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Deystvie and the Council of Europe Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Unit Webinar

Protecting Human Rights through Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons in Bulgaria



The Council of Europe Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Unit, in cooperation with the organization for the rights and the social inclusion of LGBTI persons (Deystvie) and Bulgarian Authorities, will host the online event “Protecting Human Rights through Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI persons in Bulgaria” on 10th of December at 09.00 – 10.30 am (CET).


The event – held on this particular date to mark International Human Rights Day – will serve as an occasion to launch the Bulgarian version of the training manual ‘Policing Hate Crime against LGBTI Persons: Training for a professional Police response’. The discussion will feature significant contributions from the civil society and governmental representatives.


The event will be opened by:

  • Milena Ivanova, Head of Human Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Irena Guidikova, Head of Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Programmes Division, Council of Europe


And moderated by:

  • Veneta Limberova, Chair of Deystvie Association


The discussion will also feature interventions from:

  • Inspector Penka Stoyanova, Patrolling sector, Public Order Police Department – on behalf of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Denitsa Lyubenova, Attorney at Law

  • Maria Marinova-Alkalay, Antidiscrimination Expert and Trainer


The event will be streamed live in Bulgarian on Deystvie’s Facebook page.

The event will be streamed live in English on Deystvie’s Youtube channel.



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