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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

WARSAW September 28, 2005
Working Session 14: National Minorities

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Mr. Moderator,

In 2000, here at the Human Dimension Implementation Meetings in Warsaw, the Greek ambassador replied to our questions by repeating the well known but irrational claim that the Macedonian minority in Greece does not exist.

He said:

"There is no such a Macedonian minority in Greece. There are only some people speaking a Slavic idiom in the region of North Greece".

We hear similar statements today.

It is well known in the linguistic sciences that an idiom is a part of a language. In this case it is about the Macedonian language and its dialects that are spoken in Northern Greece.

Based on the statement by the honorable Greek ambassador I ask the Greek delegation:

- Why the Macedonian language, which they refer to as a "Slavic idiom," has not been recognized yet in Greece?

- Why the Macedonian language has not been included in the educational system in the regions where it is spoken as is the case in every democratic country in Europe and around the world?

Ladies and gentlemen,

May I also ask the Greek delegation why Greece has not ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Rights of National Minorities, (signed 1997), as various international organs such as the ECRI have suggested it do?

If a Macedonian minority does not exist in Greece then how is it that members of the Macedonian minority in Greece are deliberately prohibited from establishing a cultural association (The Home of Macedonian Culture), through which they endeavor to preserve and foster their culture?

There was a decision against Greece at the European Court of Human Rights in 1998, for a violation of freedom of association (Sidiropoulos and others v. Greece -- article 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights). Yet to this day Greek courts refuse to allow the Macedonian association to register. Greece still refuses to implement that court decision.

We appeal to the Greek government to begin a dialogue with representatives of Macedonian organizations toward resolving the problems regarding the Macedonian minority in Greece.

Thank you all for your attention.


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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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