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BBC Should Have Mentioned the Macedonian Minority in Greece

UMDiaspora sent a letter to the British Broadcasting Company in reference to their article “Amnesty blasts Greece over abuse.” BBC Complaints,PO Box 1922,Glasgow G2 3WT Dear Sir/Madam, We are writing in regard to your article “Amnesty blasts Greece over abuse ”, dated 5 October 2005. Your article was a good summary and overview of Amnesty International’s recent report on Greece’s human rights…

European Commission Recommends Macedonia Become Candidate Country

The European Commission recommends that Macedonia become a candidate country for European Union Membership.  The United Macedonian Diaspora applauds this decision.  Macedonia must fulfill the required criteria set by Brussels in order to set the date for when negotiations will start.  Macedonia must complete necessary reforms in the fields of judiciary, privatization, electoral legislation, public administration, corruption, and organized crime.…

Role of Diaspora Communities in Economic Development

Ms. Biljana Sekulovska-Gaber made a presentation at the Australian National University’s National Europe Centre on September 1st, 2005 regarding the role of diaspora communities in economic development.  The findings of Ms. Sekulovska-Gaber are “the results from the survey entitled: Macedonian Diaspora Communities in Australia as Agents of Development…Its aim was to “investigate” factors that may contribute to the business activity by…

UMDiaspora Meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Ambassador Milovanovic

UMDiaspora met with the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Macedonia, Her Honorable Gillian Milovanovic to discuss the economic, education and health situation in the Republic.   WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Macedonian Diaspora representatives Hristina Bojadzieva, Metodija Koloski and Marina Veljanovska met with the newly appointed United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Macedonia, Ambassador Gillian Arlette…

102nd Anniversary of the Macedonian National Holiday Ilinden

The Ilinden uprising on St. Elijah’s day August 2nd, 1903 started the revolution against the Ottoman Empire and the pursuit for a free Macedonia once again.  One hundred and two years later, we celebrate and honor the bravery of these men. WASHINGTON, D.C. – After almost five hundred years of Ottoman occupation, in the 1870s, the Macedonian people decided that…

UMDiaspora Condemns Terrorist Attacks on Vratnica Police Station

UMDiaspora condemns the recent terrorist attacks by Albanian militants on the police station in the Macedonian town of Vratnica in the early hours of July 12, 2005. In recent weeks, Albanian militant groups have been regrouping in the villages of Kondovo, Brest, and Tanushevci and have threatened to terrorize the citizens of Macedonia once again in their pursuit of creating…

Letter to U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice

UMDiaspora provides documentation to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the state sponsored discrimination against Macedonian minorities in Greece.  In addition, UMDiaspora encourages the U.S. to continue its support to Republic of Macedonia after formally recognizing the country under its constitutional name on November 4th, 2004. July 1st 2005Secretary of State Condoleezza RiceU.S. Department of State 2201 C Street…

UMDiaspora Meeting with Macedonian Foreign Minister

UMDiaspora met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Ilinka Mitreva to discuss issues regarding the name, voting rights of the diaspora, foreign relations, etc. WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Macedonian Diaspora representatives Ms. Hristina Bojadzieva, Mr. Steve Gligorov, Esq., Mr. Metodija A. Koloski, and Ms. Marina Veljanovska met on June 17th, 2005 with the Minister of…

Petition Against Any Changes to Macedonian Name and Identity

UMDiaspora has initiated a petition campaign . Signatories to said petition agree to act as human rights advocates pledging to end racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination against people of ethnic Macedonian origin.  Dr. Sam Vaknin, delivered a speech at the meeting of the Canada-Macedonia Chamber of Commerce in Toronto, Canada on December 4th, 1999, in which he stated in regards…