Treatment of Refugees: U.N. High Commissioner Blasts Bulgaria

Written by on August 12, 2016 in Bulgaria, Politics - 3 Comments

The United Nations have blasted Bulgaria for the country’s treatment of refugees.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, said, he had big doubts regarding the legality of putting refugees in jail, who might have come into the country illegaly or who had tried to leave Bulgaria that way.

Shortly after a visit to Bulgaria, Al-Hussein said, there was an ambience against refugees in Bulgaria. The government in Sofia did not do enough to counter that trend. In New York, the U.N. official continued saying, from the perspective of some, Bulgaria’s government even supported intolerance.

Al-Hussein stated, it was his impression that virtually all refugess, who entered Bulgaria in an irregular manner, were subject to detention. “This means that people who do not qualify under the strict definition of a refugee, but still have legitimate reasons for being unable to return to their home country, have hardly any avenues open to them,” he said. “This is clearly inhumane and unacceptable.”

It is not the first time Bulgaria is being criticized harshly on how it treats refugees.

By Imanuel Marcus
Photo: U.N.O.

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