Friday, August 12, 2016

U.N. rights chief criticizes Bulgaria over treatment of migrants

Bulgarian government is a racist and bigot. If you have any doubts read the condemnation below from the UN.
U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein accused Bulgaria on Thursday of committing systematic human rights violations by criminalizing migrants.
Bulgaria's policy "raises serious concerns about the State’s compliance with international law", he said in a statement.
He said it was "particularly disturbing to see important and influential public figures expressing support for illegal armed vigilante groups who have been brazenly hunting down migrants along parts of the border between Bulgaria and Turkey".
"One of the most serious problems is that virtually all people entering Bulgaria in an irregular manner are detained as a matter of course," Zeid said.


"Even worse, they may also be prosecuted and jailed - for a year or even more - if they try to leave the country. The act of leaving the country is criminalized in spite of the right of everyone, under international law, to leave a country, including their own."
Zeid said that other concerns included "pushbacks" of migrants into neighboring countries and persistent allegations of physical abuse and theft by law enforcement officials at borders.
Last month Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said the Black Sea state was bracing for a potential rush of migrants on its southern border following the attempted coup in Turkey.
Bulgaria detained about 14,000 migrants in the first six months of this year, compared with 21,000 in the same period last year.
Few migrants want to stay in the European Union's poorest state, preferring to journey onwards to wealthier EU countries like Germany and Sweden.

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