Thank you Mr Moderator. Since we are talking about citizenship today, I would like to bring everyone's attention to discrimination which exists in Greece today with respect to citizenship. During the Civil War in Greece (1946-1949), thousands of Greek citizens fled Greece.
Thank you Mr Moderator As we all know, one of the most basic elements of democracy is dialogue. Dialogue between citizens and the state, dialogue between NGOs and the state are most fundamental is this regard. Today I would like to talk about Greece's exclusion of the European Free Alliance - Rainbow, the political party of the ethnic Macedonian minority of Greece from this process.
Thank you Mr Moderator. Today I would like to talk about the use of traditional place names, the rights of minorities to use their first name and surname in their own language and the current policy of the Greek state to prohibit such names. During the inter-war period between World ...
Thank you Mr Moderator. Today I would like to bring everyone's attention to a case concerning Greece's refusal to respect the right of freedom of association. In fact, the case concerns our organisation, the Home of Macedonian Culture, which remains unregistered due to reasons which I shall briefly outline.
1. I would like to mention some recent developments furthering protection of the freedom of religion in my country: - A law allowing cremation of the deceased has been adopted; - a legislative provision, providing that the opinion (of a non-binding character) of the local Orthodox Bishop was to be ...
Source: Greek Helsinki Monitor www.greekhelsinki.gr At the recent HDIM (Human Dimension Implementation meeting) of the OSCE in Warsaw (25-30 September, 2005) dedicated mainly to human rights and minority issues, Rainbow has been participating as an organization of the Macedonian minority in Greece.
by Georgios N. Papadakis Representatives from Macedonian and Turkish minority organizations at the annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the OSCE in Warsaw, ending last Friday (30.9.2005), told the meeting that Greece continues to refuse to recognize any ethnic or linguistic minorities, other than the so-called "Muslim” minority in the west Thrace region.
Mr. Moderator, May I first ask if you can see and hear me? Thank you because according to an earlier speaker I am someone who does not exist.* * The Greek ambassador in his reply to yesterday's and this morning's sessions once again refused to acknowledge the existence of the Macedonian minority in Greece.