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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 3: Fundamental freedoms II
Freedom of Movement

Statement of Rainbow – Organisation of the Macedonian Minority of Greece

September 30, 2008

OSCE Thank you Mr Moderator.

This afternoon I would like to talk about Greece’s denial of the right to freedom of movement to individuals born within its borders. Although Article 9.5 of the Copenhagen document declares that States will respect the right of everyone to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country, Greece has and continues to ignore this OSCE commitment.

Over the last few decades Greek authorities have on many occasions denied people born in Greece entry into the country. This is the case with ethnic Macedonian economic migrants who left in the period after the Second World War.

Such people are denied entry into Greece because they express a Macedonian ethnic identity in the overseas countries in which they now temporary live. The Greek state has placed these people on a black list for the purpose of refusing their entrance into the country.

Here are a few examples:

Last year, Mr John Markou, a Canadian citizen of Macedonian descent, born in northern Greece, was denied entry into Greece when attempting to cross the border from the Republic of Macedonia. He was given a document by border officials stating he is a persona non-grata.*

In another example, Mr Jim Merakovsky, an Australian citizen was denied entry into Greece for identical reasons in November 2007.*

In a related matter, Greek authorities selectively implement article 20 par. 1G of the Greek Citizenship Law when they target ethnic Macedonians economic migrants who are members of Macedonian associations abroad and who express their Macedonian cultural and linguistic identity.

In other worse examples, ethnic Macedonians from Greece are informed not only about the fact that they have lost their citizenship according to the aforementioned law, but also about the fact that they are no longer allowed to visit their relatives in their birthplaces.

Freedom of movement has also denied to descendants of ethnic Macedonians from Greece. For example, Mr Slavko Mangovski an American citizen tried to enter Greece in February 2008 to visit the graves of his relatives. He was issued a document stating that he was a persona non-grata.

Mr Moderator, this practice could be characterized as racist and inhumane.

We demand that Greece guarantees the right to freedom of movement of all of its citizens, including those who identify as ethnic Macedonians. The best way to do this is to implement its commitment to paragraph 9.5 of the Copenhagen document.

I thank you for your attention.

* At this point in the presentation the Representative of Rainbow showed the documents issued by Greek border authorities prohibiting entry

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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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