Civil Rights

UMD Remembers Victims of Communism

UMD Remembers Victims of Communism

On June 11-12, 2015, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) participated in the “Remembering the Victims of Communism & Celebrating the Triumph of Liberty” memorial service in Washington, D.C. On June 11th, UMD’s summer International Policy and Diplomacy Fellows attended a discussion in the Library of Congress with survivors of the Hungarian, Cambodian, Russian and communist governments as well as with…

Macedonian Canadian Lawyers Urge PM Gruevski to Withdraw Constitutional Amendment

UMD is posting this article on behalf of MCLA. Many MCLA members are also members and supporters of UMD. On October 29, 2014, top Canadian litigator and President of the Macedonian Canadian Lawyers’ Association (MCLA), Chris G. Paliare O.Ont. sent a letter to Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski expressing strong opposition to proposed Constitutional amendment XXXIII,…

What is the status of Macedonian human rights 66 years later?

What is the status of Macedonian human rights 66 years later?

Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), and the global community working to preserve, promote, and ensure equal human rights for all, marks the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), or International Human Rights Day. UMD encourages all Macedonians to use this opportunity to reflect on the challenges and the strides in the global human rights struggle…

UMD Disappointed with New Redistricting Law in Albanian Parliament

UMD Disappointed with New Redistricting Law in Albanian Parliament

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as one of the leading voices for Macedonians worldwide, expresses its profound disappointment with the new redistricting law recently passed in the Albanian Parliament that would eliminate the municipalities of Golo Brdo and Gora, which are predominantly populated by ethnic Macedonians of Muslim faith. “We strongly urge the EU, Council of Europe, OSCE and the…

UMD Strongly Condemns Greek PM’s Remarks on Questioning the Existence of the Macedonian Language

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as one of the leading voices for Macedonians worldwide, strongly condemns the comments made on July 2nd by Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, at the European Parliament. “I ignore that the Macedonian language exists,” Samaras stated. “There are many things that the Communists have invented themselves, and I would not like to talk about it.”…

UMD Marks World Refugee Day, Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws

UMD Marks World Refugee Day, Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws

On World Refugee Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates the 70th anniversary since 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, which started in 1944 and lasted till 1949. UMD calls upon Greece to recognize the inhumane treatment of these Macedonians…

71 Years On, Bulgaria Has Yet to Apologize for Deporting Macedonian Jews

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates with great sadness the 71st anniversary of Bulgaria’s mass deportation of virtually all of Macedonia’s Jewish community to its death during World War II. UMD calls on the Bulgarian government to recognize publicly that, as a direct result of Bulgaria’s fascist government’s collaboration with Nazi Germany, 7,144 Macedonian Jews were deported to the Nazi…

Petition to Greek Prime Minister to Protect Minority/Regional Languages

On February 7 2014, Eugenia Natsoulidou, Administrator of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa, and UMD Greece Representative, sent the Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras a petition that calls for the protection of the Macedonian language and culture of the Macedonian community in Greece. The petition urges for the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority…

Macedonia Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Macedonia on being elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for 2014-2016. “UMD is pleased that Macedonia’s track record in human rights protection was recognized today by 177 UN member-states,” said UMD President Metodija A. Koloski. “Being one of the 47 members of the UNHRC will offer Macedonia an…