MHRMI Condemns Greece's Continued Blacklisting of Ethnic Macedonians
September 2, 2005
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Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) condemns
Greece’s continued blacklisting of ethnic Macedonian human rights
activists and political refugees.
Gjorgi Plukovski, a Canadian citizen of Macedonian descent, born
in Harala, Kastoria, Greece (Pozdivishta, Kostur in Macedonian)
was denied entry into Greece when attempting to enter from the
Republic of Macedonia on August 4, 2005, and given a document
by border officials stating that he “is considered to be a threat
to public order, internal security, public health or the international
relations of one or more of the Member States of the European
Union”. (For a copy of this document see www.mhrmi.org/press/05/plukovski.pdf)
Mr. Plukovski was rejected at the Greek border despite the fact
that he had entered Greece by way of Italy a month earlier, on
July 6, 2005 and remained in Greece until July 24, 2005. If Mr.
Plukovski were truly a “threat to internal security”, Greece would
share its blacklist with other Schengen Treaty member states to
ensure that he is unable to enter any such states. However, Greece
refuses to admit that its blacklist consists merely of ethnic
Macedonians who publicly call for Greece to recognize its significant
ethnic Macedonian minority and respect their human rights.
“It is preposterous that Macedonian political refugees are able
to enter Greece through countries such as Italy and Austria, but
cannot enter from the Republic of Macedonia. A large number live
in the Republic of Macedonia and have never been able to visit
their birthplaces, even to attend funerals for family members.
Greece must be forced to explain its racist behavior and immediately
put an end to it.” Plukovski stated.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International calls on the international
community to demand that Greece end its racist and xenophobic
policy of discriminating against individuals of Macedonian ethnicity.
MHRMI also calls on Greece to address immediately the issue of
the thousands of Macedonian refugees from the Greek Civil War
who were specifically excluded from the general amnesty of 1982
because they were not “Greek by genus”. MHRMI specifically asks
that the EU end its hypocrisy in demanding that new member states
respect human rights standards while ignoring human rights violations
within the EU.