WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE CONCERNING BULGARIA (To the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for consideration at its 92nd Session 24 April - 12 May 2017) Cover Image

WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE CONCERNING BULGARIA (To the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for consideration at its 92nd Session 24 April - 12 May 2017)
WRITTEN SUBMISSION BY THE EUROPEAN ROMA RIGHTS CENTRE CONCERNING BULGARIA (To the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, for consideration at its 92nd Session 24 April - 12 May 2017)

Author(s): Specified No Author
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Education, International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Social differentiation, Studies in violence and power, Health and medicine and law, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: European Roma Rights Center
Keywords: Bulgaria; Roma; human rights; racial discrimination; segregation; hate speech; violence; forced evictions; education; health care; segregated maternity wards;
Summary/Abstract: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is a Roma-led international public interest law organisation which monitors the human rights of Roma in Europe and provides legal defence in cases of human rights violations. The ERRC is deeply concerned at the lack of progress made by Bulgarian authorities since CERD issued its concluding observations on Bulgaria in 2009 with specific reference to the committee’s recommendations concerning the situation of Roma and other minorities. Bulgarian authorities continue to target Romani communities for forced evictions, and the de facto segregation of Roma continues in all areas of life, in particular in the spheres of residential segregation and segregation in healthcare facilities. Limited progress has been made with regards to enforcing legislation persecuting racially motivated hate crimes. Hate speech continues to affect Romani minorities in particular, leading to a number of instances of violence. In a number of cases, Bulgarian authorities have failed to protect Romani citizens from violent racist mobs attacking Romani communities and individuals. This submission also finds that CERD’s calls for improving the situation of Roma in all areas of life, in particular of access to healthcare and housing, have yet to be adequately addressed.

  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: English