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…

UMD: International Community Pressure On Greece Needed to Ensure Freedom of Religion

On the eve of International Religious Freedom Day, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) calls on the international community to strongly condemn the Greek government’s ongoing denial of basic religious freedoms to all Greek citizens.    On October 27th, the world observes that: “…everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion…freedom to change his religion or belief, and…

UMD Congratulates Australia On Security Council Seat; Thanks Macedonia for Voting in Favour

The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) congratulates Australia for winning a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council.  Since Australia announced its bid in March 2008, UMD has been a strong advocate and supporter, particularly through the Roadmap for Advancing Australia-Macedonia Relations.  UMD thanks Macedonia for voting in favour of Australia’s membership on the UN Security Council.  As it assumes this…

UMD: EU Continues To Send Mixed Signals On Macedonia

UMD: EU Continues To Send Mixed Signals On Macedonia

On October 10, the European Union Commission (EU Commission) released its annual Progress Report for Macedonia’s EU candidacy.  The report includes detailed recognition of Macedonia’s progress in various areas of development, and, for the fourth time in a row, reaffirms that Macedonia meets all necessary criteria for accession negotiations to begin.  However, the EU Commission does not have the power…

UMD Observes 100th Anniversary of First Balkan War

UMD Observes 100th Anniversary of First Balkan War

Today, the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) and all Macedonians worldwide are commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First Balkan War, on October 8th, which was the start of a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Macedonian people, particularly by the governments of Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia.     The Balkan Wars led to the unjust division…

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton Visits Greece

July 17, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) released a July 15, 2011 letter it sent to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a result of her current visit to Greece, concluding on July 18, 2011.  UMD urged Secretary Clinton to act upon several points of concern of the Macedonian-American community when meeting with representatives…

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton Visits Greece

July 17, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – The United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) released a July 15, 2011 letter it sent to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a result of her current visit to Greece, concluding on July 18, 2011.  UMD urged Secretary Clinton to act upon several points of concern of the Macedonian-American community when meeting with representatives…

Name Macedonia not welcome in Strasbourg

Source: Macedonian Information Centre Without any explanation, the press service of the Council of Europe removed the signs indicating the flag and name of the country from the seats of the three Macedonian journalists who are reporting from the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly. The signs indicated the flag and name of the country – Macedonia – the name…

Greek Torture and Expulsion

Niki Lazaro, inspired by our press release UMDiaspora Sends Letter to Greek President, writes to us and describes first hand the hardship of the state sponsored discrimination he experienced under Greek torture. Niki even today can not visit his birthplace in a country that is part of the European Union. From: Niki Lazaro Date: Nov 16, 2005 10:59 AM To…

Australian Macedonian Refused Entry at the Greek Border

Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff Discrimination against the Children Refugees: Greece Still Uses the Black Book “The Greek customs authorities rejected my entrance into the country because my passport said that I was born in the village of Statica, and not in Melas, which is the current Greek name”, stated Done Dimov, an Australian citizen. Greece continues…

Macedonian Prime Minister Will Seek Justice for expelled Macedonians from Greece

Source: Macedonian daily Dnevnik Translated by UMDiaspora Staff It is about time somebody raised this issue, initiating a dialogue with Greece on the problems of the expelled Macedonians, incoming Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said. During a pan-Macedonian gathering in the Pelister village of Trnovo yesterday, Prime Minister-designate Nikola Gruevski promised the expelled Macedonians that he would initiate a dialogue with…