Tag: Greece

UMD: 100 Years Since Bucharest: Never Again

August 10th marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Treaty of Bucharest, a document that ended the Balkan Wars. This event saw the removal of the Ottoman Empire from Macedonia, with remaining portions of territory being annexed by the kingdoms of Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, and later Albania, with the approval of the world powers. The treaty led to one of…

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…

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 Thanks the Czech Republic for Recognizing Macedonia

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) is pleased to announce that the Czech Republic is the 135th country in the world to recognize Macedonia by its constitutional name.  Following the Hungarian recognition in December 2012, the Czech Republic becomes the 16th EU member-state to recognize Macedonia’s constitutional name.    Macedonia and the Czech Republic have enjoyed bilateral relations long before 1991.…

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: EU Council on Macedonia Undermines EU Enlargement Credibility

On December 11, 2012, the EU Council put the nationalist agendas of Bulgaria and Greece before EU enlargement, damaged regional stability in the Western Balkans, and undermined the credibility of the EU enlargement process.  The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) believes that the EU should be the bridge that unites Europe; instead it has become the divider that deepens inter-regional differences,…

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…

Greek Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Threatens Macedonia in Greek Parliament

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) calls on the member states of the European Union (EU) and NATO to publically condemn neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Member of Greece’s Parliament Ilias Panagiotaros, who stated the following yesterday during a parliamentary debate: “…This falsified country of Skopian Gypsies will very quickly become a thing of the past, if not from internal conflicts, it will…

The Hill Op-ed: The US can help end extremism in Greece

On U.S. Election Day, The Hill newspaper published an op-ed piece entitled “The US can help end extremism in Greece” by UMD’s President Metodija A. Koloski and the Turkish Coalition of America’s Sevin Elekdag.  Please click HERE to read the op-ed.  We encourage you to share it via your social media outlets and to leave comments.  

Washington, D.C. Panel: The Rise of Extremism in Greece and Its Impact on Minorities

Washington, D.C. Panel: The Rise of Extremism in Greece and Its Impact on Minorities

On October 23, 2012, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) hosted a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. to address the rise of extremism in Greece and what impact it has had on native, ethnic, migrant and religious minorities in Greece.  The panel featured Archimandrite Nikodim Tsarknias, the representative of Greece’s Macedonian Orthodox religious community, Sali Bollati, Secretary-General of the Albanian American…

Archimandrite Tsarknias Meets U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Archimandrite Tsarknias Meets U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

On October 23, 2012, Archimandrite Nikodim Tsarknias, the religious leader of the Macedonian Orthodox Church in Greece, met with Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State.  Archimandrite Tsarknias brought to Ambassador Johnson Cook’s attention the challenges of the Macedonian Orthodox faith community in Greece and the Greek government’s long-standing policy…