UN Committee criticizes Bulgaria on detention of asylum seekers and urges the country to develop regularization measures for migrants

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)[1] adopted on 11 May 2017 its concluding observations on the combined twentieth to twenty-second periodic reports of Bulgaria. CERD welcomes some positive amendments of the national legislation, namely the amendments to the Law on Foreigners in 2013 to prohibit the detention of unaccompanied children.…

“Center for Legal Aid – “Voice in Bulgaria” begins new project on limiting detention and supporting migrants at risk

“Center for Legal Aid – “Voice in Bulgaria” (CLA), in partnership with Bulgarian Lawyers for Human Rights (BLHR), begins work on a new project focused on helping migrants at risk integrate into the community instead of being detained. The project is called: “Protecting migrants with precarious status: decreasing the use of detention and applying community-based…

Final Report: “Who Gets Detained? Increasing the Transparency and Accountability of Bulgaria’s Detention Practices of Asylum Seekers and Migrants”

(the full text of the report can be accessed here: in English and in Bulgarian) Between August 17, 2015 and August 16, 2016, the Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria (CLA) completed the project “Who Gets Detained? Increasing the Transparency and Accountability of Bulgaria’s Detention Practices of Asylum Seekers and Migrants”.* Through an…

DETAINED Website Featured in International Detention Monitor

(originally published in International Detention Monitor by the International Detention Coalition on May 11, 2016 at http://idcoalition.org/news/increasing-the-transparency-of-bulgarias-detention-practices/) Increasing Transparency of Bulgarian Detention: New Website How easy or difficult is it to find out information about immigration detention in Bulgaria?  One of members, The Centre for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria, is tackling this very issue…