During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Regional or subregional
Country has not previously held a seat on the Council
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on freedom of religion, 2006
Bulgaria presented voluntary pledges and commitments in support of its candidature for membership for the period 2019-2021 on 6 June 2018.
Key pledges include, inter alia:
At the national level: Intensify cooperation with developing countries, including through projects aimed at building democratic institutions and protecting
human rights; Continue to report regularly to the Treaty Bodies, implement their recommendations, and cooperate with their individual complaints mechanisms. Further implement its international human rights obligations; Submit a UPR mid-term report by the end of 2018; Further cooperate with all Special Procedures. Strengthen its collaboration with OHCHR and the regional human rights bodies; Work on the following priority areas: inter-ministerial and public dialogue to further promote and protect human rights in Bulgaria; rights of the child; gender equality; rights of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups; ethnic and religious tolerance; freedoms of speech, expression, religion and belief; rights of migrants and refugees; and rule of law, democracy and good governance; Continue to support a rights-based approach to the 2030 Agenda; Spread awareness on the need to strengthen NHRIs and national human rights frameworks.
At the international level: Further support the work of OHCHR and the UN human rights mechanisms, including the Special Procedures; Support initiatives aimed at strengthening the efficiency of the Council, improving its working methods, and promoting universal participation; Support efforts aimed at strengthening the independence, accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness of the Treaty Bodies and the Special Procedures; Support the further strengthening of the UPR; Support efforts to bring grave country-specific situations to the attention of the UN, and ensure that these addressed properly, including by demanding accountability and by ending impunity; Help strengthen the CRPD; Work on, encourage and support initiatives in the following thematic areas: civil society participation; human rights defenders; rights of the child, particularly inclusive education and early childhood development; gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence; and human trafficking.
An analysis of the steps taken by Bulgaria to fulfil its international pledges, shows that it did a voluntary contribution to the OHCHR in 2018. It extended a standing invitation to the Special Procedures, although has facilitated only 40% of all visit requests. Bulgaria responded to 66% of communications.
Regarding cooperation with the Treaty Bodies, Bulgaria has ratified seven core conventions (it is yet to ratify the CED) and has submitted or is on schedule to submit most of its periodic reports; it has only one overdue report (CEDAW).
Bulgaria has supported all the initiatives it pledged to work on.