Bulgaria: Torture and ill-treatment of Roma

By Amnesty International, , Index number: EUR 15/003/1993

Amnesty International is concerned about reports that members of the Roma community have been increasingly subjected to torture and otherwise ill- treated by police. It is believed that these attacks were motivated by the victims' ethnic background. The following cases are cited: the alleged torture and ill-treatment of Roma in Pazardjik in June 1992; the alleged beating of 14-year-old, Anton Stefanov Assenov, and his father, Stefan Assenov Ivanov, on 19 September 1992; the alleged torture by police of Khristo Nedialkov Khristov in March 1993; and the alleged torture and ill- treatment of Roma in Novi Pazar on 5 April 1993. An investigation is said to have been initiated into the incident at Pazardjik, but none of its findings have yet been made public.

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