In reality, human rights and in particular minority rights, have been relegated to the bottom of the list of priorities for European integration. Let me illustrate with a sad and true story. Eight decades ago, fearful of losing part of its territory, communist Bulgaria determined that the only solution was to assimilate its minorities into a “unified socialistic Bulgarian nation.” This was done through a series of so-called “revival processes”, targeting – in different periods – all traditional minorities settled in Bulgaria, such as Turks, Roma, Pomaks, Macedonians, etc.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International applauds the Krste Misirkov Organization for its tireless commitment in providing private Macedonian language classes in Aegean Macedonia (annexed by Greece after Macedonia's partition in 1912/13) and demanding that Greece fulfill its international obligations in providing minority language education.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International President, Bill Nicholov, met with the Director of Amnesty International's European Office, Nils Muiznieks, and European Office Researcher, Jelena Sesar, and called for Amnesty International to denounce the name, identity and history change imposed on Macedonia and to condemn the associated and resulting human rights violations against Macedonians.
The man whose job was to change my people's name, erase our identity and rewrite our history is now – in a brutally ironic twist of fate – watching his people's history being changed and the human rights abuses that they suffered be whitewashed, all in the name of politics and as a direct result of his actions.
[Insert derogatory name here]. You’d be immediately, and rightfully, condemned for being racist and spreading hatred. But not if you insert the latest derogatory name for my ethnic group. Actually, you’ll be congratulated for helping to “solve a diplomatic dispute” by spreading hatred against us.
Yeah. That’s right.
I’ve heard them all. I’ve been called a ___, a ___, and a ___ (and so much more). But there’s no condemnation. There is intolerance though, towards us, for being offended and for standing up against hatred.
And it’s all because one of our oppressors managed to convince the most powerful countries in the world to side with them in their claim that our existence is a “diplomatic dispute” that needs to be “solved”.