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Bulgarian Group to Monitor Rights

November 02, 1989| Reuters

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgarian dissidents, struggling under one of Eastern Europe's most orthodox Communist governments, formed a group Wednesday to monitor human rights.

Activist Anton Zapryanov said he and 11 others had founded the Helsinki Watch committee to check Bulgaria's compliance with the human rights provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Declaration on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Similar committees exist in Western European countries as well as in Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

Zapryanov told Western journalists that the Bulgarian committee will seek association with the International Helsinki Federation.

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