Yesterday, the Bulgarian District Court in the city of Blagoevgrad (original Macedonian name, Gorna Dzumaja) decided that an NGO whose name is “Citizens' Association for the Protection of Basic Individual Human Rights” is acting against the Bulgarian Constitution and banned it. The main reason is that the NGO's aims are to protect Macedonians’ rights, however, Bulgaria denies the very existence of such an ethnicity on its soil and elsewhere.
Claiming that Macedonians voluntarily chose to rename our country into “North Macedonia” and ethnicity into “North Macedonians” is like saying that Indigenous groups choose to be called “Redskins”. And when Western media attack Macedonians for denouncing the forced name change, it would be akin to them attacking Indigenous groups for denouncing anti-Indigenous terms.
Welcome to The Surreal World: Macedonia.
Macedonian Association "Ilinden"-Tirana and Macedonian Association "Ilinden"- Branch Golo Brdo urges the Government of Albania to form the Municipality of Golo Brdo and the Municipality of Gora. Five Years since the territorial division, and there is no prosperity for the Regions of Golo Brdo and Gora!
Macedonian newspaper Ilinden: How do you see the perspectives of the relations between the Republic of Albania and the Republic of Macedonia? Dr. Olsi Jazexhi: I see the relations of Albania and Macedonia developing very well. Albania and Macedonia share many things together.
If somebody told you that an entire ethnic group's name and identity was being changed to appease its oppressors, you would react in outrage. If they followed up by saying, "Oh wait, it's a diplomatic dispute", would your response be "That's okay then. They should resolve this dispute by denying their own existence"? This is what's happening to Macedonia and Macedonians.
Every day, I listen to old white men discuss how they're going to change MY ethnicity, my country's name, identity, language, and history - all in the name of appeasing our oppressors - who deny our right to exist. Imagine this happening to you and your ethnic group. It's surreal.
EFA General Assembly, Landshut, 13/4/2018 on behalf of OMO "Ilinden”- PIRIN and EFA - Rainbow/Vinozhito Bearing in mind that: a. The Macedonian minorities living as indigenous populations in Greece and Bulgaria continue to face discrimination and even negation of their existence by the two mentioned countries.
As per Macedonia's constitution, Macedonian Human Rights Movement International calls on Macedonia's caretaker government to deny a mandate to the SDSM/DUI coalition, reject their current takeover of Parliament, and immediately announce a date for new elections - one free of outside interference. This is all within the caretaker government's power and guaranteed by the Macedonian constitution.
Despite requests by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International that Human Rights Watch (HRW) - as one of the world's most influential human rights organizations - denounce the UN-sponsored name negotiations aimed at changing Macedonia's name, HRW has declined. The reason given by Benjamin Ward, Deputy Director of HRW's Europe ...