The Australian-Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC), Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI), the Association of the Refugee Children from Aegean Macedonia of Melbourne and Victoria, the Association of Refugee Children from Aegean Macedonia (ARCAM) in Canada and Macedonian refugee associations in the Republic of Macedonia have decided to launch a campaign for legal action against the Greek state to restore citizenship and property rights to Macedonians from Greece.
Yesterday, Premier Rann's office released to the media a response to the complaint lodged by the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) against the Premier at the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commision), for discriminatory statements in reference to Macedonians. We consider Mr. Rann's response to be unsatisfactory. He claims that his criticisms were directed at the "incumbent President" of the Republic of Macedonia. However, this is not borne out by a reading of the transcript of his comments that he himself provided, nor, in any case, is it a valid defence.
The Australian Human Rights Commission ("the Commission") has acted on the complaint lodged by the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee ("AMHRC") against the Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann. Mr Rann is at present the subject of an investigation by the Commission for an alleged discriminatory slur against Macedonians. At the 31st Annual "Dimitria Greek Festival" (29/11/09) in South Australia, Mr Rann made the following statement in reference to Macedonians: "People sometimes say to me, but why is this important? It is important because no one is entitled to steal another nation's history or culture; that's why it's important". ?
STATEMENT OF EFA-RAINBOW, AMHRC AND MHRMI ON THE 2010 STATE DEPARTMENT REPORT ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES IN GREECE
12 March 2010
The European Free Alliance Rainbow, the political party of the Macedonian minority of Greece, the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) and Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) call upon the international community to demand that the Greek government take action to end its human rights violations in light of the US State Department's annual report on human rights practices in Greece.
AMHRC is Delighted to Announce that Professor Victor Friedman will be giving a Lecture on the Macedonian Language at La Trobe University Research Centre for Linguistic Typology La Trobe University