Bulgaria: Authorities must effectively and thoroughly investigate the attack against a 17- year-old Romani boy

Index Number: EUR 15/3888/2016

On 18 April, Mitko, a 17-years-old Romani boy from Ovchepoltsi village, was brutally beaten up by a 24-year-old Bulgarian man. The perpetrator physically assaulted Mitko after he had told him “We are equal” despite their different ethnicities. The attack and the racially abusive language used were filmed by the perpetrator himself and the footage has been widely circulated on social media platforms.

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