Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee was established on July 14, 1992 as an independent non-governmental organization for the protection of human rights.
The BHC's objectives are to promote respect for the human rights of every individual, to stimulate legislative reform to bring Bulgarian legislation in line with international human rights standards, to trigger public debate on human rights issues, to carry out advocacy for the protection of human rights, and to popularize and make widely available human rights instruments.
The backbone of the BHC's activities is systematic monitoring of the human rights situation in the country. They give information on the state and development of human rights in the country and supply a legal defense program with cases of human rights violations for litigation before the domestic and international courts. In addition, the committee reports on human rights violations with a special emphasis on the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, refugees and asylum-seekers, child rights, protection from torture and ill-treatment, freedom of expression and association, and problems of the criminal justice system.
The BHC offers free legal help to the victims of human rights abuse. The committee also works in the sphere of human rights education, organizes conferences, workshops, public actions and other forms of public activities aimed at bringing the concept of human rights to the attention of the general public.