Administration of Justice

A Country Study (Library of Congress)

The Country Study presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political and national security systems and institutions of Bulgaria.

Crime Trends in Bulgaria 2000-2005

The report for a second consecutive year presents information about Bulgaria’s crime rate from an alternative source - victimization surveys - and attempts to make a systematic comparison of the crime level according to victim-reported crime and police crime data. The crime situation in Bulgaria is also compared to crime in a number of European countries. The findings of three national crime victims surveys, referred to throughout this report as National Crime Surveys (NCS), offer an opportunity to assess street crime in Bulgaria in the period 2000–2005.

Crime Trends in Bulgaria 2000-2010

"The present study examines cime trends in Bulgaria between 2000 and 2010 based on a comparison between surveys of crime victims (National Crime Survey) and police statistics. In addition to overall crime trends data, the report presents data on ten different categories of crime, as well as regional specifics of crime in Bulgaria. Criminal justice and socio-economic data is also analysed in an attempt to explain the observed trends in crime."

National Statistical Institute

Includes standard demographic information. Site has English and Bulgarian versions.

Anti-Social Acts of Minor and Juvenile Persons in 2008

Crime with Penalty Inflicted and Persons Convicted 
"Crimes and Persons Convicted 2008, containing data on crimes with penalty inflicted. The issue includes data about the activity of regional, district and martial courts in penal cases of a general, private and administrative nature. Comparable data on crimes with penalty inflicted, as well as persons convicted with sentences in force for 1989 - 2008 period are also shown."

World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems, Bulgaria

Provides a narrative description of the criminal justice system of Bulgaria. Forty-two other country descriptions are written to a common template so that comparisons of similar functions in different countries can be made easily.

Corruption & Fraud

Anti-Corruption Practitioners Network - Country Overview

Part of the United Nations Development Programme, this network overview presents information on Bulgaria's anti-corruption institutions, anti-corruption strategy, and anti-corruption legal framework. Also available are links to related documents.

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) - Council of Europe

GRECO evaluation procedures involve the collection of information through questionnaire(s), on-site country visits enabling evaluation teams to solicit further information during high-level discussions with domestic key players, and drafting of evaluation reports. These reports, which are examined and adopted by GRECO, contain recommendations to the evaluated countries in order to improve their level of compliance with the provisions under consideration. Measures taken to implement recommendations are subsequently assessed by GRECO under a separate compliance procedure

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) has published its Third Round Evaluation Report on Bulgaria. The report has been made public with the agreement of the country’s authorities. It focuses on two distinct themes: criminalization of corruption and transparency of party funding.

Drugs & Alcohol

The Drug Market in Bulgaria

This report by the Center for the Study of Democracy discusses the genesis of drug use and abuse in Bulgaria and the structure and organization of drug distribution in Bulgaria.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction - Country Overview

This overview presents a comprehensive overview of the drugs situation in Bulgaria. Topics covered in the country overview include: drug use among the general population and young people, prevention, problem drug use, treatment demand, drug-related infectious diseases, drug-related deaths, treatment responses, harm reduction responses, drug markets and drug-related offences, national drug laws, national drug strategy, coordination mechanism in the field of drugs and drug-related research. Also included in the country report are key statistics on the drug situation and a barometer that indicates the prevalence profile and relative rating of the country.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) - National Reports
Commissioned each year by the EMCDDA and produced by the national focal points of the Reitox network, the National reports draw an overall picture of the drug phenomenon at national level in each EU Member state.

Human Rights

Amnesty International - International Report
An overview of the current human rights status of Bulgaria as determined by the Amnesty International Report. In Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

Annual Reports to Congress on Human Rights Practices - Bulgaria
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, to the U.S. Congress. The law provides that the Secretary of State shall transmit a "full and complete report regarding the status of internationally recognized human rights, within the meaning of subsection (A) in countries that receive assistance under this part, and (B) in all other foreign countries which are members of the United Nations and which are not otherwise the subject of a human rights report under this Act." Reports on several countries are included that do not fall into the categories established by these statutes and that thus are not covered by the congressional requirement. The reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Univeral Declaration of Human Rights. (website).

Annual Reports to Congress on International Religious Freedom - Bulgaria
These reports, produced by the U.S. Department of State, describe the status of religious freedom in Bulgaria, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations, and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (website).

Freedom Watch - Political Rights and Civil Liberties

Country report including basis political, economic, and social data arranged in the following categories: population, gross national income per capita (GNI/per capita), life-expectancy, religious groups, ethnic groups, captial, political rights, civil liberties, status, and a ten-year ratings timeline. Includes reports from 2002-2007.

Law & the Courts

National Statistical Institute Table: Crimes with Penalty Inflicted and Persons Convicted (Basic Data) 2000 - 2008

These tables present data from 2000 to 2008 on the following subjects: crimes according to the results of the proceedings, crimes with penalty inflicted, crimes with penalty inflicted by type of crime, persons convicted by type of crime, age and sex characteristics of those convicted. In English.

Victims of Crime

Crime Trends in Bulgaria: Police Statistics and Victimization Surveys

This report by the Center for the Study of Democracy uses a crime victimization survey to assess the crime situation in Bulgaria from 2001-2004.  Report is in PDf format.  Written in English.