P E T I T I O N
           TO THE CHAIRMAN OF  THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF
                                 REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
                                                                                              Reg.No. 28-00-11, 17.09.1997
     MR. CHAIRMAN,
     On the grounds of art.45 of the constitution we appeal of placing our demands at public discussion and in the parliamentary agenda the following drafts of bills, legislative changes and civil rights supported by 6000 citizens with their signatures:
     We demand public discussion and referenda on the bills of:
     - information
     - national referenda (or resp. legislative changes)
     - civic legislative initiative including changes in the Constitution
     - new election law
     - origin of personal wealths unlawfully earned after 1985
 
     We demand especially the rights of:
     - legally guaranteed access for all to the any public information in all public institutions which is not explicitly specified as secret by law;
     - free expression, exchange and dissemination of information for all the everyone guaranteed by civic access to public media and to the public agenda;
     - effective protection of personal information;
     - precise legal regulation of secrets;
     - civic participation in the protection of information rights through a network of public bodies;
     - legislative initiative for the citizens;
     - national referendum initiative for the citizens;
 
     We demand that all these and other laws and rights concerning contact points between citizens and public power and the redistribution of national wealth in the transition to democracy and market economy be enacted after public discussions and/or
 national referenda.
 
     We demand that the citizens were better informed about who and how is running the state, more broadly participating and more often consulted about decisions concerning national capital, citizens' private property and civil rights.
 
     We demand that all those who are guilty for the catastrophic performance and the damages done to Bulgaria up to now be held responsible not only politically but also by indictment to recompense the harms done to our community.
 
     We demand restoration of all the assets appropriated via misuse of power by all the ones that have been `eating up' instead of governing Bulgaria for the last 7-8 years and that have crashed the reforms doubling their price today.
 
     The legalization of wealths accumulated by abuse of power since 1985 and the implicit pardoning of the officials and politicians that assisted the process and brought the present disaster would be the worst instance of irresponsible governance and an
 encouragement of future anti-national policies of those in power.
 
     Besides it would be a cruel injustice to make the once robbed population pay again a heavy price for reforms, while not disturbing the ones that have pillaged the economy and are illegally holding today vast amounts of our capital and resources.
 
     In order to avoid a second `crash' of transition and to save the fragile trust in power the citizens must be directly involved in the struggle against crime and "mafias", in checking up bad governance and restitution of plundered national
 commonwealth, which you will invite them (the citizens) for, we hope. But to that purpose every individual must be granted more individual rights of participation and information.
 
     Only by inviting extensive civic participation the government will manage to out-fight the state from foreign and "domestic" mafias and put to an end the national bribery and unpunished robbery via state power.
 
     Give more rights to the common citizens. Lean on them in the fight for saving Bulgaria. They won't mislead you, they won't betray Bulgaria. Civic participation will make transition more genuine, more fair and easier for all.
 
     Applications:
     1. Draft Law of information.
     2. Signatures, gathered after the 10th of January 1997.
     3. Address to the National Assembly from July, 31st 1996.
     4. Address to the citizens from March, 3rd 1997.
 
     With respect and with trust: Free Information Society
 


  I  AM  NOT  A  BULGAIRAN  CITIZEN  BUT  I  SUPPORT  THESE  DEMANDS.
  THIS IS A COMMON AGENDA FOR A  DEMOCRATIC WORLD.
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