: Reuters: UN rights chief criticizes Bulgaria over treatment of migrants

08:49 Aug. 12, 2016

Reuters: UN rights chief criticizes Bulgaria over treatment of migrants

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein addresses the media in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo)

Bulgaria detained about 14,000 migrants in the first six months of this year

U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein accused Bulgaria on Thursday of committing systematic human rights violations by criminalising migrants.

Bulgaria's policy "raises serious concerns about the State's compliance with international law," he said in a statement.

He said it was "particularly disturbing to see important and influential public figures expressing support for illegal armed vigilante groups who have been brazenly hunting down migrants along parts of the border between Bulgaria and Turkey."

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