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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…

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…

UMD and MHRMI Call on the European Union to Ensure that Human Rights are Respected by Bulgaria

Washington, D.C. and Toronto, Canada – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) call on the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights to intervene immediately to ensure that the human rights of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria are respected by the Bulgarian government in accordance to the verdict by the European Court…

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…