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


Greece Denies Entry to Macedonian Writer

August 31 , 2000


SOURCE: Greek Helsinki Monitor (GHM), Athens

(GHM/IFEX) - GHM has been informed that, on 30 May 2000, writer Vasko Karadza, citizen and resident of Skopje, Macedonia, was denied entrance into Greece at the Greek-Macedonian border because he was "registered in an inadmissible list" (sic). This occurred even though he held a legal visa issued by the Greek Consulate in Skopje on 29 May. Karadza had previously visited Greece in 1998, when he was invited by a state National Book Centre to participate in the Balkan Writers Laboratory.

Karadza is an author who has published books in Macedonia and Greece. He was born in Greece, and left the country during the civil war, when he was stripped of his citizenship. In 1982, when the Greek state gave a blank amnesty to all civil war refugees abroad, it exempted those who "were not of Greek origin" (i.e. those who identified as Macedonians). The latter have frequently been arbitrarily "blacklisted" as "undesirable" and denied entry into Greece. Many Macedonians, whether born in Greece or not, who are active in Macedonian human rights or cultural organizations abroad, are being denied entry into the country.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Send appeals to the foreign minister:
- denouncing the harassment of the writer and the practice of "blacklisting" undesirable writers and activists
- recalling that Greece, as a signatory of the OSCE documents and the Stability Pact, is committed to facilitate rather than hinder the freedom of movement across its borders

APPEALS TO:
George Papandreou
Foreign Minister
Athens, Greece
Fax: +30 1 36 81 433
Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

     
Join Us Videos Follow Us

ACT NOW and SHARE

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




Sign On & Show Your Support

Search the Web
Search the MHRMI Archives
 
1997-2015 Macedonian Human Rights Movement International - All Rights Reserved.
This website is hosted and under development by: TJ-Hosting