TO: THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BULGARIA
THE PACE MEMBERS OF REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
COPY TO: THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF BULGARIA
THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE OF BULGARIA
THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF BULGARIA
Dear members of the Council of Europe,
I am addressing you, in my capacity as chairman of the Association Society and Values (Association). The Association, that I preside as a chairman, defends the human dignity and freedom, marriage and family in Bulgaria since 2007. Thanks to the freedom of speech we have our Association in cooperation with other civil organizations, were able to stop some harmful to the individual, family and society bills. We were able to achieve these results by revealing and making public the consequences of these harmful policies. We present and disseminate opinions, based on scientific researches that examine the results and consequences of similar policies adopted in other countries, in view of Constitution of Republic of Bulgaria, and domestic and international legislation adopted by our country.
We are deeply concerned about the Draft Recommendation made by the Committee of Ministers to member States on combating hate speech, given the fact how they are applied and how they affect, directly and through respective domestic legislation, the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion in other countries.