Violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is all too common in Bulgaria. Amnesty International has been told of dozens of recent cases where LGBT individuals were beaten, raped, and in one case, murdered. Amnesty International documented delays in the investigation and prosecution of two such crimes, and found that police and prosecutors often treated survivors with indifference. Bulgaria does not have specific laws covering hate crimes carried out on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The absence of legislation makes it difficult to adequately investigate or prosecute these acts.