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. 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. 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.
Thank you Mr Moderator. Today I would like to bring everyone's attention a case concerning Bulgaria's refusal to respect the right of freedom of association. The United Macedonian Organisation "Ilinden” PIRIN is a political party defending the rights of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria.
Thank you Mr Moderator. I would like to bring everyone's attention to a case concerning Greece's refusal to respect the right of freedom of association. In early 1989, the Berlin Wall was still standing.
Thank you Mr Moderator. The Home of Macedonian Culture in Greece wishes to make the following statement on the lack of independence and impartiality in the mainstream media in Greece. The Greek newspaper Eleftherotypia recently reported on a seminar organized by the State Intelligence Service for editors of the mainstream ...
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.
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.