Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Australia
(8 September, 2011)
On the occasion of the Republic of Macedonia's 20th anniversary of its independence, Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) and the Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) reiterate our demand that Macedonia immediately cease negotiations over its name.
It is a disgrace that Macedonia, by participating in the negotations, is violating its own most basic human right, that of self-identification. It is reprehensible that the Western world, despite having recognised Macedonia, is insisting that Macedonia change its name.
MHRMI and AMHRC initiated the Our Name is Macedonia campaign in July 2010, an ad campaign which demands an end to the negotiations, and which has gained overwhelming support from Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia and throughout the world.
As stated in the Our Name is Macedonia campaign, "We are winning. Over 130 countries have recognised Macedonia, including four of the five permanent UN Security Council members. We have the power to end this. Stop negotiating our own name".
MHRMI and AMHRC demand that Macedonia vehemently defend our name and immediately end the name negotiations. Furthermore, we demand:
Our organisations also:
Finally, MHRMI and AMHRC call on every Macedonian organisation and individual to sign on to the Our Name is Macedonia campaign.