August 1, 1993

Initial attempts to purge former Communists from public life in Bulgaria were relatively weak when compared to similar laws passed in the former Czechoslovakia or the former German Democratic Republic. Efforts to initiate a decommunization program gained momentum, however, after the election victory of the Union of Democratic Forces in October 1991. This report discusses the various draft "lustration" or decommunization provisions and laws that have been considered by the Bulgarian National Assembly, as well as the Constitutional Court's decisions relating to these laws.

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