Macedonian Human Rights Movement International

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Saying You're Macedonian Is Not Enough
Saying You're Macedonian Is Not Enough
You need to take action. Otherwise, everything Macedonian will continue to be given away to those who want us eradicated. You'll be forever known as a "North Macedonian" from "North Macedonia" — terms specifically designed to eradicate our name, identity, culture, heritage, language, and history. Saying you're Macedonian is not enough. Simply attending Macedonian events is not enough. Complaining about the brutality of the past several years without taking action is not enough.  Macedonian Human Rights Movement International does not stand idly by. We've been leading the Macedonian cause for almost four decades, with concrete human rights projects throughout all of partitioned Macedonia and international lobbying for our name and rights. 
Foreign Minister of Regime in Macedonia Invents Excuse to Avoid Court Hearing for Defamation
Foreign Minister of Regime in Macedonia Invents Excuse to Avoid Court Hearing for Defamation
The foreign minister of the regime in Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, invented an excuse, for the third time, to avoid a court hearing against him on December 26, 2023 for violations of the Law on Civil Liability for Insult and Defamation. The first two occurrences were on May 29, 2023 and September 15, 2023. Each time Osmani claimed "unavoidable obligations", despite knowing, well in advance, of the court dates. The latter two were scheduled to be the final hearings in the lawsuit brought by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International and its president, Bill Nicholov. Osmani slandered MHRMI and Nicholov because of their activism in defending rights of Macedonians, in this case, the severely oppressed Macedonian minority in Bulgaria — a tactic frequently used by the regime and its US government backers.
MHRMI Condemns European Commission's Hypocrisy in Issuing Country Report on the Republic of Macedonia
MHRMI Condemns European Commission's Hypocrisy in Issuing Country Report on the Republic of Macedonia
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) condemns the hypocrisy by the European Commission (EC) in issuing its recent country report on the Republic of Macedonia and its "state of democracy, rule of law, and human rights". The gross human rights violations committed by the regime in Macedonia — only some of which are outlined in the report — are encouraged, enabled, directed and committed by the very organization that authored the report, and led by the United States.
Judgement Announced in MHRMI/Nicholov Lawsuit Against US-Controlled Media Outlet in Macedonia
Judgement Announced in MHRMI/Nicholov Lawsuit Against US-Controlled Media Outlet in Macedonia
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) and its President, Bill Nicholov, filed lawsuits for insult and defamation against Bujar Osmani, foreign minister of the regime in Macedonia, and 360 Degrees, a media outlet controlled and funded by the United States. Osmani and 360 Degrees are highly critical — and routinely defame — those who condemn U.S. anti-Macedonian policies and crackdown on human rights and civil liberties.
Second Hearing in MHRMI/Nicholov Lawsuit Against US-Controlled Media Outlet in Macedonia
Second Hearing in MHRMI/Nicholov Lawsuit Against US-Controlled Media Outlet in Macedonia
The second hearing in the lawsuit for insult and defamation filed by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International and MHRMI President Bill Nicholov against 360 Degrees, a US-controlled media outlet in Macedonia, will take place this Friday, September 22, 2023 at 10am, Room 22, Basic Civil Court, Skopje, Macedonia. We call on Macedonian and international media, human rights organizations, politicians, diplomats and all interested in human rights and the rule of law to attend and report on this important case.
Final Hearing in Nicholov/MHRMI Lawsuit vs. Bujar Osmani, Foreign Minister of Regime in Macedonia
Final Hearing in Nicholov/MHRMI Lawsuit vs. Bujar Osmani, Foreign Minister of Regime in Macedonia
The final hearing in the lawsuit for insult and defamation filed by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International and MHRMI President Bill Nicholov against the foreign minister of the regime in Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, will take place this Friday, September 15, 2023 at 10am, Room 8, Basic Civil Court, Skopje, Macedonia. We call on Macedonian and international media, human rights organizations, politicians, diplomats and all interested in human rights and the rule of law to attend and report on this important case.
MHRMI Meets With Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Calls for Support for Macedonian Political Prisoners, Macedonians' Name, Identity, History
MHRMI Meets With Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Calls for Support for Macedonian Political Prisoners, Macedonians' Name, Identity, History
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International President, Bill Nicholov, met with Elizabeth Anderson, Senior Advisor for International Security to Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly and Mary-Liz Power, Senior Policy Advisor to Foreign Minister Joly and called for Canada to seek the immediate release of Macedonian political prisoners and to denounce the forced Macedonia name change and continued forced revision of Macedonians' identity and history.
Appeal for Support from Macedonians in Pirin Macedonia
Appeal for Support from Macedonians in Pirin Macedonia
Watch the video statement from Stojko Stojkov, co-president of OMO Ilinden PIRIN, in which he calls for Macedonians worldwide to unite in defence of Macedonians, suffering under increased Bulgarian efforts to eradicate Macedonians' ethnic identity and human rights. To contribute, contact Macedonian Human Rights Movement International at mhrmi.org/donations, Ico Najdovski at facebook.com/ico.najdovskiperin, or OMO Ilinden PIRIN at facebook.com/OMOIlindenPirin1998
MHRMI Meets With Global Affairs Canada, Calls on Canada to Seek Immediate Release of Macedonian Political Prisoners​​
MHRMI Meets With Global Affairs Canada, Calls on Canada to Seek Immediate Release of Macedonian Political Prisoners​​
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International President, Bill Nicholov, met with the Director General of European and Eurasian Affairs for Global Affairs Canada, Andrew Turner, and Deputy Directors of European and Eurasian Affairs, Louise Corbin and Robert Coleman, and called for Canada to seek the immediate release of Macedonian political prisoners, imprisoned for dissenting against the regime and opposing the forced name change into the highly derogatory "North Macedonia". Nicholov pointed out Canada's long-standing history in condemning regimes worldwide and defending human rights activists and political prisoners. Nicholov called for equal treatment for Macedonians.
MHRMI Supports Legal Defence of the Centre for the Macedonian Language in Greece​
MHRMI Supports Legal Defence of the Centre for the Macedonian Language in Greece​
Since the registration of the Centre for the Macedonian Language in Greece, based in Lerin, numerous lawsuits have been filed in an attempt to rescind its registration. To date, nine lawsuits have been launched from various organizations, political parties and most notably, the public prosecutor of Lerin. These actions are in-line with prevalent anti-Macedonian views and Greece's suppression of Macedonian rights. The Centre for the Macedonian Language in Greece offers free online lessons to students of all ages who seek to improve or learn their mother tongue of Macedonian, after generations of Greece's notorious suppression of it.