Sofia Development Association initiated a meeting entitled “Mechanisms for protection of human rights of persons seeking and receiving international protection”, co-organized with UNHCR on July 3, 2019 at SofiaLab. The meeting brought together human rights and advocacy institutions and organizations to present to migrant and migrant organizations how they could be of assistance to them.

Sofia Ombudsperon Lilia Hristova, the Chairman of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Krasimir Kanev, Dimitar Bongalov, Director of the National Preventive Mechanism and Human `rights and Liberties with the National Ombudsperson institution, Elka Bozhkova with the Committee for the Prevention of Discrimination, Ivelina Yungareva with the General Labor Inspectorate and Ivan Bachvarov with the Commission for Consumer Protection were among the speakers presenting how migrants can benefit from their line of work.

The discussion afterwards focused on cross-silo interaction to solve migrant problems, improving human rights protection mechanisms and framework and developing active citizenship.