Civil Rights

UMD Demands That Greek Police Fulfill Their Duty to Ensure Safety in Meliti, Greece

July 23, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) demands that Greek police fulfill their duty to protect Greek citizens of (and visitors to) Meliti, Greece (Ovcarani in Macedonian) during their annual Ilinden Festival this weekend.  Every year, thousands of Greek citizens and others from around the world with a Macedonian cultural background or identity converge on…

UMD Slams Bulgaria over Blatantly False Census Results and Ongoing Serious Human Rights Violations

July 24, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) slammed the Bulgarian government for its National Statistical Office’s (NSO) 2011 Census that was released this past Thursday.  According to the NSO, only 1,654 Bulgarian citizens – out of the total of over 7.3 million citizens in the country — declared Macedonian descent, suggesting quite ridiculously that the…

UMD Deplores Actions of Bulgarian National Security Agency to Stamp Down on Media Freedom

February 1, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) issued a statement today deploring actions by the Bulgarian State Agency of National Security (acronym DANS) to stamp down on freedom of the media and urging Bulgaria to respect the civil rights of their sizable Macedonian minority.  UMD believes this attack on freedom of the media coincides with…

UMD Urges Macedonia to Recognize South Sudan

UMD Urges Macedonia to Recognize South Sudan

August 2, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) urged today Macedonia’s Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki to recognize South Sudan as an independent and sovereign nation.  After a reported 98.83 percent of its population voted for independence from Sudan in a referendum this past January, South Sudan became the world’s 193rd nation on…

UMD Commemorates the Victims of Brutality — the 1912-1913 Balkan Wars and Their Aftermath

August 10, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – On this day 98 years ago, the Treaty of Bucharest formally ended the 1912-1913 Balkan Wars. Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and millions of Macedonians worldwide solemnly commemorate the victims of those brutal wars. UMD reproaches Greece and Bulgaria for their over-a-century old (and continuing) policies of forced assimilation of Macedonian identifying…

UMD Condemns Greek Police Detainment of Macedonian Journalists

August 17, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is appalled at recent events in Lerin/Florina, where Greek national security officers and police detained two Macedonian journalists on suspicion of “photography in a public place.”  UMD is deeply concerned that intimidation continues to be the main tool used by the Greek state to deny basic human rights…

UMD Deplores Metropolitan Anthimos’ Easter Homily

April 6, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) takes strong issue with the contention of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan that “Macedonians, as an ethnic group, do not exist.”  UMD also deplores his general philippic characterizing the Greek Government’s position on the “name dispute” as consistent with his statement denying the existence of a Macedonian ethnicity and…

UMD Calls on Greek Orthodox Church to Condemn Priest’s Anti-Macedonian Statements

April 1, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) calls on the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos II, as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to condemn unequivocally the blatant anti-Macedonian statements of Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki, one of the church’s highest officials.  “This rhetoric is unacceptable, counter-productive and injurious to the image…

UMD Calls For Greek Metropolitan’s Excommunication

UMD Outraged by Anthimos’s Incitement of Violence Against Macedonians August 20, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expressed its outrage at Sunday’s sermon by Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki (Solun).*  He called upon Greek youth and others to join him in 40-50 buses, travel to the town of Meliti (Ovcharani),* and destroy a planned Macedonian language radio…

Australian Tribunal Dismisses Greek Lobby’s Frivolous Legal Action Against Macedonian Newspaper

September 4, 2011 – Melbourne, Australia – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates the Australian Macedonian Weekly for successfully defending the right to a free press in Australia.  On August 30, 2011, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Senior Member Ms. Noreeen Megay dismissed the complaint brought against the Macedonian newspaper by the Greek political lobby group AMAC, ending a two-year legal dispute.…

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Bulgaria…Again

European Court of Human Rights Rules Against Bulgaria…Again

October 27, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – On October 18th, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) again found the Bulgarian state to have violated the human rights of the Macedonian minority, including freedom of assembly. While encouraged by the decision, the United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) calls on the Republic of Bulgaria to finally recognize its Macedonian minority in…

ACTION ALERT: Support Macedonia’s Struggle Against Greece’s Intransigence

ACTION ALERT: Support Macedonia’s Struggle Against Greece’s Intransigence

November 8, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) announced a special media campaign to support Macedonia’s struggle against Greece’s intransigence.  Through this campaign, UMD hopes to draw the attention of newspaper/magazine editors throughout the United States about Greece’s high-dollar propaganda war against Macedonia during the last twenty years.  This year, Macedonia celebrated its 20th Anniversary…