Podcast in English
Bulgarian National Radio © 2022 All Rights Reserved

Human Rights Watch: Bulgarian border piolice beat and rob migrants from Afghanistan

Photo: Archive

Bulgarian border guards beat, rob and undress Afghan refugees trying to enter Bulgaria. This was stated by the international human rights group Human Rights Watch in a special report on illegal, according to international law, pushbacks of people across the border between November 2021 and April 2022.

14 of the victims claim that Bulgarian law enforcement officers beat them and then forcibly pushed them back across the border. In 10 of the cases, the border guards appropriated the migrants' belongings, told them to get undressed and left them barefoot only in their underwear in winter temperatures.

In none of the cases reported did the police give migrants the opportunity to apply for asylum, as required by EU law.

Listen to the daily news from Bulgaria presented in "Bulgaria Today" podcast, available in Spotify.

More from category

There is no clarity regarding the Ukrainian refugee programme after September

“The sums the government owes hotel operators under the programme for accommodation and food for Ukrainian refugees have been budgeted for and will be paid out soon,” caretaker Minister of Tourism Ilin Dimitrov said in Burgas. In his words, more..

published on 8/11/22 6:41 PM

State Agency for National Security searches offices of state-run arms company Kintex

The State Agency for National Security is searching the offices of Kintex state-owned company and is confiscating company documents pertaining to payments in foreign currency. This was announced on Facebook by Alexander Mihailov, former director of..

published on 8/11/22 5:49 PM

Bulgargaz forecasts gas price for October at 137.69 euros per MWh

Bulgargaz has forecasted a price of natural gas for October 2022 of BGN 269.29 per megawatt hour /EUR 137.69 per MWh/, excluding taxes and fees . The price was formed with the expectation that the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector will be put into..

published on 8/11/22 5:10 PM