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ILGA-Europe's letter to Bulgarian authorities regarding Sofia Pride

in BULGARIA, 15/06/2011

Yesterday ILGA-Europe sent a letter to Bulgarian Prime Minister and Sofia Mayor regarding the situation around Sofia Pride scheduled for 18 June.

READ THE ORIGINAL ON ILGA EUROPE'S SITE BY CLICKING HERE: 

 

Honourable Prime Minister Borisov, dear Mayor Fanukova,

Sofia Pride

ILGA-Europe, the European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) Association, has been alerted by the organisers of the Sofia Pride taking place on 18 June that a nationalists’ march organised by Blagovest Ivanov has been authorised on the same day and permitted to take place extremely close to the route and the time of the Sofia Pride. The intentions of the nationalists’ march are not secret and they have already attempted to disturb the Sofia Pride during previous years.

Therefore ILGA-Europe is urging you to re-arrange the timing and the route for the nationalists’ march to prevent and minimise any eventuality of disturbance and violence.

Additionally, ILGA-Europe is extremely concerned about the requirement for the organisers of Sofia Pride to pay for and ensure their own protection. It has been confirmed on a number of instances by the European Court of Human Rights that it is a duty of a state to ensure and to protect citizens exercising their right to peaceful assembly, particularly if they represent minority views.

Considering the experiences of the past years when the hooligans and the nationalists were attempting the disturb Sofia Pride and to attack its participants, as well as recent event in Croatia (Split Pride) when numerous groups of hooligans attacked the Pride March, we urge you to provide adequate and sufficient protection to the participants of the Sofia Pride. Failure to do so would be taken by ILGA-Europe and the wider international human rights community as a failure of the Bulgarian State to fulfil its duties to guarantee the freedom of assembly and protect its minorities.

Yours sincerely,

 

Martin K.I. Christensen

Co-Chair of ILGA-Europe’s Executive Board

 

READ THE ORIGINAL ON ILGA EUROPE'S SITE BY CLICKING HERE:

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