First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
- Martin Niemöller
I am writing on behalf of all Macedonian people who live in the Republic of Macedonia, the neighboring countries and all the countries in the world where Macedonians reside. Today, in the 21st century, we live in a highly developed world with democracy and liberal economy but it’s a shame to witness that some people and nations like the Macedonians have no basic human rights.
There is the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (1948), the European Convention of Human Rights (1954), and the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (1966) which determine all basic human rights of all the people in the world no matter where they are born or where they live now. Unfortunately, all of these declarations are violated when it comes to one ethnic group of people and their self-determination rights to identify themselves as Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia and in every other country where Macedonians live like Greece, Bulgaria, Albania, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United States, Canada, Australia and more.
The right of self-determination is a basic human right. The great minds that changed the history of the world like Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, John Lock, Thomas Hobbs, Jean Jacques-Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and Christian theologians all taught this basic right in their lectures.
“Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions. Men being, as has been said, by nature, all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of this estate, and subjected to the political power of another, without his own consent.” ―John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
“There is only one innate right. Freedom, insofar as it can coexist with the freedom of every other in accordance with a universal law” (6:237) “Any action is right if it can coexist with everyone’s freedom in accordance with a universal law, or if on its maxim the freedom of choice of each can coexist with everyone’s freedom in accordance with a universal law” (6:230) – Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason
The philosophical ideas defended by the likes of Locke and Kant have come to be associated with the general Enlightenment project initiated during the 17th and the 18th centuries. Ideals such as natural rights, moral autonomy, human dignity and equality provided a normative bedrock for attempts at re-constituting political systems, for overthrowing formerly despotic regimes and seeking to replace them with forms of political authority capable of protecting and promoting these new emancipatory ideals. These ideals effected significant, even revolutionary, political upheavals throughout the 18th century enshrined in such documents as the United States' Declaration of Independence and the French National Assembly’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. - Preamble to the Declaration of Independence of United States of America
"In free governments, the rulers are the servants and the people their superiors and sovereigns". - Benjamin Franklin
“Every man having been born free and master of himself, no one else may under any pretext whatever subject him without his consent.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
We the Macedonian people are the sovereign people of the country of the Republic of Macedonia and the power is the people. We, the people, elect our Government to protect our basic human rights.
But, today, we have an unconstitutional and an unlawful Junta Government of Zoran Zaev that come in force on 27 April 2017 in the Parliament. These traitors of the illegal Junta Government made illegal unconstitutional treaties with our neighbors Bulgaria, Albania and Greece that are against the basic human rights of Macedonians in our country the Republic of Macedonia and in our neighboring countries and everywhere in the world where Macedonians live. These illegal contracts are: Treaty of strategic partnership and friendship with Bulgaria, Tirana Platform – Law of Languages and the worst genocidal Nazi-Fascist treaty ever created in human history – the Prespa Agreement or Treaty with Greece. With these so-called agreements and treaties Macedonians are erased from the map and no longer officially exist. This is a genocide and ethnocide of one people and nation – the Macedonians and their history and culture. All of these treaties are unconstitutional and illegal and they are against the basic human rights of ethnic Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Albania and all countries in the world where Macedonians live.
In the Treaty of strategic partnership and friendship with Bulgaria they don’t recognize the Macedonian ethnic group and their Macedonian language and history. With this agreement Bulgaria is stealing Macedonian history from Samoil to 1945 when Macedonia gained independence as a state in the Yugoslavian federation after the WWII. With this agreement they formed a Common multidisciplinary expert committee on historical and educational issues where they bargain and bribe each other about historic revolutionaries' figures like Goce Delcev or Todor Aleksandrov. Bulgaria uses these commissions to acquire all Macedonian history or else Bulgaria will block our way to the European Union. Also, Bulgaria is given the right to select the material for our history books and they insert false Bulgarian history making it their own. These two nations and ethnic groups are different but Bulgaria denies our human right of self-identification as Macedonians. With this agreement the Republic of Macedonia has no rights to ask questions or to help bring to justice the abused human rights of the Macedonian minority in Pirin Macedonia, Bulgaria.
