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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
Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe

Press Release: Report on Greece by UN independent expert on minority issues Gay

11 March, 2009

ABTTF Gay McDougall, United Nations independent expert on minority issues, who visited Greece from 8 to 16 September 2008, published a report on the minorities in Greece. Considering the stance and articulation, the report presents the ideas of the related parties in a very objective way, which strengthens its importance.

In the report, McDougall urges the Greek Government to withdraw from the dispute over whether there is a Macedonian or a Turkish minority on its territory and focus on protecting the rights to self-identification, freedom of expression and freedom of association of those communities. Furthermore, it is stated in the report that minorities are constituent groups fully within the Greek society, not a foreign element, and determination of a group as minority is a matter of objective facts and exercise of the right of self-identification by persons belonging to the group.

Turkish Minority and its problems

In the report, McDougall states by using the term of “Western Thrace” that most of the members of the Muslim minority wish to be recognized as Turks with their ethnic Turkish identity.

Regarding the freedom of association, McDougall refers to the European Council of Human Rights’ judgments with regard to Xanthi Turkish Union and the Cultural Association of Turkish Women of the Region of Rodopi.

While McDougall mentions the claim of Greece that since (appointed) Muftis exercise under Sharia Law judicial functions relating to family and inheritance issues, they must be appointed by the State, she reflects in the report the statements of the minority members that they elect their own Muftis and demand official recognition of the elected Muftis.

Regarding education, McDougall states that in bilingual kindergartens, children will be able to better improve their Turkish and Greek language skills, thus in the future having more chance to choose between minority schools and public schools.

As for the chance of minority members to become civil servants, McDougall tells that nobody could become a high rank civil servant in Western Thrace due to confidence problems between the minority and Greek authorities.

Expressing his views, Halit Habipoglu, President of the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF), stated that “McDougall reflects to a great extent the problems of the Turkish minority in the report, except the issue of Article 19. The report obviously shows the necessity that Greece should change its minority policy towards the Turkish minority of Western Thrace.”

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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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