January 23, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The European Commission released its semi-annual Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) report on Romania Wednesday, warning the nation to end political pressure on the judiciary amid continuing concerns over corruption. When Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007 the EU established a ...[read more]
November 29, 2013
by Michael Roberts
The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined the Balkan ...[read more]
June 23, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 23, 2009, former Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku was arrested in Bulgaria for alleged war crimes against the Kosovan non-Albanian population. Ceku was the military commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the Kosovo War and was charged with genocide in relation to 669 Serbs and ...[read more]
December 25, 2012
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On December 25, 2011, Bulgarian parliament member Svetlana Angelova announced that Bulgaria would ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bulgaria was one of the few UN member nations to not ratify the convention, and was under criticism for its poor treatment of those ...[read more]
June 27, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday sent a letter to Bulgarian Justice Minister Diana Kovacheva urging her to denounce calls to violence by anti-gay groups in anticipation of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride parade in Sofia, Bulgaria, on June 30. HRW noted that religious ...[read more]
December 25, 2011
by Sung Un Kim
Bulgaria will ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the beginning of 2012, a member of the Bulgarian parliament announced on Sunday. According to Svetlana Angelova this ratification will result in several legislation amendments that will ensure that Bulgarian citizens ...[read more]
December 25, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On December 25, 2005, the Libyan Supreme Court disposed of the death sentences given to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who were convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the HIV virus in May 2004. Libya ultimately released the six medics following an agreement with the ...[read more]
October 4, 2011
by Sarah Posner
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday called on authorities to end the hate speech and discrimination against the Roma migrants in Bulgaria. The UN human rights office expressed deep concern over the violence and discrimination accompanying the anti-Roma ...[read more]
May 18, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The Bulgarian government passed a long-delayed bill on Wednesday that allows "civil confiscation" of assets before conviction. This allows the Commission for Establishing of Property Acquired from Criminal Activity to launch investigations of people who cannot account for their income, in a move ...[read more]
July 8, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On July 8, 1997, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) invited the former communist nations of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to join the alliance. This was the first invitation of former communist nations to join NATO since the end of the Cold War. The three countries would later ...[read more]

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