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Legislation Impacting Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Radicalisation Efforts

Legislation Impacting Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Radicalisation Efforts

Bulgaria prohibits political and electoral campaigns in foreign languages, which can be regarded as discrimination of Turkish and Roma political activists, who cannot address their electorate in their native language. Bulgarian legislators believe that political topics must be discussed in the “language of legal categories”, which is supposedly impossible in any language, but Bulgarian.

In practice, this is a legalised form of discrimination against Turkish and Romani political activists, who cannot address their electorate in their native language. On November 14, 2013, Bulgarian government made amendments to the Law on Asylum and Refugees, according to which all asylum seekers will be placed in “closed facilities” – essentially, places of detention.

In a parliamentary vote on February 14, 2014, Bulgaria prohibited using foreign languages in election campaigns (even if conducted through an interpreter). 116 Bulgarian MPs voted in favour of the bill, 32 opposed and 61 abstained from voting.

On April 25, the Supreme Administrative Court ruled that “the law which has not been declared unconstitutional cannot therefore be discriminatory,” thus ruling out judicial protection from discrimination.

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