Toronto and Melbourne (1st September 2016)
Macedonian Paralympians, like their Olympian counterparts, will be forced to enter the Rio Paralympics Opening Ceremony behind the letter “E” for “Ex”, putting a regional twist on the infamous “F” for “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. The Paralympic website, like the Olympic one, lists Macedonia under “T” for “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. Depending on the local language, Macedonian athletes have entered behind many letters, except M, of course, for the actual name of their country, Macedonia. Furthermore, Macedonian athletes are not permitted to use their own country name on their uniforms. See Macedonian sprinter, Riste Pandev, in the photo below racing against athletes from Indonesia, Afghanistan and Gabon. Pandev's uniform is blank. What an Olympic-sized slap in the face.
Toronto & Melbourne
August 12, 2016
The Olympic charter claims that "The practice of sport is a human right." As is using your own country’s name. Once again, Macedonian athletes were forced to walk in behind the letter "F" for "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (or its equivalent) at the Olympic opening ceremonies. In Rio, it was “E” for “Ex”, in Sochi, “B” for the Russian word for “former”, and it’s the standard “F” in English-speaking countries. Any letter except “M” for “Macedonia” has become a hallmark of the IOC. The sheer size of the sign that said “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in the Parade of Nations shows the extent to which the IOC buckles when faced with Greek opposition to Macedonia’s name.
In this edition of the MHR Review:
10 May 2016
Australia’s 17th national Census of Population and Housing will be held on Tuesday 9th August 2016. In order to ensure that the Macedonian community in Australia is accurately identified, it is essential that each and every person takes care in the manner in which they answer the questions in Census 2016.
Featuring three documentary films..."The Macedonian", "People Without a Country" and "Begaltsi".
DATE: Friday 17th June 2016
VENUE: Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Corner of Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston, VIC 3072
DOORS OPEN: 7:45pm
TICKETS: $25 per person
***THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED***
The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) cannot regard as ethical the decision by the President of the Republic of Macedonia to amnesty all politicians before the special prosecution team, charged with investigating corruption, has even completed its investigations.