The CPD was established in 2005 by a special Act – the Protection against Discrimination Act (PaDA), adopted by the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria.
The Commission consists of 9 members – the National Assembly appoints five members, including the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Commission and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria appoints 4 members.
The mandate of the members of the Commission is five years
In the election or appointment of the Commission members, the principles of balanced participation of women and men and of participation of persons belonging to ethnic minorities is respected
The CPD is accredited as a National human rights institution with status “B” by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.
The Commission also acts as a national contact point on hate crimes with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. In this capacity, the Commission annually collects data on hate crimes as instructed by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
Predominantly tribunal-type (quasi-judicial) body
|Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups ( e.g. through trainings )|
|Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)|
|Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)|
|Recommendations on discrimination issues|
|Publications and reports|
|Research projects (including surveys)|
|Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)|
|Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)|
|Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media|
|Grounds / Fields||Employment||Education||Housing||Social Protection & Healthcare||Goods and Services||Other|
|Race and Ethnic Origin|
|Religion & Belief|