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Recognition of religion or belief in Bulgaria

According to the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Republic of Bulgaria are classified restrictive.

Recognition of religion or belief in Bulgaria


  • Recognition and registration are amalgamated rather than ideally differentiated; there is a degree of partial recognition in that even groups which achieve legal registration do not receive the same level of recognition that the BOC possesses.

  • Some of the informational requirements are appropriate for legal registration yet these still need to be monitored for misuse; other requirements, particularly those which intrude into the internal affairs of the organisation are intrusive and do not correspond to the standards set forth in the Durham principles.
    Expertise provided by The Directorate of Religious Affairs needs to be monitored independently in order to ensure that misuse does not root.

  • Reports of discrimination and harassment of minorities and the local banning of some forms of proselytism should be resolved through a greater focus on recognition as a tool to educate and spread awareness of the importance of religious diversity; this pertains to why existential recognition is just as crucial if not more so for the society itself than legal registration.

Positive elements:

  • Provisions are put in place for the state to provide support for registered groups which highlights a dynamic characteristic.


  • To remove some of the cited inappropriate informational requirements.

  • Establish procedures for existential recognition.

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