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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
2008 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

Working Session 4: Rule of law II
Prevention of torture

Statement of Rainbow – Organisation of the Macedonian Minority of Greece

October 01, 2008

OSCE Thank you Mr Moderator.

Ladies and Gentlemen, during the dictatorship in Greece more than 30 years ago, the Ministry of Justice of the Military Junta ordered the Public Prosecutor to identify and investigate Greek citizens who called for freedom of expression, personal liberties and the establishment of a democratic system. Such citizens were accused of being “anti-Greek” elements and “traitors” and accordingly they were jailed for their so-called “crimes against the state. These methods were not something unique to the Greek dictatorship. They were and are present in every totalitarian regime.

Thirty years later, in 2008, Greece is no longer a dictatorship, but is a full member of the international community. Despite this, in April 2008 a Deputy in the Greek Parliament, Mr Plevris of the political party LAOS, a well known and openly anti-Semetic and anti-American, anti-European political party, made a submission to the Ministry of Justice accusing the European Free Alliance – Rainbow, the political party of the Macedonian minority of Greece being “anti-Greek” and “traitors”.

Unfortunately the Ministry of Justice has referred the allegations to the Public Prosecutor at the Supreme Court and requested this office to conduct an investigation of European Free Alliance – Rainbow, a member of a fourth largest political group in the European Parliament. This political party calls for freedom of expression, personal liberties and the strengthening of the democratic system, including the recognition of human rights and fundamental freedoms for ethnic and linguistic minorities.

Does this sound like a group of “anti-Greek traitors”? No of course not. But we fear that the Public Prosecutor might invoke 138 of the Criminal Code and accuse members of the minority of treason. The punishment for this crime is life imprisonment.

Mr Moderator, the real purpose behind this investigation is to torment and harass Macedonian minority activists. In another more recent example of harassment, a few weeks ago the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues made an official visit to Greece. Among the many meetings that the UN delegation held, it also met with a group of Macedonian minority activists in the town of Edessa/Voden in Northern Greece. Following the conclusion of the meeting, the Chief of Police in the town visited members of the Macedonian minority and intimated them by asking a series of questions such as:

• Why did you meet the UN Expert?
• What did you say to the UN Expert?
• Who was the organizer of this meeting, etc, etc?

This was yet attempt on the part of the state authorities to intimidate Macedonian minority activists.

Mr Moderator, the use of more sophisticated form of physiological torture may not be as horrific as physical beating as we have heard in other situations however the effect is the same. This form of torture has the effect of discouraging minority activists from speaking about against undemocratic policies of the government.

We hope that in future if the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities should visit Greece, minority activists will not be subject to harassment on the part of the state authorities for speaking out against Greece’s treatment of its Macedonian minority.

I thank you 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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