UMD welcomes press increase

The United Macedonian Diaspora has welcomed increased news coverage of the name change debacle. Broader coverage has been achieved of the plight of ethnic Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria whose governments deny their existence. A column by UMD’s Alastair Stewart was published in The Times. It draws on parallels between a maybe independent Scotland and Macedonia’s tragic experience on the…

Македонецот Гоце Пероски избран за Претседател на Советот за интеграции на Дизелдорф

Македонецот Гоце Пероски избран за Претседател на Советот за интеграции на Дизелдорф

На 2. Декември 2020 год. се оддржа конститутивната седница на Советот за интеграции на главниот град на федералната држава Северна Рајна Вестфалија, Дизелдорф, која има 18 милиони жители. Советот на интеграции се состои од 19 членови, од кои што 10 члена се бираат непосредно на избори од страна на граѓаните со мигрантско потекло, а девет члена доаѓаат од Советот на…

UMD’s 2020 Accomplishments for the Macedonian Cause

UMD’s 2020 Accomplishments for the Macedonian Cause

Social Media Outreach: – 67 Virtual Events, Gatherings, Trivia Nights, Video Messages Garnered 407,000 Views to Date   Charitable Efforts: – UMD Generation M’s Together from Home Campaign Donated $50,000 for the Creation of a new Pulmonary Clinic in Skopje to Combat COVID-19.  – Another $50,000 will be donated for medical equipment in regional clinics in the near future.  …

Diaspora unites to tackle COVID-19

Diaspora unites to tackle COVID-19

Leaders in the United Macedonian Diaspora have convened in Skopje to discuss how best to support Macedonia fight back against COVID-19.    Representatives from Washington, D.C., Sydney and Strumica came together this fall for a series of meetings, emphasizing the vital connection between Macedonia and its diaspora.   UMD President, Meto Koloski; newly elected Board Member, Filip Despotoski; and Generation…

UMD’s next-gen leaders defend minority rights in the Balkans

UMD’s next-gen leaders defend minority rights in the Balkans

Young leaders in the United Macedonian Diaspora have made a formal submission to the United Nations. The team is calling for radical action to tackle oppression of Macedonian ethnic minorities, notably in Greece and Bulgaria.    The U.N. report, Eliminating Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief and the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) made a call for…

UMD Calls for a Cultural Shift in Bulgaria and Greece on Minority Issues

UMD Calls for a Cultural Shift in Bulgaria and Greece on Minority Issues

Video Submission for the UN Forum on Minority Issues 13th Session, Geneva, 19 and 20 November 2020   Organization: United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) Presenter: Metodija A. Koloski, President   Item 4: Regulation of online hate speech: the role and responsibility of intergovernmental organizations, States, internet companies, and social media platforms   Thank you to the UN Special Rapporteur on minority…

Bulgaria continues to frustrate Macedonia’s EU accession

Bulgaria continues to frustrate Macedonia’s EU accession

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is compelled to again condemn Bulgaria’s continued attempts to veto Macedonia’s European Union (EU) accession, in return for concessions on its national identity, history, and language. Bulgaria recently blocked Macedonia’s signing of a border management agreement. Then Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov threatened to dismantle World War II monuments in Macedonia that are in memory…

Macedonia Needs to Center its Focus on Implementing a National Census

Macedonia Needs to Center its Focus on Implementing a National Census

October 20th is World Statistics Day. Built around celebrating the important role of statistics, the United Nations theme this year is “Connecting the world with data we can trust.” As United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) celebrates World Statistics Day, it also highlights the paramount importance of conducting a Macedonian National Census. A Macedonian National Census has been absent in the country…

UMD Denounces Bulgaria’s Inflammatory Demands of Macedonia

UMD Denounces Bulgaria’s Inflammatory Demands of Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) vehemently rejects Bulgaria’s objectionable demands of Macedonia, as a precondition to EU accession. Krasimir Karakachanov, Bulgaria’s Defense Minister, has stated that Macedonia agreed to change the flag, to change the country’s name, and will also agree to change its history, in return for Bulgaria’s support for its EU accession progress. The Bulgarian state has also…

UMD: Defense Minister Sekerinska Dishonors Memory of 2001 Terrorism Victims via Photo Op

UMD: Defense Minister Sekerinska Dishonors Memory of 2001 Terrorism Victims via Photo Op

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) issued the following statement today in response to Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska photographed in front of UCK* emblem in the office of the Kicevo Mayor: “Defense Minister Sekerinska’s actions are appalling and inappropriate. The 2001 conflict in Macedonia was nothing but an act of terrorism and aggression by the separatist…

UMD Hails ECHR Rulings Concerning Human Rights Violations by Bulgaria

UMD Hails ECHR Rulings Concerning Human Rights Violations by Bulgaria

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) hails today’s two decisive rulings of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg against Bulgaria in violation of Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. ECHR has been one of the rare institutions that continue to shed light on Bulgaria’s human…

Bulgarian Member of European Parliament Attacks UMD

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is saddened by the disparaging remarks of Andrey Kovatchev, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Bulgaria concerning the existence of the Macedonian language and UMD’s efforts in the Macedonian diaspora. Mr. Kovatchev’s behavior is unbecoming of a sitting member in the European Parliament and displays overt xenophobia and racism. Mr. Kovatchev’s mindset lays…