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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
to the:  

Oral Question (Rule 42)
Question Time (Rule 43)
Written Question (Rule 44) [X]
Priority Written Question (Rule 44 (5))
Eurig WYN and Miquel MAYOL
SUBJECT: (please specify)
minority languages and freedom of expression in Greece
Mr Sotiris Bletsas, a member of the Society for Aromanian (Vlach) Culture, has been convicted last 2 February to fifteen months in prison and a 500.000 drs. fine for dissemination of false information (under Article 191 of the penal code). The charges were based on the fact that, in July 1995, he had distributed in the Aromanian festival a publication of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages which mentioned the minority languages in Greece.

On 21 September 2001, the First Appeals Court of Athens postponed the hearing on Sotiris Bletsas' case until 18 December because of the absence of all three prosecution witnesses. The appeals trial had previously been postponed on 4 July. This was also due to the absence of the prosecution witnesses. Although Greek law states that these witnesses could be held in contempt and punished, especially when they are present at the beginning of a hearing and then fail to appear for court, the court has not invoked this law.

In the answer to a previous parliamentary question, the Commission considered this topic to be of high importance and said that it was following it carefully. Has the Commission asked the Greek government to provide a copy of the sentence and any other information related to this matter ? Does the Commission share the deep concerns raised by several associations, political parties and academics?

Does the Commission consider this attitude compatible with the European values of freedom of expression and opinion, and cultural and linguistic diversity?

Could the legal services of the Commission analyse if Article 191 of the Greek penal code is in accordance with the spirit of the principles of liberty, democracy, respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law recognised by the Treaties?

In strict legal terms, does the Commission consider that the Greek state should investigate the improper summons which contributed crucially to the postponement, as well as the necessity of the postponement itself ? Will the Commission investigate if this attitude might violate the right to a fair trial ?

Date: 3 October 2001

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(2) Maximum length: 10 lines for questions for 'Question Time' (Rule 43); 25 lines for oral questions (Rule 42) and written questions (Rule 44 and 44(5)) - Enlarged Bureau decision of 25 and 26 Feb. 1986


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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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