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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
Oral presentation of representative of Rainbow
(Dec. 15th)

January 15, 2009

Thank you Mrs. Chairperson,

Many thanks to UN institutions for giving us the opportunity participate in the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues on the topic of “Minorities and the Right to Education”.

As members of the Macedonian minority in Greece, we appreciate very much the visit of Ms. MacDougal and Mr. Fox to Northern Greece a few months ago.

We believe the visit to a minority region in Greece by UN experts will finally give a positive motivation to the Greek government and generally our state institutions to take a positive approach to the elementary rights of the Macedonian minority.

Greece unfortunately is discriminating by not recognizing the Macedonian minority at every level regarding the respect for a separate Macedonian ethnic identity. Basic fundamental rights are not respected at all particularly in relation to linguistic rights and education in minority language. Greece recognizes linguistic minority rights only with Turkish language in Western Thrace, however only giving our Turkish compatriots minimum rights.

Let me stress that today on 15 December, the issue of the non-registration of the Home of the Macedonian Culture is before the Supreme Court in Greece. This organization is trying among other aims the promotion of Macedonian culture as well as the Macedonian language. Greece is refusing since 1989 the recognition and registration this association against the European court of Human Rights. Unfortunately our State Greece is not respecting and implementing the ECHR decision since 1998 which found that Greece violated Articles 6 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights when it refused to register this association.

In various international forums, the representatives of Greece are often expressed the argument that “a small part of people speaking an idiom, dialect” regarding the Macedonian language speaking in Northern Greece. It is a fact that there is a linguistic diversity in our country. Indirectly, this is a “recognition” by state officials regarding minority languages in Greece.

So according to Greek officials we believe that it is essential to organize a census in Greece. A linguistic census is the first step regarding implementing educational policy for linguistic diversity.

Let me stress that 90 years ago Greece organized a linguistic census supported from the then League of Nations. In 1920, according to the official Greek documents a specific “Macedonian language” was noted as different language among the population of the Greek state. This official document (census list) from this census is clearly opposite again the present Greek state views referring to “idiom” or “dialect”.

It is our suggestion that UN institutions can support Greek state in organizing a “linguistic census”. I hope that Human Rights Council will recommend to Greek state for organizing the census. Let me stress that there is not just linguistic diversity regarding Macedonian language in Greece. There are also different ones from Greek official language, for instance Romani and Vlach (Armanish) language speaking from thousands of people, Greek citizens. The census is a great opportunity and relevant instrument for our state Greece, to “defend” the official statements of our state for “not existing” other languages in our country.

Finally, as Macedonian organizing of the Macedonian minority in Greece, we are ready to contribute and help our State regarding the implementation of a positive policy regarding recognition and educational measures regarding Macedonian language in Greece.

Thank you all 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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