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June 28, 2012

Amnesty International is calling on authorities in Bulgaria to change laws to bring homophobic attackers to justice

Human rights campaigners are calling for the Bulgarian government to take ‘urgent’ action over homophobic and transphobic hate crime.

Amnesty International claim attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Bulgaria are not properly investigated by police and an overhaul of the eastern European country’s legal system is needed to bring the perpetrators to justice.

June 27, 2012

Human Rights Watch call for Bulgarian government to denounce priest's calls to 'throw stones' and pride parade marchers

Activists are urging the Bulgarian government to denounce a priest’s calls for gay pride marchers in Sofia to be stoned.

In a letter to Justice Minister Diana Kovacheva, Human Rights Watch called for the cleric’s incitement to hatred and violence to be publicly condemned.

June 20, 2012

Orthodox church fails to distance itself from pride attack threats, slamming parade as 'immoral'

Organizers of a gay pride parade in Sofia, Bulgaria, are pleading with the church to stop calls for violence against marchers.

Father Evgeniy Yanakiev said 'stones should be thrown' at participants during the event in the Bulgarian capital on 30 June.

His comments have outraged the Sofia Pride initiative committee who are calling on the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to distance itself from the priest's extremist views, reported the Sofia News Agency.