Suivi Bulgarie 2010 (1)

A. Contribution of the civil society to the UPR process 

Q. 1. Has there been a UPR report by one or more national NGOs coalitions in your country?

A. Yes, Several NGOs submitted NGO reports for the 1st UPR of Bulgaria in 2010.

Q. 2.  Have authorities in your country favorably welcomed NGO interventions on the UPR?

A.  Yes

Q. 3. Do the recommendations by the Human Rights Council reflect those submitted by NGOs?

A. Yes, fully. As a result of the lobbying at place in Geneva (October – November 2010), the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and the Alliance for protection against domestic violence, in total 15 recommendations in the field of gender equality, protection against violence and trafficking an elimination of gender stereotypes were made by different States (those are also our recommendations). We are very satisfied. After that the Bulgarian Government accepted all these recommendations.

Q. 4. Have you had the opportunity to contribute to an NGO or NGO coalition report for the UPR?

A.Yes. Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and the Alliance for protection against domestic violence

B. Participation to the UPR session in Geneva and follow-up in your country

Q. 1. Have you been able to follow the session of the Working Group of the Human Rights Council reviewing your country?

A. Yes. It was unique experience and very useful one. We congratulated the delegates who used our recommendations and we spoke informally with the Bulgarian representative – the Minister of Foreign affairs.

Q. 2. Have you taken part to activities in your country to present the results of its UPR?

A.Yes. We made meetings with representatives of the Swiss, UK and Spanish embassy in Sofia. Those embassies helped a lot prior to the UPR of Bulgaria, because they forwarded our recommendations to their capitals. We will write also an article about the results of the UPR. The representatives of the embassies can lobby for gender

Q. 3. Have you incorporated UPR and its results for your country in your sensitization?

A. Yes. We use now the UPR and its results for lobbying Bulgarian politicians for the adoption of Legislation on gender equality in Bulgaria. We will make a short training module on UPR for the IV session of our Women’s Human Rights Training Institute in May 2011. This training is for young lawyers from Central and Eastern Europe and CIS.

Q. 4. During yours activities,  Do you provide an introduction on international instruments of law ratified and implemented by your country?

A. Very often, because it is good justification and argument to hold governments accountable.

Q. 5. In my country and relating to the implementation and follow-up of UPR, I exert some influence on :

a)  your circles  

A.  Yes

b) decision makers

A. Yes. We lobby directly with arguments from the UPR for our lobbying on domestic violence issues and gender equality.

Q. 6. Did you asked your country’s competent authorities that human rights be included in school programs?

A. Yes. We, and other NGOs would like to see that in the reality, and ask and lobby for that from years. But the education system is very stable and conservative and it is hard to make changes. We have human rights education projects, we sensitize the media and the society about that need, but without result until now.

Q. 7. Do you actively participate to sensitization activities in your place of work in order to promote human rights education?

A. Yes. We develop and implement projects for young people for human rights education, promotion and awareness on social rights, we develop methodologies for non-formal education on those issues

C. Internal and external support 

Q. 1. Do you get support by the authorities for your efforts in promoting human rights education and awareness about UPR ?

A. Never

Q. 2. Do you work in a social and political context which makes it difficult to sensitize/educate on human rights?

A.  Rarely The political and social context are not a problem, but the funding for those activities in Bulgaria is very low.

Q. 3. You get support for intending to introduce UPR and human rights in your activities mainly from :

A. UPR is new procedure and we haven’t had chance regularly in our activities to promote it

Q. 4. You encounter resistance to it mainly from: 

A. Not manifestations of resistance yet, because UPR is new procedure and we haven’t had chance regularly in our activities to promote it

Q. 5.  Are CIFEDHOP’s resources and its network of experts useful for your human rights education and UPR follow-up activities?

A. Very often

D. Interactive and remote participation to human rights education and UPR

Q. 1.  Are you registered for the UPR monitoring platform ?


Q. 2. How the UPR monitoring platform would best address your needs?