Source: (1999) The Victimologist. 3(2).

Against claims to the contrary, Dobrinka Chankova asserts that the Bulgarian justice system has ignored victims of crime for a long time. While some basic protection for victims has been provided, Bulgaria has not achieved the full implementation of the UN Declaration on Basic Principles of Justice on Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power. Still, Chankova acknowledges, some positive developments are occurring. In this article, she describes the traditional position of crime victims in Bulgarian criminal justice, recent changes in the legal status of crime victims, and continuing shortcomings of the system.

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