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The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee is an independent non-governmental organisation for the protection of human rights. The objectives of the committee are to promote respect for the human rights of every individual, to stimulate legislative reform to bring Bulgarian legislation in line with international human rights standards, to trigger public debate on human rights issues, to carry out advocacy for the protection of human rights, and to popularise and make widely available human rights instruments.
Free 'Take action' card launched
[30-09-2010] The BHC has published a free 'Take action' card in connection with the Forsaken Children campaign. The card is part of the campaign to bring those responsible for 238 child deaths in state institutions to justice.
Last week, the BHC announced the findings of the inspections in all institutions for children with mental disabilities across the country. 238 deaths were established between 2000 and 2010, at least three fourths of which - avoidable: 31 deaths occured as a result of hunger, 84 from neglect... Full text»
Launch of special BHC website
[28-09-2010] The special BHC website regarding the crimes in Bulgaria's childcare institutions is now available in English: http://forsakenchildren.bghelsinki.org/en.
238 deaths in Bulgarian childcare institutions: Someone must be held responsible
[24-09-2010] In just over a ten-year period, a BHC inspection in institutions for mentally disabled children establishes hundreds of deaths caused by hunger, cold and neglect, dozens poisoned by drugs, held tied up and physically abused. By Yana Buhrer Tavanier. Full text»
Bulgaria's Abandoned Children Campaign
Started in response to Kate Blewett's shocking film "Bulgaria's Abandoned Children", the campaign aims to improve the lives of 75 disabled children from the Mogilino home, and promote better care for all disabled children and adults.