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No Public Debate on the Rights of LGBTI People in Bulgaria

The fundamental rights of Bulgarian LGBTI people, such as freedom of association and the right to peaceful assembly, were attacked in 2014 by both the legislature and the courts.

by Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

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There is still no effective public debate on issues concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Bulgaria. Moreover, their fundamental rights, including freedom of association and the right to peaceful assembly, came under attack in 2014 by both legislative initiatives and the courts.

The Bulgarian criminal code still doesn't establish specific penalties for hate crimes or hate speech based on sex, gender identity or gender expression. Furthermore, the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria doesn't guarantee equal protection of those freedoms under the law.

The media coverage of the LGBTI community in 2014 continued to be weak and mostly negative or stereotypical. In many talk shows, LGBTI activists faced ultranationalist leaders or representatives of formal and informal groups of the far right.