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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


Greek Foreign Minister
Theodoros Pangalos

Macedonian Prime Minister
Ljubco Georgievski


In regard to the recent statements made to the media by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr. Ljupcho Georgievski, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Theodoros Pangalos, as well as the Greek Government Spokesman, Mr. Dimitris Reppas, (27th and 28th of January), RAINBOW has responded publicly with the following press release:

In relation to the remarks by Mr. Georgievski that "the Macedonians in Greece, or the Slavomacedonians as the Greeks call them, have never been in such a good position as today" we would like to note that the observance of the rights of the ethnic Macedonians in Greece must be compared in relation to the minority rights of the democratic European societies and not measured by the policy of "ritsinus"* and the brutal assimilatory policies advanced against Macedonians by the Greek state in the past. The situation encompassing minority rights in Greece today is comparable to that of a "third world country" because they are indeed not recognized, in fact the existence of the national minorities in Greece is officially denied. If today the policy of "ritsinus" is not being used against the Macedonian national minority then this is not the result of a positive policy by the Greek government in regard to its minorities (recently four members of RAINBOW were themselves prosecuted) but rather because Greece is a member of the European Union and that it is under severe pressure from international human rights organizations. These organizations, through their publications and reports, regularly expose Greece's human rights violations.

We believe one can objectively establish the condition concerning the observance of minority rights in any given country by considering the positions of the non-governmental organizations that are far removed from the official government interests. Similarly, this can also be established by representatives of minority rights organizations as long as they display by their activities that they are capable of assessing the situation objectively.

We fully agree, at least with the Mr. Pangalos's second point, that "in Greece there does not exist a Slavic minority." In Greece there exist Macedonian and Turkish national minorities. In reference to the first part of Mr. Pangalos's statement, "in Greece there has never existed a Slavic minority," we believe such discussions belong to historians. As for his third point, "there never will exist a Slavic minority," such ideas belong to those with visions of the future.

The existence of the Macedonian and Turkish national minorities in Greece today is expressed by the fact that there are members of these minorities, meaning a part of the Greek citizenry, who are active in the attainment and recognition of their rights. Through their organizations they have made official requests to the Greek government to obtain their proper status as national minorities.

We need to reiterate that the rights and conditions of the national minorities can in no way become a subject of bilateral agreements or disagreements. The thoughts expressed by Mr. Pangalos, and the thinking in some circles in the Republic of Macedonia and in Greece, are politically motivated and are unacceptable as they can be dangerous to peace and stability in the Balkans. Minority concerns must be resolved solely through dialogue between minority representatives and representatives of the government from the country in which they live. Minorities must refrain from becoming instruments of bilateral antagonisms.

Within this framework, and because Mr. Pangalos in his statements mentioned the role of the international institutions surrounding these questions, we call on the Greek government to verify the Framework Convention on Minority Rights which Greece signed in September, 1997, in the Council of Europe. Similarly, we call upon the government to begin a dialogue with representatives of RAINBOW and to apply these obligations and enact full observance of the above-mentioned convention toward the national minorities in Greece.

Regarding the statements of the government spokesman, Mr. Dimitris Reppas, in relation to the Macedonian political refugees who left Greece during the time of the Greek Civil War and whose citizenship was revoked, it is said, "the Greek government determines that it has committed no injustice." Here we would like to point out the following:

Law 106841 (29/12/1982) signed by the then Minister of the Interior, Georgios Genimatas and the Minister of Public Order, Giannis Skoularikis, within the framework of the policy of the government of the day, about the so-called "national reconciliation" of the citizens, which states... "all those that are Greek by genus who left Greece and went abroad as political refugees during the time of the Greek Civil War and whose citizenship was revoked may freely return to Greece..."

Would Mr. Reppas please explain to us who are the citizens that are "Greek by genus" and those that are "not Greek by genus?" Since, evidently, the government agrees with the abovementioned terminology will he explain to the relatives of these people ("not Greeks by genus" according to the government) who today live in Greece "of what genus they are?" Is there not an injustice in the application of a law that discriminates against a segment of the Greek citizenry based on genus? What does the official government spokesman, Mr. Dimitris Reppas, have to say about this?

RAINBOW considers that the application of laws which mention some kind of "genus" are not becoming of Greece which strives to be a modern European country. These concepts and laws are associated with the "anthropological classifications" used by the Nazis to promote some kind of "racial purity." Such totalitarian theories have been discarded by people who know full well what kind of results these have brought.

*The policy of "ritsinus" [castor oil] -- In the past, ethnic Macedonians, young and old alike, were forced by Greek authorities (including school and police authorities) to drink castor oil if they were caught speaking in Macedonian. Because of the reaction that castor oil has on one's system it was used as a means to publicly humiliate people and prevent them from speaking their mother tongue.


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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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