RAINBOW - VINOZHITO
2005 HUMAN DIMENSION IMPLEMENTATION MEETING
WARSAW September 28, 2005
Working Session 14: National Minorities
this page in Macedonian
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.
"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
- Why the Macedonian language, which they refer to as a "Slavic
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
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
Culture), through which they endeavor to preserve and foster
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
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.