Civil Rights

Petition to Greek Prime Minister to Protect Minority/Regional Languages

On February 7 2014, Eugenia Natsoulidou, Administrator of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa, and UMD Greece Representative, sent the Prime Minister of Greece Antonis Samaras a petition that calls for the protection of the Macedonian language and culture of the Macedonian community in Greece. The petition urges for the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority…

Macedonia Elected to United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Macedonia on being elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for 2014-2016. “UMD is pleased that Macedonia’s track record in human rights protection was recognized today by 177 UN member-states,” said UMD President Metodija A. Koloski. “Being one of the 47 members of the UNHRC will offer Macedonia an…

UMD Promotes Macedonian Language Preservation in Dublin, Ireland

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) Greece Representative Eugenia Natsoulidou attended the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) Steering Committee Seminar, which was held on October 17-18, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. Natsoulidou, as the representative of the Educative and Cultural Movement of Edessa, attended the Seminar in an effort to shed light on the dire state of the Macedonian language in…

Religious Freedom Advocates/UMD Call on Secretary Kerry to Put Abuses in Greece on Agenda

Last month, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) spearheaded, through the informal International Religious Freedom Roundtable, a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed by 14 organizations/individuals expressing deep concern about longstanding, serious violations of religious freedom in Greece. The informal group of human rights advocates and religious leaders strongly urged Secretary Kerry to call upon Greece to ratify…

Greece’s Macedonian Minority Brought Up During Council of Europe PA Session

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds Mr. Aleksandar Nikoloski, head of the Macedonian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), for bringing up the systematic discrimination against the Macedonian minority, among others, in Greece during yesterday’s PACE session. Following the 2012 annual activity report of the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Mr. Nils Muižnieks, Mr. Nikoloski…

Council of Europe Report Condemns Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) welcomes the Council of Europe (CoE)’s April 16th Report chastising the Greek government for its weak response to the surge in hate crimes. CoE Commissioner Nils Muižnieks catalogues serious human rights violations perpetrated against immigrant and minority populations of Greece and attributes them in significant part to supporters of and, parliamentarians affiliated with, the neo-Nazi…

NEW UMD REPORT: Detailing the Systemic Abuse of Religious Freedoms in Greece

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) announced the publication of its new report: Greece: Religious Freedom Abuses – The Case of the Macedonian Orthodox Christian Minority.  The report outlines the culture of abuse inherent to the Greek legal system concerning the lack of religious freedom, and it outlines the grievances of recent immigrants, the historic Turkish minority in Thrace, and the…

UMD Applauds Albanian Parliament’s Decision to Return Macedonian Toponym Pustec

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds the Albanian Parliament for today’s unanimous decision to return the name Pustec to the village that was previously named Liqenas, in the Mala Prespa region, Albania.  The UMD congratulates the native Macedonian minority in Albania for this accomplishment, and hopes that the Albanian authorities will follow suit for the other eight villages in the…

UMD Rep. Receives Death Threats, Files Lawsuit Against Greek Media

UMD Rep. Receives Death Threats, Files Lawsuit Against Greek Media

As the United Macedonian Diaspora’s (UMD) human rights advocacy work expanded in 2012 on behalf of human rights for the native Macedonian community in Aegean Macedonia (modern day Northern Greece), the UMD Greece Representative Eugenia Natsoulidou recently became the target of death threats, and has been publically slandered by a major Greek newspaper – Proto Thema.  In response, legal action…

UMD Congratulates Canada for Office of Religious Freedom

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) applauds Prime Minister Harper’s initiative to institute Canada’s first-ever Office of Religious Freedom.  Only the second such office of its kind in the world, the new institution seeks to promote religious freedom as a key Canadian foreign policy priority.  In a teleconference call on February 21st that UMD Canada and various ethnic media participated in,…

UMD Commemorates 64th International Human Rights Day

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) joins human rights advocates worldwide in commemorating the anniversary of December 10, 1948, when Eleanor Roosevelt stood before the United Nations General Assembly and declared “this Universal Declaration of Human Rights may well become the international Magna Carta of all men everywhere.”   On this day, UMD calls upon the United Nations and the European…