US: Bulgaria Mistreats Roma, Lacks Media Freedom

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Bulgaria: US: Bulgaria Mistreats Roma, Lacks Media Freedom

The marginalization of the Romani minority remains Bulgaria’s most pressing human rights problem, according to the US Department of State’s latest report on the country’s human rights practices.

The report has also drawn attenction to deterioration of Bulgaria’s media environment and the increase in media self-censorship due to corporate and political pressure.

Corruption continues to be a drag on the government’s capabilities, undermining public confidence in the judiciary and other state institutions, according to the US Department of State.

Other human rights problems include alleged mistreatment of prisoners and detainees and harsh conditions in prisons and detention facilities, including overcrowding.

“There were also long delays in the judicial system; reports of abuse of wiretapping; violence and discrimination against women; violence against children; anti-Semitic vandalism; discrimination against members of the Romani and Turkish ethnic minorities; trafficking in persons; and discrimination against persons with disabilities, against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons, and those with HIV/AIDS,” the report says.

The report has noted that the Bulgarian government “took steps to prosecute and punish officials who committed abuses both in the security services and elsewhere in the government.” However, the report has described these actions as insufficient, with impunity remaining a problem.

The full report can be read HERE.

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dianneh - 21 Apr 2013 // 16:30:56

America’s “tarnished human rights record has left it in no state – whether on a moral, political or legal basis – to act as the world’s human rights justice, to place itself above other countries and release the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year that accuse and blame other countries.”
At the same time, it absolves itself through silence, duplicity, and/or bald-faced lies.

One of the last countries with the death penalty

Guantanamo Bay

Drone Killings

Homeland Security

New Orleans

Uchak - 21 Apr 2013 // 16:02:57

gypsies live in a stone age pre modern lifestyle gettign married at age 13 and not valuing education, is it any wonder they are poor and living in ghettos?
gypsies can always move back to India where they came from

bogomil - 20 Apr 2013 // 22:08:02

Probably the worst day of your life when you believe anything the USA says..

Yane - 20 Apr 2013 // 13:23:24

US should open its doors for those cigani, then lets see how long their patience lasts.

MysteryHP - 20 Apr 2013 // 11:50:09

Gypsies are discriminated in Bulgaria? I think not! What about the abuse they inflict on society, stealing public infrastructure, building ghettos anywhere they want, throwing garbage all over the street, driving karutsi wagons in major city centers, etc, etc, etc. I think Bulgaria has been very tolerant with these people. They have nothing to complain about. It is the Bulgarians who are abused and discriminated by them.

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