United States Ambassador Condemns Attack on Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Chair

Statement by Eric S. Rubin, U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria

October 28, 2016

We were saddened and shocked to learn of yesterday’s attack by two men on Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Chair Krassimir Kanev.  The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee is the largest organization for the protection of human rights in Bulgaria.  It is one of the most important voices standing up for the rights of all Bulgarians, and in support of European and universal values.  The attack on Mr. Kanev is an attack on all who believe in a positive, inclusive society that is open to all voices and is free of discrimination and intolerance.

We condemn this attack, call for a thorough and timely investigation of the assault on Mr. Kanev, and encourage all Bulgarians to join us in condemning all forms of intolerance and violence.