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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



RAINBOW, along with many other minority organizations and NGOs, participated in an advocay seminar in Hungary. The seminar was immensley useful especially on a practical level. Below is an overview of the seminar and workshops.

Monday 28

Orientation and Introductions: In addition to going over the programme for the seminar, participants had an opportunity to introduce themselves, their work, the type of issues they are working on, and their expectations for the seminar.

Tuesday, 29 June - Overview

Case Study: Hungary, Office of Ombudsman for National Minorities

Roundtable Discussion: Using international standards in international and domestic advocacy. Case studies from Macedonia and Romania. Participants were invited to share their experiences.

The International and European Framework for Minority Rights Protection: development of a minority rights paradigm; mapping out the main international standards & institutions; relevance of international law for domestic situations & the role of advocacy.


Each evening, the next day's trainers were invited to join participants for dinner so that all could get to know each other informally and share specific interests.

Jeno Kaltenbach, Ombudsman Alan Phillips, Director, MRG International

Wednesday, 30 June - Council of Europe

Council of Europe: Relevant instruments and their associated procedures; enforcement mechanisms.

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable: Ideas for using Council of Europe mechanisms to address specific minority rights problems. Focus on Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and its monitoring mechanism. Participants were invited to share their experiences and discuss strategies to address problems.

Skills Focus - Documentation & Reports: How to prepare effective materials for consideration by international bodies monitoring compliance with international standards. This session was participatory and included case studies.


Gaspar Biro, Vice-President, Advisory Committee on FCNM Alan Phillips

Thursday, 1 July - Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

OSCE: Relevant instruments and procedures; enforcement mechanisms; relevance to domestic legislation and bilateral treaties.

Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable: Ideas for using OSCE mechanisms to address specific minority rights problems. Focus on High Commission for National Minorities and Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. Participants were invited to share their experiences and discuss strategies to address problems.

Skills Focus - Lobbying Strategies: Dynamics of lobbying in international fora. This session was participatory and included case studies.


Arie Bloed, Director, Constitutional & Legal Policy Institute

Friday, 2 July - United Nations

United Nations: Overview

Relevant instruments and their associated procedures; enforcement mechanisms.

Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable: Ideas for using UN mechanisms to address specific minority rights problems. Focus on Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and the Working Group on Minorities. Participants were invited to share their experiences and discuss strategies to address problems.

Advocacy Opportunities - Roundtable (continued)

Skills Focus - Preparing Interventions: strategies for drafting effective interventions for delivery at international meetings. This session was participatory and included case studies.


Anna-Maria Biro, Project Manager, MRG Hannu Halinen, Ambassador of Finland to Hungary

Saturday, 3 July - Developing an Advocacy

Campaign Strategy and Follow-up

Working Groups: Developing an Advocacy Campaign Strategy - participants work in small groups or on their own to develop a strategic plan to address a relevant problem in their country / community.

Discussion of Strategic Plans and Follow-up Activities


List of Participants:

  • Mr Jarabik Balazs, Sandor Marai Foundation, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Ms Julia Borisov, Community of Russian Lippovans from Romania, Bucharest, Romania
  • Ms Elizabeta Buova, European Integration Office, Government of the Republic of Macedonia, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Mr Attila Dudas, Hungary
  • Mr Bumbu Gruia, Romani Criss, Bucharest, Romania
  • Mr Istvan Haller, Liga Pro Europa, Tirgu-Mures, Romania
  • Mr Bill Iatrou, Gazeta 'Lajko Vima', Sarande, Albania
  • Ms Mirela Ilusca, The Ukrainians Union, Bucharest, Romania
  • Mr Ernest Jovic, Center for Information and Support to NGOs, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Ms Petra Klein, Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Mr Iliya Kochev, Cultural, Educational and Social Development Foundation, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Ms Liliana Kovatcheva, Network Women's Programme, Kyustendil, Bulgaria
  • Mr Suad Missini, Civil Society Resource Center, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Mr Ninko Miric, Serbian Democratic Forum, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Mr Albert Musliu, Association for Democratic Initiatives, Gostivar, Macedonia
  • Ms Nafsika Papanikolatos, Minority Rights Group-Greece, Kifisia, Greece
  • Mr Krisztian Posa, FR Yugoslavia
  • Ms Christina Rougheri, Greek Helsinki Monitor, Kifisia, Greece
  • Ms Ramiza Sakip, Roma Community Center of Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia
  • Mr Boguslaw Salej, Union of Lemkos, Gorlice, Poland
  • Mr Matej Sipicki, National Slovak Self-Government, Budapest, Hungary
  • Mr Zoran Stankovic, Serbian Community of Rijeka, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Ms Silvia Sujanova, Foundation Citizen and Democracy/MRG-Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Ms Usnija Vladisavljevic, Foundation for Open Society, FR Yugoslavia
  • Mr Pavlos Voskopoulos, Vinozhito - Ouranio Toxo (Rainbow) Organisation of the National Macedonian Minority in Greece, Florina, Greece
  • Ms Goksen Yunusoglu, Young Academicians' Club, Western Thrace, Greece
  • Ms Vanda Zamicka, Latvia


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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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