Civil Rights

State Department Releases 2008 Human Rights Reports

State Department Releases 2008 Human Rights Reports

“Human progress depends on the human spirit. This inescapable truth has never been more apparent than it is today, when the challenges of a new century require us to summon the full range of human talents to move our nation and our world forward,” stated Secretary Clinton today upon the release of the 2008 State Department Human Rights Reports.  To…

UMD Urges Bulgaria and Greece to Recognize the Macedonian Minority Within Their Borders

UMD Urges Bulgaria and Greece to Recognize the Macedonian Minority Within Their Borders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – DECEMBER 10, 2009 – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) in commemoration of the 61st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights urges Bulgaria and Greece to recognize the existence of the Macedonian minority within their borders.  UMD calls upon the European Union to ensure that their two member states Bulgaria and Greece uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

UMD Educates U.S. Congress on Macedonian Minority in Greece

On September 15, 2010, UMD International Policy and Diplomacy Fellow Edita Sateikaite attended a U.S. Helsinki Commission Congressional hearing on Minority Political Participation in the Obama Era where the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues Gay McDougall was a witness. Ms. Sateikaite asked Ms. McDougall about her trip to Greece in September 2008 and her findings regarding minority rights in…

UMD Denounces Albanian Government Census Practices

October 26, 2010 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expressed its deep concern today over the decision of the Government of Albania to eliminate sections in its upcoming Census forms designated for declaring a person’s specific minority status.   The original version of the draft Census form included selection options for all minorities in Albania, including Macedonians.  Albania’s government…

UMD Offended by Insulting and Racist Comments by UWA Professor

1 December 2010 – Perth, Western Australia – UMD Perth Regional Representative Dame Krcoski sent a letter today to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia (UWA) Mr Alan Robson strongly protesting the insulting and racist comments by UWA Associate Professor John Melville-Jones.  Professor Melville-Jones, an Associate Professor at UWA in Classics and Ancient History spoke before an audience in…

UMD Supports Macedonia’s Membership to UN Human Rights Council

February 28, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) expressed its strong support for Macedonia’s full membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)* for the 2013-2016 periods. “Macedonia would make an ideal candidate for membership in the UNHRC given its leadership on human rights in Southeast Europe,” said UMD Vice President and expert on civil and…

UMD to EU: Macedonians Speak “Macedonian”, Not “Official Language”

en français: UMD à l’UE: Les Macédoniens parlent “Macédonien” Non “langue officielle” April 11, 2011 – Washington, D.C. & Paris, France – The United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) expresses its strong outrage that the European Parliament has ceased referring – in official European Union (“EU”) documents — to the Republic of Macedonia’s language as “Macedonian” and, instead, has begun using the mindless…

UMD à l’UE: Les Macédoniens parlent “Macédonien” Non “langue officielle”

In English: UMD to EU: Macedonians Speak “Macedonian”, Not “Official Language” 11 avril 2011 – Washington, D.C. et Paris, France – La diaspora macédonienne unie (“UMD”) exprime son indignation forte que le Parlement européen a cessé de faire référence – dans les documents officiels de l’Union européenne (“UE”) – à la République de Macédoine en tant que langue “Macédonienne” et,…

UMD Outraged Over Greek Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Australia

UMD Outraged Over Greek Neo-Nazi Vandalism in Australia

5 May 2011 – Melbourne, Australia – The United Macedonian Diaspora (“UMD”) expressed its outrage over the May 3, 2011 outburst of violent Greek nationalism underlined with Neo-Nazi ideology that has targeted Macedonians in Australia.  Destruction of property of the Macedonian football club Altona Magic in Melbourne has resonated in the wider Macedonian-Australian community with questions about the extent to which…

Jewish community condemns Nazi attack in Australia

Press Release 6 May 2011 Jewish community condemns Nazi attack  Click HERE for original copy of press release. The Jewish Community Council of Victoria is appalled by the racism and wanton destruction of property in the attack on the Altona Magic Soccer Club on Tuesday 3rd May. During the attack, ten-grave shaped holes were dug into the pitch, the locker rooms…