Macedonia: Strasbourg wants Bulgaria to amend the constitution March 12, 2010Posted by Yilan in Bulgaria, Human rights, Human rights abuses, Macedonia.
Tags: Bulgaria, Macedonia, Strasbourg
Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe Thomas Hammarberg urged Bulgaria to amend the constitution in order to better protection of minorities. In his report, released yesterday, Hamaberg recommends systematic dialogue with representatives of minorities in accordance with the standards of the Council of Europe, such as the right of free association, organizing of gatherings and use of languages.
“Like the Venice Commission the Commissioner notes that Article 11 of the Bulgarian Constitution prohibits political parties on ethnic, religious and racial grounds. In this context, Hammarberg recalls that the European Court of Human Rights has proved that Bulgaria violates the Convention on Human Rights in cases concerning the Macedonian minority in the case of OMO Ilinden-PIRIN, the newspaper reads further.