Bulgaria's official state policy continues to be the outright denial of the existence of the Macedonian minority, as well as of Macedonian identity, language, culture and history. It is this denial, along with the EU's full endorsement of Bulgaria's anti-Macedonian campaigns, that has led to a dramatic rise in hatred and human rights violations against Macedonians in Bulgaria.
The situation of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria worsened due to the aggravation in relations with the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgarian attempts to force Skopje to renounce the existence of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria and the media campaign conducted in Bulgaria in that regard. A climate of intolerance reigns in society against Macedonians and they are the object of hate speech, which is often given wide exposure through the media without being sanctioned by the institutions of the state and without encountering any condemnation by the wider society.
"During 2020 the situation of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria worsened because of the aggravated relations with the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgarian attempts to force Skopje to renounce the existence of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria and the media campaign conducted in Bulgaria in that regard. The registration of one of two registered Macedonian organizations was rescinded in 2019 while the other one is in the process of being deregistered and its members are subjected to harassment by the authorities." - Excerpt from the annual report. Full report below.
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
Thank you Mr Moderator. Ladies and Gentlemen, during the dictatorship in Greece more than 30 years ago, the Ministry of Justice of the Military Junta ordered the Public Prosecutor to identify and investigate Greek citizens who called for freedom of expression, personal liberties and the establishment of a democratic system.
Thank you Mr Moderator. My statement today will focus on the linguistic rights of the Macedonian speaking minority of Greece. One of the basic demands of the Macedonian minority is to have the right to use traditional place names and have their first name and surname in their own language recognized by the state.
Thank you Mr Moderator. This morning I would like to make the following statement on physiological torture and intimidation carried out by Bulgarian authorities against members of the United Macedonian Organisation "Ilinden” PIRIN. As you heard yesterday, in 2005 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the banning of OMO "Ilinden” PIRIN was a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Thank you Mr Moderator. We just heard the statement of the representative of Rainbow who gave us examples of harassment of the members of the Macedonian minority of Greece. I would now like to add that the intimidation is not limited to members of the minority.
My statement today shall focus on the rights of Macedonian national minority of Greece. In line with Greek nationalist ideology, successive Greek governments have failed to acknowledge the existence of a distinct Macedonian ethnic identity and Macedonian language. The attitude of Greek authorities to the very concept of minority rights deserves particular attention.
Thank you Mr Moderator. This afternoon I would like to talk about Greece's denial of the right to freedom of movement to individuals born within its borders. Although Article 9.5 of the Copenhagen document declares that States will respect the right of everyone to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country, Greece has and continues to ignore this OSCE commitment.