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UMD: Macedonia-Bulgaria Agreement is Unconstitutional and Contradictory

UMD: Macedonia-Bulgaria Agreement is Unconstitutional and Contradictory

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), being the leading organization of Macedonians outside Macedonia, expresses its serious concerns over the incomplete, vague and contradictory content of the Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighborly Relations, and Cooperation between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria. UMD believes that the signing of such an agreement—as well as the possible ratification in the Assembly…

ОМД: Нејасен и Контрадикторен Договор Помеѓу Македонија и Бугарија

ОМД: Нејасен и Контрадикторен Договор Помеѓу Македонија и Бугарија

Обединетата Македонска Дијаспора (ОМД), како најголема организација на Македонците надвор од Македонија, изразува загриженост заради непотполната, нејасната и контрадикторната содржина на Договорот за Пријателство, Добрососедство и Соработка Меѓу Република Македонија и Република Бугарија. ОМД смета дека потпишување како и евентуална ратификација во Собранието на Република Македонија на договорот со моменталната содржина, негативно би се одразил врз македонските национални интереси, но…

OMO Ilinden PIRIN calls for end to discrimination of Macedonians in Bulgaria

Source: OMO Ilinden PIRIN OPEN LETTER To: The President of the Republic of Bulgaria The Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria The Leader of the Parliamentary Commission for fighting discrimination The Chief Prosecutor of the Republic of Bulgaria Dear Sirs, In the last couple of weeks on the territory of Republic of Bulgaria we witnessed unprecedented questioning and harassing of…

Macedonian Parliament Preparing Declaration for Support of Macedonians in Bulgaria

Source: MIC The Macedonian Parliament is preparing to adopt a declaration on the rights of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria, at the initiative of DOM parliamentarian Liljana Popovska. Even though the opposition criticized the Government for not reacting to this problem on time, this document will most probably receive broad political support in the Assembly, Utrinski Vesnik reports. A few…

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…

Anti-Macedonian Hysteria in Bulgaria

Source: Macedonian daily newspaper Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff The European Commission ought to watch closely the situation in Bulgaria and help the Macedonian party OMO Ilinden PIRIN to be registered as a political party, the European Free Alliance (EFA) has requested. “The anti- Macedonian hysteria in Bulgaria must stop and the party of the Macedonians OMO Ilinden PIRIN should…

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…

MHRMI Condemns Bulgaria’s Racist Coverage of Macedonian Party Congress

Source: MHRMI Bulgarian politicians and media are in an uproar following the congress of Macedonian political party OMO Ilinden PIRIN. The party called for the Macedonian language to be taught in schools and news to be broadcast in Macedonian on Bulgarian state television. On its website, the Focus News Agency referred to this as the “Scandal of the Day” and…

Macedonia’s Name and Identity Are Sacrosanct – The Charade of “Negotiations” With Greece Must End Now

The Republic of Macedonia is recognized as such (or as “Macedonia”) by more than 135 nations. Nonetheless, for over 20 years, Macedonia has too patiently entertained Greece’s canard that Macedonia should “negotiate” over its name. What a waste of time and precious resources that has been. So, what to do? UMD has the answer: Macedonia should immediately and permanently cease…

UMD: EU Council on Macedonia Undermines EU Enlargement Credibility

On December 11, 2012, the EU Council put the nationalist agendas of Bulgaria and Greece before EU enlargement, damaged regional stability in the Western Balkans, and undermined the credibility of the EU enlargement process.  The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) believes that the EU should be the bridge that unites Europe; instead it has become the divider that deepens inter-regional differences,…