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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

Federal Union of European Nationalities
Letter to Greek Prime Minister
Re: Ongoing Harrassment of Minorities in Greece


To Read this page in Greek click here

To the Prime Minister of Greece Mr Konstantinos Simitis:

We are writing to express our grave concern at the prosecution of Mr. Abdulhalim Dedes, a journalist from the minority population of Komotini and owner of the Turkish-language newspaper TRAKIANIN SESI and the radio station ISIK FM.

Mr. Dedes has been the victim of a false accusation made to the police and public prosecutor of Komotini by a fellow journalist, Mr. Karaiskos of Komotini's Greek-language newspaper ANTIFONITIS.

According to the accusation, the radio station owned by Mr. Dedes broadcast a musical dedication to the Turkish Grey Wolves (Boskurt) organisation. Boskurt is an extreme right-wing organisation in Turkey, which, ironically, shares the same extremist attitudes as those of Mr. Karaiskos' own paper, ANTIFONITIS, but from the other side of the Aegean Sea.

Both the police and the public prosecutor rejected the accusation after listening to a recording of the broadcast in question, which made it clear that the dedication was from a Mr. Boskurt to his girlfriend.

An indignant Mr. Dedes wrote to the newspaper of Mr. Karaiskos protesting at the latter's having behaved like a police informer. Specifically he employed the Greek word hafies, which is used to describe a person who denounces someone to the police, accusing him of a crime he has not committed, or accusing him of a crime he has committed but without any legal authority for lodging the charge.

Much to our surprise the Komotini appeal court convicted Mr. Dedes to three months imprisonment for his use of the word hafies, despite the fact that Mr. Dedes was able to show that the word in question provided an apt description of Mr. Karaiskos' actions.

It should be noted that both the prosecutor and the senior judge of the court recommended the acquittal of Mr. Dedes. However, the remaining two judges, making up the majority of the three-member panel, insisted on imposing the sentence.

A second hearing against Mr. Dedes has been scheduled for 22 May 2002, when the plaintiffs will seek huge damages from Mr. Dedes, hoping to force the closure of his minority Turkish-language newspaper and his radio station.

The plaintiffs are imitating the tactics of the extreme right-wing organisation Network 21, a group which seeks the social or financial ruin of those journalists who advocate a European future for Greece and support the country's ethnic or linguistic minorities. Similar attempts in the recent past have included:

a) The conviction in February 2002 of Mr. Bletsas

b) The destruction in 1995 of the offices of Rainbow (the political party of the ethnic Macedonian minority of Greece). The identity of those responsible for this crime is known, but no charge has been brought against them to date.

c) The rejection by the Greek courts of the action brought by Rainbow seeking damages for the destroyed furniture, computers and windows ? destruction which can still be seen today.

d) The prosecution of the journalist Mr. Vasilakis

e) The attempted suppression of a dictionary, etc.

Our organisation cannot help but wonder how it can be permissible for a full member of the European Union to tolerate the use of such tactics by extreme right-wing enemies of the EU, and at a time when as an EU member Greece is demanding respect for minorities from those countries in eastern Europe seeking EU membership.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Romedi Arquint
President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN)

Schiffbrücke 41
D-24939 Flensburg
0049-461-180709 Fax


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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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