WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 14, 2008 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) joins the European Free Alliance (EFA) and the Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) in their condemnation of Bulgaria’s reactivation of unjustified and immoral investigations against the members of OMO Ilinden-PIRIN. UMD reminds the public that Bulgaria’s actions have been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights, yet Bulgaria’s government refuses still to register the only political party fighting for the rights of true Macedonians living in Bulgaria.
The plight of these Macedonians is further jeopardized by upcoming actions by ultra-nationalist organizations within Bulgaria, including the VMRO-BND party of Krasimir Karakachanov (a noted anti-Macedonian bigot), which plans to release an “almanac” detailing the “Bulgarian” character of Macedonia.
UMD is shocked that a state which purports to support Macedonia and Macedonians on their obstacle-strewn road to Euro-Atlantic integration would inflict such slander on it’s own human rights record. Furthermore, we urge Brussels to exert the very same “good-neighborly relations” clause (which has been abused by Macedonia’s neighbors) against Bulgaria and Greece, in regards to recent events following Greece’s veto of Macedonian integration into the NATO alliance.
Further information on Bulgaria’s crackdown on OMO Ilinden-PIRIN may be found by clicking on the link below.
Founded in 2004, United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is an international non-governmental organization addressing the interests and needs of Macedonians and Macedonian communities throughout the world.
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