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.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2012||Not available||Not available||Not available|
About 2011 Data
Figures include crimes of incitement to hatred and crimes of discrimination.
The reported prosecuted cases were split on the basis of a Penal Code provision as follows: art. 162 - 21 cases, art. 163 - 4 cases, art. 164 - 15 cases, art. 172/1 - 1 case.
During the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights Council encouraged increased efforts to combat violence and discrimination against Roma in Bulgaria.
The Human Rights Committee, overseeing implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, noted recent manifestations of intolerance against religious minorities, especially Muslims, in Bulgaria. The Committee further recommended that Bulgaria take measures to promote the prevention, prosecution and punishment of hate crimes, including against Muslims, and to conduct awareness-raising campaigns targeting both affected communities and society at large.