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Parliamentary questions
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28 November 2018
Question for written answer E-006006-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Barbara Matera (PPE)

 Subject:  Political repression and violation of the human rights of two women politicians in Bulgaria
 Answer in writing 

Recently, the arrest and imprisonment of Dessislava Ivancheva and Bilyana Petrova, Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Mladost District of Sofia Municipality in Bulgaria, has called into question respect for democracy within the region.

There is no evidence against these women for their alleged crime, and they have been treated with little by way of human dignity during their incarceration, citing verbal abuse, a lack of access to sunlight and fresh air, confined spaces and coercion.

Moreover, the rule of law is not being respected, with a lack of evidence against them, the denial of representation upon arrest, and the rejection of the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

Ms Ivancheva is a democratically-elected politician whose political opinions on maintaining green zones within the region, including opposing illegal construction projects, and her launching of a lawsuit that would investigate the privatisation of certain properties, run counter to the ruling party’s stance in Bulgaria.

Against this backdrop:

What is the Commission doing to investigate, resolve and punish these blatant human rights violations?

In addition, what can be done to investigate and counteract these anti-democratic practices in the region?

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