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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
Greece steps up blatant attacks on human rights activists and Macedonian minority

October 18, 2008

Greek Army MHRMI, Press Release

Toronto, Canada - Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) condemns Greece's brutal tactics in clashes between members of the Macedonian minority and the Greek army near the village of Lofi/Zabrdeny in northern Greece.

On October 13, Greek army tanks and other armoured vehicles tried to conduct heavy artillery gunfire exercises just outside the Macedonian village but the inhabitants of Lofi/Zabrdeny and other surrounding villages blocked the road, demanding that no heavy artillery fire take place. Special police units arrived and according to EFA - Rainbow, used "methods resembling the seven-year Metaxas dictatorship", and attacked the villagers and "broke arms and legs, violently dragged women and children from the street" and arrested eight people, including the President of the local Lofi/Zabrdeny municipal council, Mr. Kole Mitskopoulos, and four journalists from the Republic of Macedonia.

Over the next several hours hundreds more gathered and demanded the immediate release of the arrested and the withdrawal of tanks and special police forces. Later that day the journalists were released and escorted to the border to return to the Republic of Macedonia. Early the next morning the four residents were released without charges and the inhabitants were promised that no heavy artillery practice would be performed.

This incident follows the launching of a judicial investigation on possible treason charges earlier this year against leading Greek human rights activist Panayote Dimitras. Following UN independent minority expert Gay McDougall's visit to northern Greece, Mr. Dimitras, spokesperson for the Greek Helsinki Monitor, gave an interview for BBC Macedonian in which he reiterated his position that Macedonians, and other minorities in Greece, are not recognized and severely persecuted.

According to Mr. Dimitras, "...the Council of Europe and the UN have both recommended Greece change its behavior, but Greece hasn’t done a thing. In fact, it’s worse. We don’t change anything because we don’t have to fear anything. There are no sanctions against Greece, except for the European Court for Human Rights where we have lost cases, cases that Greece ignores. In this country, if you speak about minorities, you are asking for trouble. This will stay the way it is, until Greece is faced with sanctions."

In April 2008, Greece vetoed the Republic of Macedonia's entry into NATO simply because it opposes Macedonia's constitutional name. Greece initiated the so-called "name dispute" in order to continue its policy of non-recognition and persecution of its large Macedonian minority.

"Greece continues to show complete disregard for international human rights law for the sake of its own nationalistic agenda. The international community must act now before the situation for Macedonians, other minorities in Greece, and minority rights defenders deteriorates even further," said MHRMI president Bill Nicholov.

MHRMI calls for immediate sanctions against Greece until it officially recognizes its Macedonian minority and abides by all European Court of Human Rights judgements against it.


Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information, please visit, or contact MHRMI at 416-850-7125, or

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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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