The Law of Languages – the Tirana Platform is abolished by the Venetian Commission and it’s also unconstitutional and illegal in the Republic of Macedonia. With this law Albanian language become second official language in the Republic of Macedonia with just 16% of the Albanian minority living in Macedonia. Where can you find that nonsense in the world This law makes people confused and it blocks everyday work in our society. The 70% of all Macedonians live in Macedonia. From them, only 1% speak Albanian. It is hard to conduct everyday business in regard to this Law. Fines are being set for Macedonians working in the state sector if they do not speak Albanian. There are also fines for state institutions to provide an Albanian interpreter even in municipalities that have no Albanian minority.
The Prespa Agreement with Greece is the most fascist agreement after the Third Reich in Nazi Germany from WWII. First this agreement represents an open genocide and ethnocide of ethnic Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia, Greece and everywhere in the world where Macedonians live and work. We wish to first and foremost alert you of the fact that the June 17 Agreement aims to change the name, language, and identity of the Macedonians. This type of undertaking, you will agree, is unprecedented in the history of mankind. It not only violates the fundamental right to self-determination and basic cultural rights of Macedonians across the world, but it is a crime against humanity – a genocide in the making. In the Prespa Agreement there is no name of the country R. Macedonia that’s make it not valid paper and agreement. Second, it’s not done and signed by the President of R. Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov but by the Foreign Affairs Minister which make it unconstitutional. Third, Article 53 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) declares that agreements that run counter to the mandatory norms of international law (jus cogens) are null and void! The Agreement is deliberately done to ignores the verdict of the International Court of Justice in the Hague from 2011. The Agreement has gone beyond usual legal standards, and instead penetrated the cultural sphere as well as the realm of collective and individual human rights of ethnic Macedonians for self-determination are being denied. The right for nationality, identity and citizenship Macedonian lost also. With this agreement Greece is stealing Macedonian Ancient History and Culture of Macedonian people. Also R. Macedonia has no rights to ask and give help to Macedonian minority that lives in Greece. Prespa agreement is violation of human rights of Macedonians to use their identity symbol the sun star of Vergina. R. Macedonia has to erase all history from education history books and to destroy all cultural statues and monuments that with this agreement belong to Hellenic republic of Greece.
Macedonian people held a referendum and they rejected the Prespa Agreement with Greece on 30 September 2018. But the illegal unconstitutional Government and their representatives in the Parliament voted to move further in their tyrannical Government and on force with bribe and corruption agreed to change our name to North Macedonia. With this our Macedonian identity, name, culture, history is destroyed and we, the Macedonians, are been erased from the map of people and nations. This is the genocide and ethnocide of the Macedonian people.
Therefore, I am writing to you, to get your help to get our basic human rights back to the Macedonian people that live in the Republic of Macedonia and in all other countries in the world.
Why does everybody speak about the Jewish genocide or the Armenian and the Native American genocide, but no one dares to speak about the Macedonian genocide done by Greece? You know we are people too and we are Macedonians. It’s time to learn and speak openly about Macedonian genocide from 1913 to this day done by Greece. From the year 1913 when Greece occupied Aegean Macedonia they systematically tried to assimilate, execute, erase, and expel ethnic Macedonian people. 15 000 Macedonians were victims of ethnic cleansing by the Greek Army in Aegean Macedonia. Macedonians after the Greek occupation were forbidden to speak Macedonian, practice their couture or even bare Macedonian names. Hundreds of thousands of Macedonians were forced into exile and thousands more were murdered in numerous attacks lead by Greek Government and Greek Orthodox Church. After the WWI between 52 000 and 72 000 ethnic Macedonians were expelled to Bulgaria and 25 000 come to Greece from Bulgaria. They were joined with hundreds of thousands of refugees from Turkey after the treaty between Greece and Turkey in 1923. Around 130 000 – 180 000 Macedonians were expelled and went to Bulgaria and Turkey. Violent massacres occurred in which Greek civilians were told by their Government and church to attack Macedonian settlements, killing without remorse. One such massacre was the Zagoricani village massacre, near Kostur. Further incidents and acts of persecution occurred under the Greek fascist regime of Ioannis Metaxas. Following the Civil War in Greece (1946-1949) 40 000 children of ethnic Macedonian descent were expelled in exile all over the world in Yugoslavia, Poland, Romania, Australia, the USA and all other countries in the world. These Macedonians were stripped of the right of citizenship and land. It was stolen to them and to this day they can’t return on their land in Aegean Macedonia that was occupied by Greece and was never a part of Greece before 1913. In the civil war in Greece 200 000 Macedonians were expelled. 20 000 Macedonians died in the civil war on the mountains Vico and Gramos. Greece and Bulgaria denied that any significant minorities live in their countries. More then 300 000 Macedonians still live in Greece today and are denied their human rights such as freedom of expression and religion. Ethnic Macedonian refugees who fled to north Greece after the Greek Civil War of 1946-49, as well as their decedents who identify themselves as Macedonians are denied permission to regain citizenship, land, property and to visit Greece.
