Thank you Mr Moderator. I am here today to speak about the lack of freedom of expression and free media for the Macedonian minority of Greece. Let me start by stating that in 2008, it would not be an unusual thing to hear ethnic music and singing in a minority language.
Introduction Greece vigorously denies the existence of any ethnic minorities on its territory and attempts to suppress any voices that advocate human rights. Simply raising the issue of the Macedonian minority in Greece causes Greek citizens and politicians alike to react in outrage. The majority of Greek society supports its government's non-recognition and discrimination of its large Macedonian minority.
Working Session 9: Rule of law II Statement on Protection of Human Rights in Greece, Macedonian Human Rights Movement Agias Sofias 13 Aridea, Pellis Greece 58 400 Tel.: + 30 2384023-271 Fax: + 30 2384021-778 Dear Mr. Moderator, Ladies and Gentlemen, We, the Macedonians of Greece strongly believe that the measure of every democratic and civilized country is the protection of human rights.
Thank you Mr Moderator This morning 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 states 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.
1. My delegation requested to exercise its "right of reply” to a statement made by the distinguished representative of the United States of America, who mentioned the existence of "Albanian, Macedonian and Turkish” minorities in Greece. The views contained therein are erroneous, misleading and suggest an unwarranted severity of the situation in my country.
Mr. Moderator, The United States commends the High Commissioner's ongoing work in Central Asia, southeastern Europe and elsewhere focusing on critical minority issues such as education and multi-ethnic policing, and emphasizing integration rather than segregation of persons belonging to minorities.
The Greek ambassador to the OSCE, Mr Haralambos G. Manesis became the first representative of the Greek state to officially receive yesterday a copy of the Macedonian Primer "Abecedar”, during the annual OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw. This initiative of EFA- Rainbow comes as an answer to the ...
Permit me to say a few things, as a reply to statements made by previous speakers. 1. As to a statement on the Muslim Minority in Greece, I would like to stress that the principles of the State policy towards the Muslim Minority are those of equality before the Law and equal protection of the Law, without any discrimination.
Mr. Moderator, Allow me, on behalf of the Delegation of the Republic of Macedonia, to refer to the statements just been made by the distinguished representatives of Greece and Bulgaria. The answer to the question to belong (or not) to a national minority is not a sovereign right of the ...