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ΕFA-Rainbow supports the right of the Catalan people to decide on their future and joins the EFA campaign "Catalonia decides"

Catalonia decides



Radio Macedonian Culture

A selection of Macedonian blogs in Greece

Aegean Macedonian Culture

Anti-macedonian policy during the elections for the European Parliament against Rainbow by the Greek state and the Greek mass media

A scandal by the Parliamentary committee

Greek TV stations sabotage EFA-Raibow

Ultra-nationalists want "borders with Serbia"!

"Hellenic Post" sabbotages EFA-Rainbow Campaign

Typical example of censorship of Rainbow

Attack of the Greek Neo-nazi party

A Greek - Macedonian dictionary by Vasko Karatza printed with the support of EFA - Rainbow
 Greek   Macedonian

D. Lithoxoou
"Extracts of Letters"

Τι έλεγε κάποτε το ΚΚΕ για τους Μακεδόνες

Denying Ethnic Identity:
The Macedonians of Greece, by Human Rights Watch

Linguistics and politics II:
Macedonian Language

Greece's stance towards
its Macedonian minority
and the neighbouring
Republic of Macedonia.

Lawed Arguments
and Omitted Truths

R. Nikovski: Memorandum to the European Parliament
Facts behind the Greek politics towards Macedonia

English  Macedonian

"Proposed disciplinary measures to stamp out the Macedonian minority in Greece by the National Security Service"

Center Maurits Coppieters
European Free Alliance
Federal Union of European Nationalities
Greek Helsinki Monitor
Greek Anti–Nationalistic Movement
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International
Macedonian Human Rights of Australia
OMO Ilinden - PIRIN
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Macedonian Forum for politics and history



On Wednesday, October 20, 1999, a delegation from RAINBOW met with representatives of the European Commission on Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). The meeting took place in Athens.

The Secretariat of ECRI is part of the Directorate of Human Rights of the Council of Europe (CoE) and is authorized to investigate activities undertaken by member states vis-à-vis the regulations and policies of the CoE. It focuses on such issues as racism, xenophobia, intolerance and anti-Semitism, among others. It advises member states how to implement concrete policies in regard to such questions on a local, national and European level.

ECRI's work is quite thorough, and it produces reports on all the member states of the CoE. This is the first time representatives of the Macedonian national minority in Greece have met with delegates of the ECRI. RAINBOW was privileged to meet with the following representatives: Mr. Michael E. Head, 2nd Vice-Chair, Mrs. Isobelle Jaques and Mr. Giancarlo Cardinale, both of the Secretariat, as well as Ms Lauri Channikainen, a member of the ECRI.

Representatives of RAINBOW were able to give a detailed explanation of the situation with regard to the discriminatory policies practiced by successive Greek governments against ethnic Macedonians. It was stressed that denying basic rights to the Macedonian minority was not acceptable of Greece given that it enjoyed all the privileges of a member state of the Council of Europe.

This meeting took place a few days after the meeting between representatives of RAINBOW and Mr. Max van der Stoel, High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). These two meetings with such high-level officials are indicative of the seriousness with which European institutions regard the problems faced by the Macedonians in Greece. The concerns have developed to a point that such meetings have now taken place within the borders of Greece itself.

RAINBOW wants to emphasize that respect for ethnic minorities, (Macedonian and Turkish) is the most important factor in the future Europeanization of Greece and in the further development of its political democracy.

It is unfortunate that we must continue to raise our concerns before international institutions. However, the ongoing refusal by Greek authorities to start a dialogue in regard to these concerns leaves us with no other alternative.


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Promotion of the
Macedonian Language
Primer at the OSCE HDIM

English Greek Macedonian

Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
English Greek Macedonian

Letter to Carla del Ponte,
Chief Prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

English Greek Macedonian

The Yugoslavian Crisis
English Greek Macedonian

Document of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs

Related to the article - The obvious linguistic particularity - Eletherotypia, 18/11/2006

English   Greek

The ten Greek myths
on the “Macedonian issue”

By IOS team – Eletherotypia, 23/10/2005

Who says there are no
minority languages in Greece?

The "secret" census
in north Greece, in 1920

Map showing the Cultures and Languages in the E.U.

Council of Europe
Framework convention for the Protection of national minorities




Συνέντευξη: Ευάγγελος Κωφός, Έλληνας ιστορικός
Δημοκρατία της Μακεδονίας - Σκόπια είναι όνομα που εκφράζει την ταυτότητά σας

Greek   Macedonian

Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».

Greek   Macedonian
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