Bulgaria: Information on the Democratic Party of the Worker (DPT), led by Kamen Byrov, which has the objective of advancing the rights of Pomaks in Bulgaria
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 August 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||BGR21439.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Bulgaria: Information on the Democratic Party of the Worker (DPT), led by Kamen Byrov, which has the objective of advancing the rights of Pomaks in Bulgaria, 1 August 1995, BGR21439.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6acf73a.html [accessed 20 April 2015]|
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Information on the Democratic Party of the Worker could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB. The 1994 and 1995 editions of Country Reports report that a party which "professes to represent the interests of Bulgaria's Pomak population" was registered as a political party, but no name is provided (1994, 820; 1995, 768).
However, please consult the attachments for information on the Democratic Party of Labor, led by a Kamen Burov, which claims to represent the interests of Pomaks. Additional information indicating whether or not this is the same party and leader could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
According to the Central Electoral Commission, in the 18 December 1994 elections for the National Assembly, a Democratic Labor Party, bearing registration number 43, received 2,450 votes, representing 0.05 of votes cast (Durzhaven Vestnik 30 Dec. 1994). This source does not list either the Democratic Party of the Worker, or the Democratic Party of Labor (ibid.).
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1994. 1995. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1993. 1994. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.
Durzhaven Vestnik [Sofia, in Bulgarian]. 30 December 1994. "Election Results, Names of Representatives." (FBIS-EEU-95-055 22 Mar. 1995, p. 43)
BBC Summary of World Broadcasts. 11 May 1993. "USA Asked to Help Get Pomaks Recognised as Ethnic Group." (NEXIS)
_____. 15 January 1993. "Details of New Ethnic Turkish Parties." (NEXIS)
24 Chasa [Sofia, in Bulgarian]. 3 December 1992. "Pomaks Plan To Form `Democratic Party of Labor'." (FBIS-EEU-92-238 10 Dec. 1992. p. 6)
Additional Sources Consulted
Europa Year Book 1994.
Political Handbook of the World 1994-1995.