Civil Rights

Bulgaria: Minority Rights a Prerequisite to EU Membership

Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) calls on the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights to ensure that human rights, and in particular, the rights of the Macedonian minority, are respected by the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria. Over the past 50 years, successive Bulgarian governments have systematically discriminated against the country’s Macedonian minority. Most…

Oppressed Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria

Source: Macedonian Human Rights Movement International Press Release – October 22, 2006 Bulgaria has stepped up its campaign of blatant racism and intimidation against its large Macedonian minority only months before its acceptance into the European Union. Following a defamation campaign against Macedonian political party OMO Ilinden PIRIN by Bulgarian media, (see MHRMI press releases dated Sept. 14, 2006 and…

Vojvodina Macedonians, a people with two homelands

Source: Macedonian daily Utrinski Vesnik  Translated by UMDiaspora Staff “I was born on February 17 1946, the first child to Macedonian immigrants in Vojvodina (a province of Serbia). My parents Petrush and Stana had come to the village of Jabuka from German (a village in the northeast of Macedonia), just a month before my birth. They made a home for themselves…

Macedonian Abecedar re-published in Greece after 81 years

Macedonian Abecedar re-published in Greece after 81 years

The Macedonian language primer entitled Abecedar, which was published in Athens in 1925 as a result of the short-lived recognition of the Macedonian ethnic minority after the World War I, was recently re-published in Greece after 81 years.  The original Abecedar was intended to serve as a picture booklet for children of Macedonian heritage living in Greece so that they could…

Bulgarian Media Sets New Low for Publicly Sanctioned Racism Against Macedonians

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International Press Release – September 19, 2006 http://www.mhrmi.org/press/06/focus2.html  The Bulgarian media, namely, the Focus News Agency, has set a new low in the country’s publicly sanctioned racism, xenophobia and intolerance toward its Macedonian minority.  On September 12, 2006, Focus referred to OMO Ilinden PIRIN as “separatists”, and claimed that the party paid individuals to sign up…

UMDiaspora Responds to Hellenic Associations’ Letter to Yahoo

Hellenic Associations wrote a protest letter claiming that Yahoo via its Richard Bangs’ Adventures site is “participating in a campaign that borders on the dissemination of hatred and the denial of universally recognized rights of identity and cultural sovereignty.”  Hellenic Associations requests that Yahoo “desist from engaging in state sponsored irredentism and propaganda and stop hosting the Richard Bangs web/blog advertising campaign.”…

Australian Macedonian Refused Entry at the Greek Border

Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff Discrimination against the Children Refugees: Greece Still Uses the Black Book The Greek customs authorities rejected my entrance into the country because my passport said that I was born in the village of Statica, and not in Melas, which is the current Greek name, stated Done Dimov, an Australian citizen. Greece continues…

Macedonian Prime Minister Will Seek Justice for expelled Macedonians from Greece

 Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff It is about time somebody raised this issue, initiating a dialogue with Greece on the problems of the expelled Macedonians, incoming Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said. During a pan-Macedonian gathering in the Pelister village of Trnovo yesterday, Prime Minister-designate Nikola Gruevski promised the expelled Macedonians that he would initiate a dialogue with…

Macedonians Expelled from Greece Seek Justice

Source: Makfax  Translated by UMDiaspora Staff The Macedonians expelled from Greece after the country’s civil war will gather for a traditional border meeting in the village of Trnovo, near Bitola on July 30th. The participants in this 26th gathering will attempt once more to tell the world about the injustice inflicted on over 186,000 expelled Macedonians. “We will demand that…

EFA Letter to the Commissioner of the European Commission

On July 18th, 2006, Nelly Maes, the President of the European Free Alliance sent a letter to Olli Rehn, the Commissioner of Enlargement of the European Commission in reference to Bulgaria’s denial to recognize its quite large ethnic Macedonian minority urging him to monitor the situation.    Mr. Commissioner of the European Commission, As President of the European Free Alliance (EFA),…

MHRMI Calls on Bulgarian Authorities to Respect Freedom of Assembly

Source: Macedonian Human Rights Movement International Press Release – July 21, 2006 Read this page in Macedonian On July 30, 2006 in Mosomishkite Banji, Bulgaria, (near the city of Gotse Delchev) Macedonian organizations and their supporters will gather to commemorate Ilinden, the Macedonian uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1903. Macedonians in Bulgaria continuously face discrimination and intimidation when asserting…