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“Baby S” Runs Risk of Being Stateless

A child born to Bulgarian and British mothers has been denied Bulgarian citizenship and is now at risk of being stateless. “Baby S” was born in December 2019 in Spain and although the baby’s birth certificate was issued by Spain with both mothers…
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  In January, a colleague of mine at Human Rights Watch predicted that 2018 would be the “year of the courts” for LGBT people’s rights. Seven months into the year, courts around the world have indeed come down with important rulings that…
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Municipality Should Protect Pride March

The June 10th pride march in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, is an opportunity for the country to showcase diversity and tolerance. Authorities can start by pledging up front to protect marchers from a group calling on counter-demonstrators…
Participants march in the 2014 Sofia Pride parade in Bulgaria’s capital.
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Two years ago, I was asked to speak at the opening of the first Baltic Pride Parade in Vilnius, Lithuania. It was a chilling experience. When I arrived in that European Union member state, the organisers greeted me with disappointment. A court had issued…
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Government Obligated to Protect Peaceful Marchers in Pride Parade

(New York) – The Bulgarian justice minister should publicly denounce a cleric’s calls for violence against people who participate in the LGBT Pride Parade in Sofia on June 30, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Justice Minister Diana…
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Minister of Justice, Diana Kovacheva1040 Sofia1, Slavyanska, str. Fax: (+359 2) 981-91-57E-mail: cabinet@justice.government.bgb_dimitrova@justice.government.bgpr@justice.government.bg June 26, 2012 Dear Minister Kovacheva, On June 30, 2012 the LGBT (…
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(Geneva) -- Violence against children is a bigger problem than governments acknowledge, and in fact is often carried out by officials of the state, Human Rights Watch charged in a new study released today. Human Rights Watch called on governments to take…