Civil Rights

UMD Human Rights Delegation Visits Ottawa

UMD Human Rights Delegation Visits Ottawa

After several high-level meetings and events in Washington, D.C., United Macedonian Diaspora’s Human Rights Delegation continued to Canada, to spread the word about the Greek government’s systemic oppression of the Macedonian community in Greece.  On October 25th and 26th, UMD Greece Representative, Eugenia Natsoulidou, and Archimandrite Nikodim Tsarknias were joined by UMD Director of Communications Mark Branov for official meetings…

Washington, D.C. Panel: The Rise of Extremism in Greece and Its Impact on Minorities

Washington, D.C. Panel: The Rise of Extremism in Greece and Its Impact on Minorities

On October 23, 2012, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. to address the rise of extremism in Greece and what impact it has had on native, ethnic, migrant and religious minorities in Greece.  The panel featured Archimandrite Nikodim Tsarknias, the representative of Greece’s Macedonian Orthodox religious community, Sali Bollati, Secretary-General of the Albanian American…

Archimandrite Tsarknias Meets U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Archimandrite Tsarknias Meets U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

On October 23, 2012, Archimandrite Nikodim Tsarknias, the religious leader of the Macedonian Orthodox Church in Greece, met with Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State.  Archimandrite Tsarknias brought to Ambassador Johnson Cook’s attention the challenges of the Macedonian Orthodox faith community in Greece and the Greek government’s long-standing policy…

UMD: International Community Pressure On Greece Needed to Ensure Freedom of Religion

On the eve of International Religious Freedom Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) calls on the international community to strongly condemn the Greek government’s ongoing denial of basic religious freedoms to all Greek citizens.    On October 27th, the world observes that: “…everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion…freedom to change his religion or belief, and…

UMD Promotes Macedonian Language in Greece at Influential European Conference

UMD Greece Representative and Co-Founder of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa (Voden) (ECME), Eugenia Natsoulidou participated at the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity’s General Assembly (NPLD GA), in Corsica, France, on October 4, 2012 to promote the status of the Macedonian language in Greece.   ECME was elected during the General Assembly as an Associate Member, the first…

German FAZ: Forced Exile and Hellenization of the Aegean Macedonians is the “Sin of Greece”

According to Michael Martens in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on August 2, 2012: “Currently, Greece’s foreign policy mainly consists of attempts to supplement the battered reputation of the state.  Besides this, Athens‘ diplomacy is focused on their foreign policy’s principal enemy, the neighboring country named Macedonia, a country whose EU and NATO membership has being combated in Athens…

UMD: Lambrinidis Unacceptable Choice As EU Human Rights Envoy

July 26, 2012 – Washington, D.C. and Thessaloniki (Solun) – The European Union (EU) appointed its first “Special Representative for Human Rights” yesterday, an office which would ostensibly fight on behalf of the victims of bigotry in the EU and would be independently operating from their national governments.  The choice of nationalistic former Foreign Minister of Greece, Stavros Lambrinidis, undermines…

UMD Names First Representative for Greece, in Aegean Macedonia

UMD Names First Representative for Greece, in Aegean Macedonia

June 26, 2012 – Thessaloniki (Solun) and Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is proud to announce its first official representative for Greece, in Aegean Macedonia.  Eugenia “Evgenija” Natsoulidou, a long-time activist and co-founder of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa (Voden), was appointed by a unanimous vote of the UMD Board of Directors. “Expanding our human…

UMDiaspora Expresses Gratitude to Slovenian Parliamentarian Jelko Kacin

UMDiaspora sends a letter of gratitude to Jelko Kacin for his continued support to the Republic of Macedonia’s aspirations to join the European Union.   Dear Mr. Kacin: The United Macedonian Diaspora, a Washington D.C. based organization with local offices across the world, would like to thank you on behalf of all Macedonians for your energy and activism in supporting…

Letter to U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice

UMDiaspora provides documentation to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the state sponsored discrimination against Macedonian minorities in Greece. In addition, UMDiaspora encourages the U.S. to continue its support to Republic of Macedonia after formally recognizing the country under its constitutional name on November 4th, 2004. July 1st 2005 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice U.S. Department of State 2201…

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…