Civil Rights

UMD: Nees Taktikes Ekfovismou Enantion Klirikou tis Ethnikis Makedonikis Meionotitas stin Ellada

Ο Πρόεδρος της Ενωμένη Μακεδονική Διασπορά (UMD) θα ήθελε να εκφράσει βαθιά ανησυχία για μια επίθεση κατά ενός εθνικά Μακεδόνα κληρικού και ακτιβιστή για τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα, στην Ελλάδα, σήμερα. Ο Πρόεδρος της UMD Metodija A. Koloski δήλωσε: Σύμφωνα με τα τελευταία νέα, αναφέρονται δυο ανησυχητικές και αισχρές επιθέσεις — μια στις 3 Απριλίου και μια στις 4 Απριλίου –…

MIYATTA sings about the Macedonian refugees from Greece

The latest song “Postojam (I exist)” by the Macedonian singer MIYATTA sings about the Macedonian tragedy, the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Macedonians from Greece during the Greek civil war (1948). The biggest tragedy in these painful pictures are the “Detsa begalci (Children Refugees)” when thousands of children were loaded on trains and sent out of Greece by the…

UMD Condemns Bulgaria’s Unjustified Investigations Against Members of OMO Illindern PIRIN

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 14, 2008 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) joins the European Free Alliance (EFA) and the Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) in their condemnation of Bulgaria’s reactivation of unjustified and immoral investigations against the members of OMO Ilinden-PIRIN.  UMD reminds the public that Bulgaria’s actions have been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights,…

For three days, we were “Slav-Macedonians” in Brussels!

Source: Utrinski Vesnik  Greece is introducing the issue of the Macedonian language into EU through the front door “Slav-Macedonians” Appears in Meijer’s Report! Long-ranging strategy of Athens to fight everything with the adjective “Macedonian” By Slobodanka Jovanovska Translated by UMD Staff Brussels – While Macedonia is dealing with elections, Greece does everything possible to undermine our position in the EU.…

Greek LAOS deputy demands death penalty for Macedonians!

SOURCE: Dnevnik  By Hristo Ivanovski and Zana P. Bozinovska Translated by Zlatko Nikolovski  According to Athanassios Plevris, the Macedonians committed felony when denominating “Skopje” as “Macedonia” and the language as “Macedonian”. Deputy Athanassios Plevris of the People’s Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party has demanded death penalties for the members of the ethnic Macedonian party “Vinozito” [Rainbow] in Greece and for the…

UMD Commemorates World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 20, 2008 – On World Refugee Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates the 60th anniversary of the plight and mass exodus of thousands of Macedonian children, called “Deca Begalci,” that were forcefully expelled by Greek army forces during the Greek Civil War (1944-1949).  UMD calls upon Greece to recognize the inhumane treatment of these Macedonians…

The Drama of the Aegean Macedonians

The Drama of the Aegean Macedonians

ource: Utrinski Vesnik  By Viktor Cvetanovski Translated by Zlatko Nikolovski, UMD Member in Vienna, Austria An eight-day long nighttime march through ice and snow.   “Together with another two women and 40 children, on March 26, 1948, we abandoned the village after the attack by government troops, who kidnapped 13 children whose parents were in the DAG divisions, while we hid ourselves…

UMD applauds Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski for raising the question of the Aegan Macedonians

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) applaud the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Nikola Gruevski, for his recent letter to the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Kostas Karamanlis.  The letter officially sheds light on the plight of Aegean Macedonians; exiled from their homes in what is now Northern Greece, and disallowed…

UMD Sends Letter to U.S. State Department Regarding Archimandrite Tsarknias

UMD Sends Letter to U.S. State Department Regarding Archimandrite Tsarknias

Greece continues to deny the right to religious minorities to open up their own religious institutions. On Friday, October 24, 2008, the United Macedonian Diaspora sent a letter to Assistant Secretary David J. Kramer of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor regarding the continuous discrimination policies of the Greek state against The Very Reverend Archimandrite Nikodimos Tsarknias, a…

UN Report Recommends Greece withdraw from Dispute over Existence of Macedonian Minority

Summary prepared by UMD team.  Click HERE for full report.  The United Nations independent expert on minority issues and former Executive Director of Global Rights: Partners for Justice, Gay J. McDougall, visited Greece between September 8th and 16th of 2008.  Under the auspices of the United Nations, she issued the United Nations official findings on the human rights of minorities…