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On February 6, the European Commission will present its new strategy for the enlargement of the EU. People in the Western Balkans may greet the news with scepticism. But if the EU institutions and states are really willing to end the EU…
Roma refugees from Kosovo drink water at the Vrela Ribnicka camp in Podgorica, Montenegro on October 13, 2012
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The European Union (EU) should continue to press candidate countries in Central and Eastern Europe to improve arms trade controls, Human Rights Watch said today. Tomorrow, the EU is expected to release the latest annual reports assessing the progress of…
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Joint Human Rights Watch and Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Statement

(New York, July 16, 2002) -- Anticipated legal reforms in Bulgaria mark an important step toward improved control over the arms trade, Human Rights Watch and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee said today. The Bulgarian parliament is expected to vote…
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Pending Arms Trade Reforms

As you know, the government has introduced legislation to amend the 1995 Law on the Control of Foreign Trade Activity in Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies. We understand that this legislation has passed first reading and is expected to be approved…
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In the next few weeks, the Bulgarian parliament is due to enact important changes to the country's arms trade law. The legislation would amend the Law on the Control of Foreign Trade Activity in Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, which was adopted…
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Need to Reform Notorious Arms Trade

The upcoming state visit to Bulgaria by U.S. President Bill Clinton, scheduled for November 21-23, presents an important opportunity to press Bulgarian officials on the urgent need for arms trade reforms. Human Rights Watch pointed out that it would be…
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Bulgaria's Troubling Arms Trade Record

William Jefferson Clinton   President of the United States   The White House     RE: Bulgarian arms trade     Dear President Clinton:     In light of your upcoming official visit to Bulgaria, we would like to draw your attention to Bulgaria's troubling…
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NATO and the European Union should press Bulgaria to stop transferring weapons to armed forces that are guilty of human rights abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. In a report released today in Sofia, Human Rights Watch charged that Bulgaria has earned…