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World Jock Palfreeman supporters in Bulgaria face deregistration as human rights group

04:45  01 october  2019
04:45  01 october  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Jock Palfreeman waits on new passport amid outcry over release

  Jock Palfreeman waits on new passport amid outcry over release Jock Palfreeman is awaiting a new passport so he can return home to Australia after serving 11 years in a Bulgarian prison.Palfreeman, 32, was granted parole last week after serving 11 years of a 20-year sentence for fatally stabbing Bulgarian law student Andrei Monov, 23, during a brawl in the capital Sofia in 2007.

Jock Palfreeman (born 13 November 1986) is an Australian who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years in a Bulgarian prison.

Jock Palfreeman the Chairman of Bulgarian Prisoners' association was nominated for Human of the Year for achievements in defending the human rights of prisoners in Bulgaria . Group of people in Bulgaria protested against this nomination. Some nominees withdrew their nomination.

One of Bulgaria's leading human rights advocates says his support for Australian Jock Palfreeman has prompted a government push to deregister his organisation.

The far-right Bulgarian party VRMO, one of two parties sharing power in government, has written to the prosecutor general demanding that the Bulgaria Helsinki Committee (BHC) be banned.

In a press release, the VRMO claimed that by organising seminars with prosecutors and judges and by representing clients in the European Court of Human Rights and before domestic courts, the BHC was interfering with judicial independence.

Jock Palfreeman 'in some sort of danger' after being freed on parol in Bulgaria, lawyer says

  Jock Palfreeman 'in some sort of danger' after being freed on parol in Bulgaria, lawyer says The lawyer for an Australian held in detention in Bulgaria calls on the Australian Government to quickly "put him on the plane" out of the country, saying he is in danger from state authorities. Kalin Angelov said Jock Palfreeman has signed an application to voluntarily leave Bulgaria from within the walls of the Busmantsi Detention Centre, where he has been held since Friday. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

According to Jock Palfreeman , the Bulgarians were attacking a Roma (Gypsy man) and he ran The prosecution argued that Jock Palfreeman attacked the group unprovoked, motivated by his radial The system in Bulgaria had exposed the lack of accessibility, hence Jock 's rights as an individual

A human rights group , or human rights organization, is a non-governmental organization which advocates for human rights through identification of their violation, collecting incident data

Krassmir Kanev, chairman of the BHC, described the move as "part of a wider battle between reformists and the old guard".

"This is an unprecedented attempt to silence a human rights organisation in Europe," Dr Kanev said.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Krassmir Kanev described the move by the VRMO as an © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Krassmir Kanev described the move by the VRMO as an "unprecedented attempt to silence" the group. (ABC News: Dobrin Kashavelov) "Even in [Vladimir] Putin's Russia, [such] organisations were branded as 'foreign agents' but none was prohibited."

One of BHC's clients is Palfreeman, 32, who was convicted of murder and attempted murder in 2009 and sentenced to 20 years with a non-parole period of 10 years.

"I think that my support to Jock's case played a role in this," Dr Kanev said.

Jock Palfreeman's parents call on Scott Morrison to help get him out of Bulgaria

  Jock Palfreeman's parents call on Scott Morrison to help get him out of Bulgaria The parents of an Australian man detained in Bulgaria are calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to intervene and help secure his release. © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Simon and Helen Palfreeman say they want more political support for their son. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard) "I think what's been happening in Bulgaria is that the whole thing has become very political," Jock Palfreeman's father Simon Palfreeman told 7.30.

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many

Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, its compliance with human rights norms, however, is far from perfect. Although the media have a record of unbiased reporting, Bulgaria ’s lack of specific legislation protecting the media from state interference is a theoretical weakness.

The Australian has always claimed he was acting in self-defence during the 2007 street fight in which he stabbed and killed local law student Andrei Monov.

Palfreeman established Bulgaria's first convicted prisoners' union while he was in prison. With Dr Kanev's help, he has taken the cases of other prisoners to European and Bulgarian courts.

Palfreeman was granted parole on September 19 and released from prison the next day but was taken to a detention centre for illegal migrants because he did not have a passport.

Although he now has the requisite paperwork and has agreed to deportation, Palfreeman is still locked up in the detention centre while a political storm rages outside.

Jock Palfreeman has been granted parole after 11 years in a Bulgarian prison.© ABC News Jock Palfreeman has been granted parole after 11 years in a Bulgarian prison. The Supreme Judicial Council, which oversees the judiciary, sided with public and political condemnation of the three judges who granted parole and their judgement.

Newly released fight footage supports claim of self defence, Jock Palfreeman says

  Newly released fight footage supports claim of self defence, Jock Palfreeman says Footage of the 2007 fight in which Jock Palfreeman stabbed and killed a Bulgarian man in Sofia has been published for the first time, which Palfreeman says supports his claim he had acted in self-defence. © AAP Image/ABC TV The 32-year-old Sydneysider was found guilty of murder in 2009 and sentenced to 20 years in jail.After serving more than 11 years in a Sofia prison, a court granted him parole two weeks ago. But he has been held in an immigration detention facility ever since, pending a highly irregular appeal by Bulgaria's powerful prosecutor-general.

Many leading human rights NGOs are based in London. Although they might be working with countries around the world, London is a great base for international organisations to The UNA-UK is a London-based charity devoted to building support for an effective UN, by stimulating action in the country.

Briefly, Palfreeman ’s version of events is he saw a group of more than a dozen young men Bulgaria is party to both the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Brexit supporters gather during a rally in London in late August 2019, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Almost 300 judges have returned fire with a strongly worded letter decrying the loss of judicial independence that this represents.

Last week another far-right party called Ataka protested outside the Sofia Palace of Justice. Some of the signs read "Helsinki Committee — prosecution under Article 105 for espionage in favour of a foreign state".

Dr Kanev said the timing of the VRMO attack is designed to further a wider political agenda by playing off the furore over the Palfreeman case.

"The entire proposal was made in the framework of that debate. And it is supposed to put further pressure on the Palfreeman case, although this is by no means its only and probably not its major purpose. The latter is the attack on the reformist judges," he said.

"We treat the VMRO attack as coming from the Government. The VMRO is part of the governing coalition; their president is Deputy Prime Minister."

Australian prisoner languishes in limbo in Bulgaria .
Australian prisoner Jock Palfreeman's bid for parole, and freedom, in Bulgaria has ignited a political firestorm, both in the country he is being detained - and in the Sydneysider's home town.The chief prosecutor wants to reverse a decision to grant the 32-year-old parole, halfway through his 20-year sentence for murder. Many believe he should serve out the full sentence.

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