Civil Rights

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…

UMD Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

UMD Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DECEMBER 10, 2008 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights today.  “On this day, 60 years ago human rights for all people were enshrined through this important Declaration,” noted Metodija A. Koloski, UMD President, adding also that “for Macedonians, this day is especially significant because, to…

UMD Sends Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Regarding Macedonians in Greece

Washington, D.C. – On April 6, 2009, the United Macedonian Diaspora sent the following letter to the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton regarding the lack of civil and human rights of the Macedonian minority living in Greece.  ————— The Honorable Hillary Rodham ClintonThe Secretary of StateU.S. Department of State2201 C Street NWWashington, D.C. 20520 Dear Madam Secretary: On…

UMD Condemns Greek Ultra-Nationalists’ Attack on Peaceful Presentation

June 4, 2009, Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) strongly condemned the appalling attack by militant operatives of the Greek Ultra-nationalist political party “Chrysi Avyi” (Golden Dawn) at a peaceful presentation of the 1st Greek-Macedonian Dictionary to be published in Greece written by Vasko Karadzha on June 2, 2009 at the Foreign Press Association in Athens, Greece.  The…

UMD Seeks Human Rights Country Scholars

Founded in 2004, United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is an international non-governmental organization addressing the interests and needs of Macedonians and Macedonian communities throughout the world. The United Macedonian Diaspora is looking for unpaid interns to work as Country Scholars.  Country Scholars will be required to research, write, and submit to the Board of Directors reports on their respective assignments. Summary…

UMD Congratulates Greece on OSCE Chairmanship

PRESS RELEASEJanuary 8, 2008    For Immediate ReleaseContact:Boban Jovanovski(202) 756-2244 [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 8, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) takes this opportunity to congratulate Greece upon the occasion of its accession to the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The OSCE historically and practically remains the premier organization for the encouragement of…

UMD Applauds Hot Springs Film Festival for Screening “Next Year in Lerin”

UMD Applauds Hot Springs Film Festival for Screening “Next Year in Lerin”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 20, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (www.hsdfi.org) for its decision to screen the movie Next Year in Lerin this year.  “We are honored that the Hot Springs Film Festival accepted our initiative to screen this movie.  Although the film is almost ten years old, the continued discrimination and denial of the most basic human rights to Macedonians in Greece remains prevalent.  This film festival is a great medium to present this documentary,” said UMD Chairman of the Board and Vice President Aleksandar Mitreski.

UMD Strongly Condemns Sofia Mayor Borisov’s Plans to “Buy” Macedonia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 6, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) categorically condemns Sofia mayor Boyko Borisov’s recent statements in Chicago advocating an effective “buyout” of Macedonia by Bulgarians to ensure “friendly relations” between the two states.  “Such a statement by a leading politician of an EU and NATO member is deeply troubling and reveals a fundamental ignorance of…

UMD Dismayed at CoE Committee of Ministers Resolution to Override ECHR Judgement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 2, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expressed dismay over a December 1, 2009 resolution passed by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers regarding the registration of the political party of the ethnic Macedonian national minority in Bulgaria, OMO Ilinden PIRIN.  The resolution encourages OMO Ilinden PIRIN to go through the Bulgarian legal system…