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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"
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
"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:
Greece's stance towards
its Macedonian minority
and the neighbouring
Republic of Macedonia.
and Omitted Truths
R. Nikovski: Memorandum to the European Parliament
Facts behind the Greek politics towards Macedonia
"Proposed disciplinary measures to stamp out the Macedonian minority in Greece by the National Security Service"
2008 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting
Working Session 4: Rule of law II
Prevention of torture
Statement of the Home of Macedonian Culture
October 01, 2008
Thank you Mr Moderator.
We just heard the statement of the representative of Rainbow who gave us examples of harassment of the members of the Macedonian minority of Greece.
I would now like to add that the intimidation is not limited to members of the minority. Non-Macedonian activists who call for the recognition of minority rights are also harassed by the authorities.
Mr Panayote Dimitras, a university professor, long time campaigner for minority rights and current spokesperson of the Greek Helsinki monitor is currently the subject of such harassment.
In October 2007, a complaint was filed against Mr. Dimitras claiming that, with texts that he wrote on the Macedonian minority in Greece violated Article 138 paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code, which states: “one who attempts by force or by threat of force to detach from the Greek State territory belonging to it or to include territory of the Greek State in another state shall be punished by death”. Another article commutes death sentences to life sentences).
The Chief Prosecutor of the First Instance Court of Athens decided that the criminal complaint was not completely unfounded, and launched a related preliminary criminal investigation against Mr. Dimitras. A year later, the complaint is still in the phase of preliminary investigation, which according to the law should not last more than four months.
Mr Dimitras has already met the Public Prosecutor and has given his statement. If he is required to go to trial, the only possible sentence under the law is life imprisonment.
The Home of Macedonian Culture is expresses its deep concern about this judicial harassment against Greek Helsinki Monitor and its members, which seems to merely aim at sanctioning their human rights activities, in particular their activities against discrimination, anti-Semitism and minority rights in Greece.
The Home of Macedonian Culture therefore urges the Greek authorities to:
• Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Dimitras and other activists.
• Put an end to all acts harassment, including at the judicial level, against Mr Dimitras, as well as all human rights defenders in Greece;
• Comply with the provisions of the Document of the Copenhagen Meeting.
• Comply with all the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, in particular with Article 1, which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”, as well as with the above-mentioned Article 12.2;
Thank you for your attention.
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την ΕΕΣ-Ουράνιο Τόξο
to read the Abecedar!
Promotion of the
Primer at the OSCE HDIM
Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
Letter to Carla del Ponte,
Chief Prosecutor for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
The Yugoslavian Crisis
Document of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs
Related to the article - The obvious linguistic particularity - Eletherotypia, 18/11/2006
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
Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».
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