Civil Rights

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…

State Department Releases 2008 Human Rights Reports

State Department Releases 2008 Human Rights Reports

“Human progress depends on the human spirit. This inescapable truth has never been more apparent than it is today, when the challenges of a new century require us to summon the full range of human talents to move our nation and our world forward,” stated Secretary Clinton today upon the release of the 2008 State Department Human Rights Reports.  To…

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 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 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 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 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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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.…