The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) has sent its alternative report on the rights of persons with disabilities to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bulgaria has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in January 2012. The first review of the implementation of the convention in Bulgaria is due in 2017-2018 by the UN Committee.

Although the Bulgarian government planed review and amendments of legislation to comply with the UN Convention, the initial 2013-2014 plan was not implemented and the next plan only extended the deadlines to 2020. Thus postponing the legislative regulation and practical implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in Bulgaria for an unknown period.

The BHC’s comprehensive report makes a detailed and critical analysis of the Bulgarian legislation and practice concerning persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities, especially those with intellectual and psycho-social disabilities, are not provided with real opportunities for vocational training or employment on the open labor market.

Please read the BHC’s full alternative report here.