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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 Helsinki Monitor
Home of Macedonian Culture
Rainbow - Organization of the Macedonian Minority in Greece
Minority Rights Group - Greece




The Greece-based NGOs present in today's Session 11 of the OSCE Implementation Meeting in Warsaw, "Greek Helsinki Monitor," "Home of Macedonian Culture," "Rainbow - Organization of the Macedonian Minority in Greece," and "Minority Rights Group - Greece" condemn the Greek delegation's defamatory attempt to demonize Macedonian minority activists.

Greece gave a reply to, as they said, "groups identifying themselves as ethnic Macedonians." It concluded with an explanation of the reason why Slavko Mangovski, an American citizen, an editor of a Skopje-based Macedonian weekly, and a well-known activist for the rights of Macedonian minorities in the region, was refused entry in Greece in late August 2000. According to the Greek delegation, he was presumed to "come in order to meet with Macedonian activists, many of whom promote policies of open secession of a part of Greek territory," hence he is placed on the list of "undesirable" persons.

First, even if that were true, it would violate freedom of movement and freedom of expression. It would also be a call for all countries in the region to ban entry of critical journalists on similar, arbitrarily defined, grounds. We know of many politicians and journalists from Southern Balkan countries, who have irredentist views and frequently visit their neighbors, and we hope they will continue to do so, even if we disagree with such views.

Secondly, Mr. Mangovski had repeatedly visited Greece in recent years, including earlier on in 2000. We challenge the Greek authorities to provide even one piece of evidence that Mr. Mangovski had previously engaged in separatist activities during his many visits, so as to justify their decision to put him on the "blacklist," for the first time, in late August 2000.

Thirdly and most importantly, it is well known to anyone living in the area inhabited by the Macedonian minority in Greece, and to Greek authorities, that no activist from any organization has ever promoted secessionism. On the contrary, the diplomat who spoke for the Greek delegation today, was a guest, on behalf of his Ministry, in the special meeting our NGOs had organized for the OSCE HCNM in October 1999 in Athens. During that meeting, representatives from the Macedonian and Turkish minorities, responding to an OSCE HCNM question, categorically condemned not only secession but also autonomy as possible solutions to the many problems the two minorities face. These statements were subsequently published widely and have since been available in the Internet sites of our NGOs, and many other ones. "Rainbow"'s related statement following that meeting is appended below (emphasis added).

Consequently, Greece's decision to brand any of the Macedonian activists as "separatists" is an intentional defamatory distortion of truth and a desperate but futile effort to discredit human rights defenders, in violation of all international norms. Greece "arrogantly" refuses to deal with the Macedonians' demands, that have been acknowledged in a supportive way even in this year's ECRI's "Second Report of Greece." As Greece-based NGOs, we can only regret that a country that boasts of being "the cradle of democracy" resorts to such authoritarian methods. Our NGOs intend to take up this issue to all international institutions, including the OSCE HCNM, the newly appointed UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, and the UN CERD, which is reviewing Greece in its next meeting, in January 2001.


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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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