Macedonians Win European Court Case Against Greece
July 10, 1998
|Hristo Sideropoulos, along with several other founders of the Macedonian Cultural Centre in Lerin, took the Greek government to the
European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Tuesday, March 24, 1998. A decision was reached on July 10, 1998. The Greek government
refused the Macedonians the right to register this association on grounds that they were "suspected of undermining the country’s
territorial integrity" simply by opening a Macedonian cultural centre. Greece must now allow the Macedonians to register their
association with its proper name, the Home of Macedonian Civilization.
According to the European Convention Article 11:
EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
- "Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and
join trade unions for his interests."
CASE OF SIDIROPOULOS AND OTHERS v. GREECE
10 July 1998
THE COURT UNANIMOUSLY:
And according to the French News Agency:
- Dismisses the (Greek) Government’s preliminary objections;
- Holds that there has been a violation of Article 11 of the Convention;
- Holds that it is unnecessary to rule on the complaints under Articles 6 § 1, 9, 10 and 14 of the Convention;
- Holds that the present judgment constitutes in itself sufficient just satisfaction for the non-pecuniary damage sustained by the applicants;
- that the respondent State is to pay the applicants, within three months, 4,000,000 (four million) drachmas for costs and expenses;
- that simple interest at an annual rate of 6% shall be payable from the expiry of the above-mentioned three months until settlement;
- Dismisses the remainder of the claim for just satisfaction.
Fri, 10 Jul 98 - 15:55 GMT
Greece condemned for discriminating against Macedonian minority
STRASBOURG, July 10 (AFP) - The European Court of Human Rights on Friday condemned Greece for having banned an association called 'The House of
Four people brought the case on behalf of a group of about 50 people who said they were of ethnic Macedonian origin and had a 'Macedonian national
The Court ruled that Greece had violated the applicants' right to liberty of association.