Infinite Menus, Copyright 2006, OpenCube Inc. All Rights Reserved.
 


The Rainbow Party - New Trial Date

GREECE CHARGES MINORITY WITH "USE OF MOTHER TONGUE"

September 11, 1998


Four members of The Rainbow Party, a legal political party, were charged under Article 192 of the Greek Penal Code with "inciting violence" or "disturbing the peace" for hanging a sign in the party's office displaying the words "Lerinski Komitet," (Lerin Committee) in their native Macedonian language as well as in Greek. The trial was originally scheduled for October 14th, 1997, but has been rescheduled by the courts to September 15, 1998.

Amnesty International - News Release - EUR
Charges against members of the "Rainbow" party should be dropped


Amnesty International is calling on the Greek authorities to drop the charges against four members of the ethnic Macedonian minority party "Rainbow" at their trial in Florina on 15 September 1998.

"Rainbow" members Vasilis Romas, Costas Tasopoulos, Petros Vasiliadis and Pavlos Voskopoulos are charged with "causing and inciting mutual hatred among the citizens" under Article 192 of the Greek Penal Code.

These charges were brought against them after they displayed a sign bearing the words "Florina Committee" in both Greek and Macedonian outside the Florina office of the Rainbow Party in September 1995. There is nothing in the indictment which suggests that they advocated violence or incited hatred.

Amnesty International believes that their prosecution is a violation of Article 10 (1) of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR), which Greece has ratified and is legally bound to observe.

Article 10 (1) states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers."

Should they be imprisoned after their trial, Amnesty International will adopt them as prisoners of conscience and will call for their immediate and unconditional release.

Source: Amnesty International, International Secretariat, 1 Easton Street, WC1X 8DJ, London, United Kingdom
http://www.amnesty.org/

     
Join Us Videos Follow Us



ACT NOW and SHARE

Macedonian newspaper
in Albania

Proudly supported by MHRMI

MHRMI needs your support

Can you spare a dollar a day for Macedonian human rights?
The Macedonian human rights movement in all parts of Macedonia is stronger and showing more potential than ever, but we need your help to continue our progress. Get involved. Volunteer. Donate. Join the MHRMI Dollar a Day fund and make a difference.

You can make a difference for Macedonians struggling to achieve their human rights. Please do it today. Thank you for your support.


Click here for more info
June 2016


Search the Web
Search the MHRMI Archives
 
1997-2017 Macedonian Human Rights Movement International - All Rights Reserved.
This website is hosted and under development by: TJ-Hosting