Bulgarian Helsinki Committee demands investigation into treatment of refugees

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The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC), has demanded a full investigation into scandalous and criminal behaviour by Bulgarian police officers at the southern border. The organization has received 33 reports about robbery, assault or degrading treatment of refugees on the part of border police officers, during the time period from May to September of 2016.

In a statement, the BHC said, it assumed the number reflected was only a fraction of these kinds of crimes committed by police. The reports were based on systematic monitoring of the border by the BHC and on statements collected from refugees in Bulgaria.

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