Following the receipt of anti-Macedonian hate mail (see below), Macedonian Human Rights Movement International has filed a hate crime report with the Toronto Police, who have launched an investigation. Specifically, the "wilful promotion of hatred" is defined by the Criminal Code of Canada as:
Yesterday, the Bulgarian District Court in the city of Blagoevgrad (original Macedonian name, Gorna Dzumaja) decided that an NGO whose name is “Citizens' Association for the Protection of Basic Individual Human Rights” is acting against the Bulgarian Constitution and banned it. The main reason is that the NGO's aims are to protect Macedonians’ rights, however, Bulgaria denies the very existence of such an ethnicity on its soil and elsewhere.
Claiming that Macedonians voluntarily chose to rename our country into “North Macedonia” and ethnicity into “North Macedonians” is like saying that Indigenous groups choose to be called “Redskins”. And when Western media attack Macedonians for denouncing the forced name change, it would be akin to them attacking Indigenous groups for denouncing anti-Indigenous terms.
Welcome to The Surreal World: Macedonia.
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Published in Emerging Europe – Of course, all, or any, of these actions should have stopped the “dispute” dead in its tracks. NATO and the EU should have reprimanded (or better yet, expelled) Greece and Bulgaria for the blatant violation of the rights their organizations claim to uphold, but instead they chose to aid them, all in the name of increasing NATO and EU membership. The international community should be condemning all parties involved in the cultural genocide of Macedonians. The aforementioned group of politicians, journalists, etc. – which espouses the defence of human rights, democracy and the rule of law – should issue condemnation, not celebration, of hypocrisy.
The same power centres that control the media in Macedonia also have a monopoly over information in countries like Moldova.
Those familiar with the situation in Macedonia realized long ago that much of the media here are controlled by foreign structures, primarily the US government, and groups such as the George Soros network. This is done with the purpose of advancing US foreign policy interests in Macedonia. Media created or richly funded through USAID projects, the US Embassy in Skopje, various EU-funded programs, and even countries such as Qatar with its Al Jazeera network, are acting in unison and promoting policies whose goal is to rename Macedonia, redefine the meaning of the word “Macedonian” and end any thought of Macedonia acting as an independent, sovereign entity in the region.
2019:12 years since Bulgaria became a member of the European Union, 30 years since it became a democracy, 56 years since the beginning of the policy of denial, assimilation and discrimination of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria.
Contents: Situation of the Macedonian Minority and More Important Developments in 2019, Denial of the Macedonian Minority, Nation and Identity, Violation of the Right of Association, Hate Speech, Organized Harassment, Refusal of the Authorities to Engage in Dialogue, Conclusions and Recommendations
Dear Macedonians, my name is Victoria Tosevski and I'm Macedonian Human Rights Movement International's Media Liaison Director.
I'm asking for your support. Macedonia and Macedonians are facing the biggest threat to our identity – and existence as Macedonians – in modern history. Our name has been forcibly changed, our identity given away to our oppressors, and our history rewritten.
Each passing day brings a new attack on Macedonians throughout all regions of partitioned Macedonia, and throughout the world.
Five years ago this day, the Macedonian Association “Ilinden” - Tirana was admitted into the family of representatives of European nationalities and was made a full member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN). We are particularly grateful to Macedonian Human Rights Movement International from Canada, led by its President Bill Nicholov, for their contribution in achieving this goal.
EFA member party OMO “Ilinden” – PIRIN, together with a group of organisations representing the Macedonian minority in the Republic of Bulgaria, have written a joint declaration to strongly condemn the latest provocations perpetrated by the Bulgarian Government, which operate against the opening of the European integration negotiations of the Republic of Macedonia.
The signatories of the declaration call for the recognition of the Macedonian minority rights and the rights to its citizens to self-determination. It is also claimed the cease of the government’s anti-Macedonian policies and its declarations denying the existence of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria.