Civil Rights

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…

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 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 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 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 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…

Jewish community condemns Nazi attack in Australia

Press Release 6 May 2011 Jewish community condemns Nazi attack  Click HERE for original copy of press release. The Jewish Community Council of Victoria is appalled by the racism and wanton destruction of property in the attack on the Altona Magic Soccer Club on Tuesday 3rd May. During the attack, ten-grave shaped holes were dug into the pitch, the locker rooms…

UMD Outraged Over Greek Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Australia

UMD Outraged Over Greek Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Australia

5 May 2011 – Melbourne, Australia – The United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) expressed its outrage over the May 3, 2011 outburst of violent Greek nationalism underlined with Neo-Nazi ideology that has targeted Macedonians in Australia.  Destruction of property of the Macedonian football club Altona Magic in Melbourne has resonated in the wider Macedonian-Australian community with questions about the extent to which…

UMD à l’UE: Les Macédoniens parlent “Macédonien” Non “langue officielle”

In English: UMD to EU: Macedonians Speak “Macedonian”, Not “Official Language” 11 avril 2011 – Washington, D.C. et Paris, France – La diaspora macédonienne unie (“UMD”) exprime son indignation forte que le Parlement européen a cessé de faire référence – dans les documents officiels de l’Union européenne (“UE”) – à la République de Macédoine en tant que langue “Macédonienne” et,…

UMD to EU: Macedonians Speak “Macedonian”, Not “Official Language”

en français: UMD à l’UE: Les Macédoniens parlent “Macédonien” Non “langue officielle” April 11, 2011 – Washington, D.C. & Paris, France – The United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) expresses its strong outrage that the European Parliament has ceased referring – in official European Union (“EU”) documents — to the Republic of Macedonia’s language as “Macedonian” and, instead, has begun using the mindless…