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Bulgaria: Proposed counter-terrorism bill would be a serious step back for human rights

Index Number: EUR 15/4545/2016

A proposed counter-terrorism bill in Bulgaria would threaten human rights and undermine the rule of law, said Amnesty International today. The bill, in line with a regional trend, consolidates excessive power in the hands of the Bulgarian executive and security services; proposes measures that would threaten freedom of expression, association, movement, peaceful assembly, and the right to privacy; and permits the government to declare a “state of emergency” in the aftermath of an attack with no independent oversight mechanism to monitor for abuses of special powers employed under such an emergency regime.

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