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MHRMI Condemns Greeces Blacklisting of Macedonians as MHRMI Activist is Denied Entry into Greece

October 27, 2016



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Mangovski's Document Slavko Mangovski, MHRMI International Coordinator and a dual-citizen of the US and Macedonia, was denied entry into Greece on October 24, 2016 at the Medzitlija/Niki (Negochani) border crossing. He was told by border officials that he is on the list of undesirables, Greeces blacklist of Macedonian human rights activists, despite being previously removed from it due to pressure from local human rights organizations. He was placed on Greece's blacklist again after being a guest at a gala banquet held by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International on June 1, 2013 in Toronto.

Representatives from the US Embassy in Athens were told by the border officials that they had no record of the incident, despite border documents being issued.
Document 1
Document 2
Document 3

MHRMI immediately followed up with the US State Department to investigate the continued abuse by Greek officials against Macedonians and its large Macedonian minority.

Furthermore, the documents refer to FYROM, with the European Union logo on prominent display. MHRMI not only condemns Greeces actions, but the European Union in allowing a member-state to negate and violate an entire ethnic groups rights to its own name, ethnicity, identity, culture and language. MHRMI calls on the EU to:

force Greece to abolish its racist blacklist;
immediately denounce Greeces persecution of Macedonians;
enforce all of the European Court of Human Rights judgements against it;
denounce the Greek-initiated name dispute with Macedonia;
compel its member-states to uphold and adhere to the human rights conventions that it espouses as core European values

Failure to do so would only indicate the European Unions lack of commitment to its own stated ideals and a continued blind eye to Greeces anti-Macedonian, anti-minority conduct and policy.

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Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information: 1-416-850-7125,
info@mhrmi.org, www.mhrmi.org, twitter.com/mhrmi, facebook.com/mhrmi, mhrmi.org/OurNameIsMacedonia.



 
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