Bulgaria to guarantee human rights of Macedonian ethnic community, recommends UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in its latest findings on Bulgaria after reviewing the state at its latest session recommended that Bulgaria should “consider all possible means for guaranteeing the effective enjoyment by persons belonging to ethnic minorities including Macedonian and Pomak minority groups of their human rights including through the implementation of the relevant judgments of the European Court of Human Rights relevant to the right to freedom of expression and freedom of association.”

“The Committee takes note of the explanation provided by the State party’s delegation that all its citizens have the right of self-identification, including for Macedonian and Pomak. However, the Committee is concerned about reports that members of Macedonian minority groups are banned from the free exercise of the right to freedom of assembly and freedom of association.

The Committee regrets the persisting obstacles and burdensome requirements for the registration of civil society organizations and the reported refusal of registrations of Macedonian associations by the Registration Agency and by courts, based on their Macedonian self-identification,” says the Committee in its report.

 

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