Bulgaria regularly reports hate crime data to ODIHR. Bulgaria implemented ODIHR's Training Against Hate Crime for Law Enforcement (TAHCLE) programme from 2012 until 2017. Bulgaria also took part in ODIHR's project on "Building a Comprehensive Criminal Justice Response to Hate Crime", helping to develop a joint training programme for police and prosecutors that was piloted in the country. Bulgaria has also made efforts to improve hate crime identification, recording and data collection through ODIHR's Information Against Hate Crimes Toolkit (INFAHCT) programme. ODIHR completed a review of Bulgaria’s hate crime legislation in 2018.
|Year||Hate crimes recorded by police||Prosecuted||Sentenced|
|2012||Not available||Not available||Not available|
Hate crime recorded by police
ODIHR observes that Bulgaria has not reported hate crime data disaggregated by bias motivation to ODIHR.
In its fifth report, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) recommended that the Bulgarian authorities include sexual orientation and gender identity in all the articles of the Criminal Code addressing hate speech and hate crime, and collect data on hate speech and hate crimes against LGBT persons, including on the number of cases reported, investigated and prosecuted.