Macedonian Human Rights Movement International President Bill Nicholov met with David Sproule and Andrew Turner, the Director General and Deputy Director of European and Eurasian Affairs for Global Affairs Canada, and called for Canada to immediately reverse its ill-advised support of the forced name change of the Republic of Macedonia.
Nicholov noted that Canada's policy of “Euro-Atlantic integration” cannot be pursued at the expense of human rights, international law, and the human rights conventions to which Canada is a signatory.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International calls on Macedonian-Canadians to join our support of Dan Masin, a proud Macedonian-Canadian, who is seeking candidacy in the Ontario riding of Simcoe North.
Masin is running for the nomination in the Conservative Party of Canada, but MHRMI stresses that we are supporting Dan Masin as an individual, and reiterate our position that any political party that wants support from Macedonians must clearly support Macedonia's name and our Macedonian identity first.
Article by MHRMI supporter Biljana Saragil: An attempt to rewrite our history and change our ethnicity is underway. Are you ok with that? What is your red line? “I’m not political” or “we live in the West. Why should I care about what happens in Macedonia? It doesn’t affect me. I’m still Macedonian and I’m not going to stress about what happens in Macedonia. I only concern myself with what happens in the country I live in.”
The Macedonian Association “Ilinden” - Tirana strongly condemns the September 9 statement by Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov. Referring to Macedonia, Karakachanov said: ‘You changed your name and your flag, you wil also change your history”. This is his brazen announcement that Bulgaria will block the opening of EU accession talks at the first inter-governmental conference between Macedonia and the European Union, unless Macedonia meets the conditions from the anti-Macedonian treaty concluded on August 1, 2017 to revise Macedonian history in a way that will portray Macedonians as Bulgarians, the Macedonian language as a mere Bulgarian dialect and Macedonia as part of Bulgaria.
Forget cancel culture. My actual culture is being cancelled. What could this possibly mean? It means that my country’s name, identity and history have been forcibly changed — by the United States — in order to appease our oppressors. What could THIS possibly mean? It means that our two biggest oppressors...
A lot of Democratic Party voters don’t know what is happening in Macedonia, but the Democratic Party does — because they orchestrated it. And the Republican Party fully endorses it. Why? Because it fulfills the number one objective of US foreign policy going back over seven decades — interventionism.
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.
TAKE ACTION: Visit mhrmi.org/act/media to send an INSTANT email to the world's biggest media outlets and tell them to STOP perpetuating hate against Macedonians. Tell them that OUR NAME IS MACEDONIA. Share this and ask EVERYONE you know to do the same. DON'T STOP. We WILL get Macedonia's name back.