involved in drug trafficking ( mainly cocaine and heroin ).

Werewolf Legion
A violent criminal organization based in Stockholm and mostly consists of African immigrants (Somalis for the most part), although their leader is reputed to be Hispanic. They are highly involved in drug trafficking.

Criminal organization which consists of hardened criminals from Uppsala, Norrk?ping, V?ster?s and G?teborg. It mostly consists of Assyrians/Syriacs from Turkey and Iraqis. Leader is S?yar G?rb?z an ethnic Assyrian/Syriac from Turkey.

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