Civil Rights

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.…

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,…

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: 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 –…

UMD Mourns Death of Congressman Tom Lantos

Washington, D.C. – February 11, 2008 – With great sorrow, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) learned that Congressman Tom Lantos passed away this morning.  On behalf of its members across the United States of America, UMD expresses condolences to the Lantos family and mourns the passing of this great American. Congressman Lantos was the Chairman of the House Committee on…

Greece Denies Entry to a US Citizen

Greece Denies Entry to a US Citizen

Bitola, Macedonia – On February 2nd 2008, Slavko Mangovski, a U.S. citizen, who is also a Macedonian citizen, carrying a US passport was denied entry to Greece at the Macedonia-Greece border crossing point of Medjitlia – Nikki even though Greece does not require visas for individuals with U.S. passports. This is not the first time that Mr. Mangovski has been…

MHRMI 2008 Annual Report – The Macedonian Minority in Greece

Toronto, Canada – Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has issued its 2008 Annual Report – The Macedonian Minority in Greece, outlining Greece’s systematic policy of forced assimilation and persecution of its Macedonian minority.   “Greece vigorously denies the existence of any ethnic minorities on its territory and attempts to suppress any voices that advocate human rights. Simply raising the issue…