2002 NEWS ARCHIVES

Macedonian Minority Organization OMO Ilinden Intimidated by Bulgarian Police at Macedonian Commemoration
On Saturday, July 27, OMO Ilinden, a Macedonian minority organization in Bulgaria, gathered at King Samuel's fortress near the town of Petrich in order to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Ilinden uprising (Macedonian uprising against the Ottoman Empire in 1903). Approximately 1,500 people attended the ceremony, which included speeches and Macedonian music and dances.
Macedonian Minority Organization OMO Ilinden Attacked by Bulgarian Nationalists
On Thursday, September 12 at approximately 3:00pm, OMO Ilinden, a Macedonian minority organization in Bulgaria, intended to commemorate Vartolomey Night (massacre of Macedonians in Bulgaria in 1924). About 45 members and sympathizers gathered in front of the US University in Blagoevgrad and marched to the Gotse Delchev monument in Macedonia Square.
OSCE 2002 - Human Dimension Implementation Meeting - Statements by the International Helsinki Federation
The following are excerpts from IHF's report at the 2002 OSCE meeting. TOLERANCE AND NON-DISCRIMINATION: National Minorities Greece continues its policy not to recognize any national or ethnic minority in its territory despite the presence of large Turkish and Macedonian minorities. The word "Turkish” still creates difficulties for those who used it.
Another Canadian Human Rights Activist Rejected at Greek Border
Done Rakovsky, a Canadian citizen of ethnic Macedonian descent, was turned back by Greek officials at the border between the Republic of Macedonia and Greece on May 9, 2002. Mr. Rakovsky attempted to cross the Bogorodica-Negochani (Niki) border crossing to visit the land of his birth.
Greek Newspaper Vilifies Priest Fighting to Provide Macedonian Church Service in Greece
Father Tsarknias, a Macedonian Orthodox priest, is fighting to reintroduce the centuries old tradition of Macedonian religious services to members of Greece's oppressed Macedonian minority. Greek Helsinki Monitor and Minority Rights Group - Greece http://www.greekhelsinki.gr Press Release Topic: Daily "Eleftherotypia" Slanders Macedonian Minority Priest but Does Not Publish ...
Rainbow Party Erects Macedonian Language Sign in Lerin/Florina
Lerin/Florina On Thursday, July 25, 2002 at approximately 1:00 pm, the Rainbow Party erected a sign outside their office in Lerin/Florina. The sign contained the text "Rainbow - European Movement” in Greek, Macedonian, and English. That morning, Pavle Voskopoulos, member of the Political Secretariat of Rainbow, visited the public prosecutor ...
Macedonians From Neighbouring Countries Who Received Citizenship Can Vote
Macedonians from Albania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia and the Gorans from Kosovo, which last week expressly got Macedonian citizenship will be able to vote on forthcoming elections in any unit they choose to vote, confirmed for "Dnevnik" sources from state's leadership. For now it is impossible those persons to vote ...
Macedonians in Albania Open Radio Station
MACEDONIANS FROM PUSTEC GOT RADIO ON THEIR MOTHER LANGUAGE Representatives of "Prespa", Macedonian association in Albania, on the biggest Macedonian holiday opened first radio-station "Radio Pustec". The radio broadcasts experimental six-hours program on Macedonian language. It can be received by four inhabited places in Mala Prespa: Leska, Sulin, Zernovsko and Pustec.
Canadian Human Rights Activist Rejected at Greek Border
Steve Pliakes, a well-known ethnic Macedonian activist from Canada, was turned back by Greek border officials at the border between the Republics of Macedonia and Greece. Mr. Pliakes attempted to cross the Bogorodica-Negocani (Niki) border crossing on July 6, 2002 to visit the land of his birth.
Resolution and Declaration for Promotion of the National Minority Status and Rights in the Republic of Albania
ACCORDING to the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal declaration for human rights, the European convention for protection of human rights and elementary freedom, the International convention for elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, the Convention for children's rights, the Final Helsinki document, the document from the Copenhagen ...