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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

HDIM-OSCE in Warsaw: Greece and Bulgaria
Strongly Criticized on Minority Issues

Georgios N. Papadakis

October 4, 2005


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Representatives from Macedonian and Turkish minority organizations at the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the OSCE in Warsaw, ending last Friday (30.9.2005), told the meeting that Greece continues to refuse to recognize any ethnic or linguistic minorities, other than the so-called “Muslim” minority in the west Thrace region.

The minority organisations, represented by Pavle Voskopoulos for Vinozhito/Rainbow and Cemil Kapza from the Turkish Union of Xanthi, also underlined that Greece is unwilling to register, or in some cases stop, cultural NGO’s bearing the names “Macedonian”, for example, the ‘Home Of Macedonian Culture’ case. This also applies to “Turkish”, in the Turkish Union Of Xanthi case. These actions continue despite rulings from the European Court for Human Rights.

Greece also rejects the introduction of the Macedonian language to the educational system, in the regions where it is spoken. The official Greek state’s approach on this matter, presented once more in Warsaw, claims that there is no Macedonian language but just “an oral Slavic idiom”, spoken only by a few thousand mainly elderly people in northern Greece.

At the same meeting Stojan Georgiev, representing Macedonians from Bulgaria and vice-president of OMO Pirin, asked Bulgarian state representatives why the country, which is in line for EU accession, refuses to register Macedonian organisations. State officials said that the Bulgarian state is not interfering in purely judicial issues such as the OMO Pirin registration, adding that in any case there are no Macedonians in Bulgaria.

The remarks from Greece and Bulgaria drew the attention of the other OSCE member states and both countries had to face a tough stance from the US and the Canadian delegations.

Officially, but also at informal talks, the two countries were urged to implement all necessary measures for the recognition and protection of ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity in their territories.

In early September European Free Alliance (EFA) President Nelly Maes wrote to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Sergej Stanishev requesting that the Macedonian minority be recognised and OMO Pirin alowed to register; that there be a separate question in the census so that that Macedonians can declare themselves; and that “Bulgaria would clarify Article 44 of its constitution” with regard to Macedonians, ‘whereby the state defines itself as uninational and homogenous and that all actions against the unity of the nation are banned.” To date Ms Maes has received no reply. (Eurolang 2005)

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την ΕΕΣ-Ουράνιο Τόξο

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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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