MINELRES: Bulgaria: Civil Coalition Citizens Against Hatred to sue leader of Ataka Coalition for incitement to hatred

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Civil Coalition "Citizens Against Hatred" files lawsuit against Volen

86 organisations and individuals will sue the leader of the Ataka
Coalition for incitement to hatred

Sofia, 1 December 2005 - 86 organisations will file a civil lawsuit
against the leader of the Ataka [Attack] Coalition Volen Siderov for
incitement to hatred under the Protection from Discrimination Act. The
lawsuit has been initiated by the Civil Coalition “Citizens Against
Hatred” established by the film director Georgi Dyulgerov, writer
Dimitar Bochev, political scientist Evgenii Dainov, satirist Yordan
Popov, literary critic Mihail Nedelchev, writers Teodora Dimova and
Dimitar Bochev, and political scientist Antoni Todorov.

The organizations and individuals, on whose behalf the lawsuit will be
filed, are active in the field of human rights, women’s rights, ecology,
healthcare, disability rights, media. The coalition also includes
individuals with minority background. According to the coaltion members,
Siderov’s speeches during his pre-election campaign and his subsequent
speeches in parliament, as well as his appearances on the SKAT
television network, constitute incitement to discrimination, harassment
and derogation of their prestige.

The civil lawsuit will be filed on 7 December. “The action is not
financial. Its goal is to protect the rights of the concerned
individuals and to restrict speech that propagates division,” said the
coalition’s attorney, Margarita Ilieva.

The coalition's site contains the coalition manifesto and a list of the
coalition member organisations and individuals,
A list of the organisations and individuals from the Civil Coalition
"Citizens Against Hatred" is also available at the Bulgarian Helsinki
Committee website,

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