Bulgaria

Bulgaria regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Bulgaria's hate crime laws are a combination of specific penalty enhancements and substantive offences. The data reported to ODIHR do not present separately cases of hate crime, incitement to hatred and discrimination. The authorities responsible for collecting hate crime data are the Interior Ministry's Co-ordination, Information and Analysis Directorate, the Supreme Judicial Council's Commission on Professional qualification, IT and statistics, the Supreme Court of Cassation's Criminal College, the Supreme Prosecutor of Cassation's Analysis Unit, and the National Statistical Institute.

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Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2016 28 299 71
2015 704 752 135
2014 617 750 117
2013 651 300 239
2012 Not available Not available Not available

National developments

Eighty-five investigating police officers from the Investigation Department at the Regional Office of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works participated in a training workshop on "Practical difficulties in the investigation of crimes with a discriminatory element."

The Ministry of the Interior prepared two curricula for both new recruits and experienced police officers on working in multicultural environments, the use of force, aids and weapons from police authorities, anti-discrimination and hate crimes. The programme prepared 41 officers as trainers to further cascade the courses. This was part of a programme funded by Norway.

Key observation

ODIHR observes that the law enforcement agencies of Bulgaria have not recorded the bias motivations of hate crimes.