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REFUGEES

In this section we publish the most important acts of the asylum legal framework under Bulgarian law, European Union law and International Law. Moreover, you will find information notes on obstacles to access to rights by refugees in practice in Bulgaria. Finally, there is a list of links to other valuable resources of knowledge about the legal standards for asylum seekers and refugees. 

TORTURE SURVIVORS 

DETENTION AND THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD 

STATELESS PERSONS 

FAR is a member of the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) and here you will find some of the fruits of our collaboration.

EU CITIZENS

Freedom of movement is one of the fundamental freedoms enjoyed by the citizens of the European Union. Under Article 45 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union freedom of movement of workers do not allow discrimination based on nationality as regards access to employment, remuneration and other conditions of work. 

IMMIGRANTS

Immigrants in Bulgaria should enjoy all fundamental human rights recognized in International Law, regardless of their administrative and legal status (lawful residents, undocumented immigrants or stateless persons). Furthermore, the acquis of the European Union provide additional rights and legal guarantees for certain categories of third country nationals and for the free movement of EU citizens.

RIGHTS OF WOMEN GIVING BIRTH

The birth of a new life is sacred. At the same time, during birth the woman finds herself in one of the most vulnerable situations in her life. The attitude towards the woman during labor should respect her human dignity and should not cause her more pain and physical and mental suffering. Inviolability of the body can be compromised only with the informed consent of the laboring woman. The presence of a companion in the hospital is a human right if the laboring woman.

CHILDREN

Hardly anyone would dare to question the fact that the best interests of the child shall be the basis of any action by the administrative authorities. Despite this, however, children often find themselves in situations where they do not have access to recognized rights. In our practice we have seen forced separation of Bulgarian children from their parent because he is an immigrant; birth of “illegal” undocumented children in Bulgaria; immigration detention of children; lack of access to medical care and to education; the legal vacuum for unaccompanied refugee children in Bulgaria.

ELDERLY PEOPLE

According to the World Health Organization, Alzheimer’s disease is the third most significant disease after cardiovascular and oncological diseases. Its social impact is not only due to the costly medical treatment, but to the fact that Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause for falling into dependency. FAR has set a mission to contribute from a legal perspective towards public and institutional support for the patient and his relatives, towards achieving early diagnosis, towards addressing the consequences of the loss of legal capacity, etc.