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FACT SHEET: Macedonian Minority in Bulgaria

FACT SHEET: 5 Answers to issues raised by Bulgarian officials and press on the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria Bulgarian Government Claim: No Macedonian minority exists within Bulgaria’s borders. According to the 2001 Bulgarian census (www.nsi.bg/census/ethnos.htm), 5,071 citizens declared themselves as ethnic Macedonians. Regardless of this highly under representative figure, the Bulgarian National Statistical Institute contradicts the claims of the Bulgarian…

Helsinki Committees Denounce Anti-minority Rhetoric and Discrimination in Bulgaria

Source: International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights Sofia/Vienna, 21 November 2006. Gathered for their annual General Assembly meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 16-19 November 2006, members of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (IHF) expressed concern about the rise in anti-minority rhetoric and discrimination in Bulgaria.   The extremist nationalist party Ataka (“Attack”), which gained representation in the Bulgarian…

U.S. Congressional delegation visits Macedonia

Source: U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia A delegation from the United States House of Representatives Democracy Assistance Commission, led by Republican Chairman David Dreier (California) and Ranking Democratic Member David Price (North Carolina), arrived in Macedonia today for a three-day program with the National Assembly. The Commission’s mission is to strengthen democratic institutions by assisting parliaments in emerging democracies. Central…

UMD Applauds Senate Passage of the NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2006

Washington, D.C. – On November 16th, 2006, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Senate Passes NATO Freedom Consolidation Act to “endorse further enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and to facilitate the timely admission of Albania, Croatia, Georgia, and Macedonia to NATO,” among other purposes. United Macedonian Diaspora applauds this, and in light of the upcoming Riga Summit,…

Greek Torture and Expulsion

Niki Lazaro, inspired by our press release UMDiaspora Sends Letter to Greek President, writes to us and describes first hand the hardship of the state sponsored discrimination he experienced under Greek torture. Niki even today can not visit his birthplace in a country that is part of the European Union. From: Niki Lazaro Date: Nov 16, 2005 10:59 AM To…

Senate Passes NATO Freedom Consolidation Act

Source: Senator Lugar’s website U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar announced unanimous Senate passage last night of S. 4014, the NATO Freedom Consolidation Act of 2006. The goal of this bill is to reaffirm U.S. support for continued enlargement of NATO to democracies that are able and willing to meet the responsibilities of membership. Specifically, the legislation calls…

Bulgarian Media Sets New Low for Publicly Sanctioned Racism Against Macedonians

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International 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 to become members.  In order for…

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…

UMDiaspora Representatives Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia

Washington, D.C. – United Macedonian Diaspora representatives, Metodija A. Koloski, Denis Manevski, and Marina Veljanovska, met yesterday with United States Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia, Ambassador Gillian Milovanovic to discuss U.S.-Macedonian relations. UMDiaspora expressed gratitude over the U.S. Government’s continued policy in referring to Macedonia by its constitutional name, noting its dissatisfaction over the Greek Foreign Minister’s warning yesterday…

FEATURE ARTICLE: Character Education as a Key to European Integration

By Carol Dimovski, M.Ed. The reform vision for the Republic of Macedonia, appropriately titled “Rebirth in 100 Steps”, released by VMRO-DPMNE and future Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, is the most impressive document that has come from any political party in the country’s young history. The ex-Finance Minister and his ruling party have set ambitious goals that are supported with detailed…