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MHRMI Condemns Western Anti-Macedonian Hypocrisy while the UN Celebrates the 70th Anniversary of "Human Rights Day"

December 10, 2018

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights", according to Article 1 of the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Unless you're Macedonian. For the past three decades, the UN has been violating its own charter, international law and human rights conventions in its attempts to change the name of the Republic of Macedonia, the definition of "Macedonian", and the identity and history of an entire ethnic group. Not only do these acts constitute cultural genocide, they constitute genocide - as per the United Nations own definition of the term.

To the UN member-states that support this policy, what is your explanation?

Respecting and promoting human rights for all - unless you're Macedonian - has become an unofficial amendment to the UN Charter, as it is blatantly violating two of its bedrock principles:

Article 2 (1) - "The Organization is based on the principle of the sovereign equality of all its Members;" and
Article 2 (7) - "Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter;"

"Sovereign" and "equal" members have the right to their own name and identity. Nothing authorizes the United Nations to interfere in the internal affairs of any nation-state. Legally and morally, the United Nations has no right to force a name change for Macedonia and the Macedonian people.

MHRMI reiterates its demand that the United Nations finally adhere to its own principles and immediately accept the Republic of Macedonia's membership under its proper name, thus legally and permanently ending any attempts to change Macedonia's name and identity.


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Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information: 1-416-850-7125, info@mhrmi.org, www.mhrmi.org, twitter.com/mhrmi, facebook.com/mhrmi, mhrmi.org/OurNameIsMacedonia.