Civil Rights

Greek President Denies Existence of Macedonian Minority in Greece

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International Press Release – May 21, 2006 Macedonian Human Rights Movement International applauds Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski’s statement in response to comments by Greek President Karolos Papulias stating that there is no Macedonian minority in Greece. On May 17, 2006, Papulias said, “There is no Slavic minority in Greece, there is only a Muslim minority which…

MHRMI 2006 Annual Report – The Macedonian Minority of Greece

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has issued its 2006 Annual Report – The Macedonian Minority in Greece, outlining Greece’s systematic policy of forced assimilation and persecution of its Macedonian minority. Greece vigorously denies the existence of any ethnic minorities on its territory and attempts to suppress any voices that advocate human rights. Simply raising the issue of the Macedonian…

UMD Remembers Victims of Communism

UMD Remembers Victims of Communism

On June 11-12, 2015, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) participated in the “Remembering the Victims of Communism & Celebrating the Triumph of Liberty” memorial service in Washington, D.C. On June 11th, UMD’s summer International Policy and Diplomacy Fellows attended a discussion in the Library of Congress with survivors of the Hungarian, Cambodian, Russian and communist governments as well as with…

Macedonian Canadian Lawyers Urge PM Gruevski to Withdraw Constitutional Amendment

UMD is posting this article on behalf of MCLA. Many MCLA members are also members and supporters of UMD. On October 29, 2014, top Canadian litigator and President of the Macedonian Canadian Lawyers’ Association (MCLA), Chris G. Paliare O.Ont. sent a letter to Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov and Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski expressing strong opposition to proposed Constitutional amendment XXXIII,…

What is the status of Macedonian human rights 66 years later?

What is the status of Macedonian human rights 66 years later?

Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), and the global community working to preserve, promote, and ensure equal human rights for all, marks the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), or International Human Rights Day. UMD encourages all Macedonians to use this opportunity to reflect on the challenges and the strides in the global human rights struggle…

UMD Disappointed with New Redistricting Law in Albanian Parliament

UMD Disappointed with New Redistricting Law in Albanian Parliament

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as one of the leading voices for Macedonians worldwide, expresses its profound disappointment with the new redistricting law recently passed in the Albanian Parliament that would eliminate the municipalities of Golo Brdo and Gora, which are predominantly populated by ethnic Macedonians of Muslim faith. “We strongly urge the EU, Council of Europe, OSCE and the…

UMD Strongly Condemns Greek PM’s Remarks on Questioning the Existence of the Macedonian Language

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD), as one of the leading voices for Macedonians worldwide, strongly condemns the comments made on July 2nd by Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, at the European Parliament. “I ignore that the Macedonian language exists,” Samaras stated. “There are many things that the Communists have invented themselves, and I would not like to talk about it.”…

UMD Marks World Refugee Day, Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws

UMD Marks World Refugee Day, Calls on Greece to Repeal Laws

On World Refugee Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates the 70th anniversary since the plight and mass exodus of thousands of Macedonian children, called “Deca Begalci,” that were forcefully expelled by Greek army forces during the Greek Civil War, which started in 1944 and lasted till 1949. UMD calls upon Greece to recognize the inhumane treatment of these Macedonians…

71 Years On, Bulgaria Has Yet to Apologize for Deporting Macedonian Jews

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) commemorates with great sadness the 71st anniversary of Bulgaria’s mass deportation of virtually all of Macedonia’s Jewish community to its death during World War II. UMD calls on the Bulgarian government to recognize publicly that, as a direct result of Bulgaria’s fascist government’s collaboration with Nazi Germany, 7,144 Macedonian Jews were deported to the Nazi…