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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

Symbolic Reception For the Macedonian Political Refugees
Allowed to Enter Greece After 55 Years

Press Release

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Florina - Lerin 22-8-2003

On 20 August 2003 a symbolic reception took place in Florina to welcome those Macedonian political refugees permitted entry to Greece on the basis of a recent decision by the Greek Foreign Ministry.

The event was organized by the Reception Committee, which was composed of the refugees' family members residing in Greece and Rainbow party officials. We believe that the repeal of the racist provision of the Ministerial Decision of Law 1266/1982, which excludes Macedonian political refugees of the Greek Civil War (1946-1949) from the right of repatriation, and the positive settlement of this problem, will have both a humanitarian and a political dimension.

The first dimension ought to be to promote the idea that Greece should unconditionally respect the universal human values and fundamental human rights, such as the right to return, to live and to die in the country of one's birth. The second dimension ought perhaps to be to signal the change in attitude in Greek politics concerning the issue of the national identity of today's Greek citizen. The notion of "citizen" should play the primary role, as opposed to the view and political policy that has existed up to now, which has national purity and the homogenization of the state as a precondition to its prosperity. At the same time, the positive solution to the problem of Macedonian political refugees would provide a stimulus to Greek society to positively consider the issues of respect for the cultural, linguistic and ethnic rights of all Greek citizens.

However, state agencies have reneged on their promises for a definitive settlement of the problem of Macedonian political refugees, as witnessed in statements made these past few months by Foreign Ministry officials. This, and the reactions of nationalistic and conservative political circles unfortunately shows the rigid ideology, the insecurity, the prejudices, the phobias, the political immaturity, and the introversion still possessed by the greater sector of Greek society and its political representatives.

At the welcoming reception in Florina, a negative impression was made by the absence of representation from those organizations of Greek political refugees who repatriated in 1982, of the local authorities, and of various political party deputies and organizations that had been invited to participate.

We would like to point out to our government that there is no such thing as humanitarian measures by installments. We refer to the anti-democratic measure of selective entry, which allowed the possibility of visitation only to those political refugees whose places of birth are not written in their original form (the Greek state changed the original place names in 1926 and 1928 as part of its policy of national homogenization) and restricted their stay to only twenty (20) days in Greece.

Rainbow has not in hesitated in the past, nor will it cease in the future to condemn those Macedonian sociopolitical movements that expressed expansionist ideas. We therefore once again call upon our government and our fellow democratic Greek citizens to join us in discussing an approach to the issues of respect for diversity and the rights of the Macedonian minority in Greece.

We want a democratic Greece in which all citizens have equality and dignity. We want a modern European country that respects minority rights through the implementation of European and international conventions. We hope that the political arena will finally transcend the stereotypes and prejudice that impede the course of Europe and the overall democratization of our country.



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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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