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A selection of Macedonian blogs in Greece


Abecedar
Aegean Macedonian Culture
Antimakedonismos
Mladini-Makedonci


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

lithoksou.net/home.html
"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
MakNews.com
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights


Macedonian Forum for politics and history
 


POLITICAL PARTY OF THE MACEDONIAN MINORITY IN GREECE
Member of the European Free Alliance - European Political Party (EFA-EPP)
Member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN)

Stefanou Dragoumi 11 .. 53100 .. 51 Greece; Tel/fax 0030 23850 46548
Website:
www.vinozito.org; E-mail: rainbow@vinozito.org



Press Release

Motion for a resolution* in the Council of Europe regarding the status of the Macedonian ethnic minority in Greece

Florina/Lerin - April 18, 2007




On 17 April in the frame of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe took place a proposal for a resolution regarding the status of the Macedonian ethic minority in Greece//

The motion was signed by fifteen deputies of the Council of Europe after an initiative of Rainbow party, a delegation of which attends the works of the General Assembly which takes place these days in Strasburg.

Rainbow party  “passed” the below motion for a resolution in collaboration with  European Free Alliance – European Political Party (EFA – EPP) and  Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) in which Rainbow party is full member.

The Press Office
of EFA-Rainbow

*Please read below the motion for the resolution.
http://assembly.coe.int/Main.asp?link=/Documents/WorkingDocs

Doc. 11249
17 April 2007
Plight of the ethnic Macedonian national minority of northern Greece
Motion for a resolution
presented by Mr Jurgens and others


This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it

1. The undersigned are deeply concerned about the high number of sustained human rights violations against the Macedonian ethnic and linguistic minority of northern Greece.

2. The Greek state refuses to recognise the existence of a Macedonian ethnic or linguistic minority within its borders. Government authorities have and continue to systematically exclude ethnic Macedonians from the political process, refusing even to acknowledge correspondence from the political representatives of the minority.

3. Despite the existence of a Macedonian speaking population in northern Greece the Macedonian language is not recognised by the Greek state and thus members the Macedonian speaking minority do not enjoy the right to learn the Macedonian language within the framework of the Greek education system.

4. In 1990, a group of citizens decided to form a non-profit-making association called the “Home of Macedonian Culture” in the town of Florina/Lerin. However Greek courts rejected the application. After exhausting all domestic remedies, the case was appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. In 1998, the court ruled on the matter and unanimously found that there was a violation of Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights (see Sidiropoulos and Others vs. Greece, ECtHR, 57/1997/841/8107). Deplorably however, almost ten years following this decision the “Home of Macedonian Culture” remains unregistered. Subsequent applications to register the association have been also been rejected by Greek courts.

5. During the Civil War in Greece (1946-1949) thousands of Greek citizens fled the country. Following the end of the war, all those who left Greece during this period were stripped of their Greek citizenship and property. In 1982 and 1985, the Greek government passed laws which restores citizenship and property rights to such individuals provided that they are “Greeks by genus”. Thus ethnic Macedonians and others were deliberately excluded. These laws are still in force today.


6. We suggest that the Legal Committee is required to make a Report of the cases of human rights violations against the Macedonian ethnic and linguistic minority of northern Greece during which the opportunity is provided for a number of representatives of this minority to bear witness in a hearing.


7. Greece has refused to ratify the Framework Convention on the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Minority Languages. However the undersigned note the obligations of Greece are not only those in the various conventions of the Council of Europe to which it is a party, but also include various Conventions and Covenants of the United Nations and a number of legally binding texts of the OSCE.

Signed 1 :

  • JURGENS Erik, Netherlands, SOC
  • ALMÁSSY Kornél, Hungary, EPP/CD
  • BOUSAKLA Mimount, Belgium, SOC
  • CILEVIČS Boriss, Latvia, SOC
  • ÉKES József, Hungary, EPP/CD
  • GROSS Andreas, Switzerland, SOC
  • HAJIYEV Sabir, Azerbaijan, SOC
  • KELEMEN András, Hungary, EPP/CD
  • KOZMA József, Hungary, SOC
  • LAMBERT, Geert, Belgium, SOC
  • LINDBLAD, Göran, Sweden, EPP/CD
  • Lord RUSSELL-JOHNSTON, United Kingdom, ALDE
  • POPESCU, Ivan, Ukraine, SOC
  • SZABÓ, Zoltán, Hungary, SOC
  • Van den BRANDE Luc, Belgium, EPP/CD

1 SOC: Socialist Group
      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
      ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
      EDG: European Democratic Group
      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
      NR: not registered in a group


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Greek irredentism and expansionism officially sanctioned by the Greek Parliament
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Letter to Carla del Ponte,
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The Yugoslavian Crisis
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Document of the Ministry
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The ten Greek myths
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Who says there are no
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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


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Συνέντευξη: Ευάγγελος Κωφός, Έλληνας ιστορικός
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Ο Παύλος Φιλίποβ Βοσκόπουλος απαντά στον Ευάγγελο Κωφό.
«Το Μακεδονικό ζήτημα είναι η αχίλλειος πτέρνα του ελληνικού μύθου».

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