To this day Greece is doing a genocide to Macedonian people. With the Prespa Agreement 2019 they officially erased the Macedonians as people and a nation. Greeks stole Macedonian history, culture, music, literature, name, and the identity of the Macedonian people.
Human Rights Watch/Helsonki based on the evidence and research has concluded that:
1. An ethnic Macedonian minority with its own language and culture exist in northern Greece; 2. The Greek government has denied the ethnic identity of the ethnic Macedonian minority in violation International human rights laws and agreements. This is evidenced by open statements by Greek officials; by the government's denial of the existence of Macedonian language; by the government refusal to permit a “Center of Macedonian culture” and by the government’s refusal in the recent past to permit the performance of Macedonians songs and dances;
3. Freedom of expression is restricted for ethnic Macedonians in violation of International human rights laws. Some rights activist has been persecuted and convicted for the peaceful expression of their views; some convictions are still in effect;
4. It is not permitted to teach Macedonian language;
5. Ethnic Macedonians were discriminated against in employment in public sector;
6. Ethnic Macedonians and Macedonian rights’ activists are harassed by the Greek government, followed and threatened by security forces and subject to economic and social pressure that led to fear in which many Macedonians are reluctant to assert their Macedonian identity or to express their views openly.
Not just Macedonians in Greece but ethnic Macedonian in Bulgaria also don’t have their rights.
1. Macedonian minority rights should be guaranteed to us in accordance with the international agreements of minorities;
2. The introduction of the Macedonian language, history and culture in all educational institutions in Pirin Macedonia;
3. The right of radio and TV broadcasting in Macedonian language
4. There should be an end of assimilation processes and the destruction of the Macedonian culture.
5. The right to publish in Macedonian language
6. The Macedonian church should be independent
7. The right of the Macedonian political party Ilinden to represent the interests of the Macedonian minority in Bulgaria.
In 1956 187,789 people of Bulgaria declared themselves to be ethnic Macedonians.
The same rights that apply for Bulgaria should apply for Macedonians in Albania in Golo Brdo and Small Prespa. Around 350 000 ethnic Macedonians live there. The position of ethnic Macedonians in Albania is far from that of ethnic Albanians in Macedonia. The rights of ethnic Macedonians in Albania remain below the most elementary level.
This is the list of all the lost, stolen human rights that as Macedonians we don’t have any more in our country the Republic of Macedonia and in all the countries in the world, especially in Greece and Bulgaria where Macedonian minority lives.
These are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations (UN).
Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Not Macedonians! With the Prespa Agreement we don’t exist. We are just citizens of North Macedonia which is a different identity.
Article 2. Macedonians are facing discrimination based on ethnicity, race, language, political and national origin in the Republic of Macedonia, Greece and in Bulgaria.
The right of self-identification – lost by Prespa Agreement with Greece;
Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Macedonians in Greece don’t have the right of life, liberty and security.
Article 5. No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
This doesn’t apply for Macedonians in Greece and Bulgaria. In the last century Macedoninas were subject of cruel tortures in prisons with degrading treatment and punishment just because they are Macedonians. The same occured in Macedonia as part of Yugoslavia and Serbian Communist Tito who tortured Macedonians. Also, in today’s Macedonia we have people tortured in our prisons for 27/04/2017 events when Macedonian patriots defend the Macedonian Constitution and Law in Parliament.
Article 6. Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the Law.
Macedonians are not recognized as a nation and their ethnic group by Greece, Bulgaria and in the Republic of Macedonia.
Article 7. All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.
In the Republic of Macedonia there is no law now, there is no law state.
Article 8. Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
There are Macedonians being arrested in the Republic of. Macedonia and are in prison for no other reason than being falsely accused as terrorists. They were just Macedonian patriots who tried to defend the Macedonian constitution. Other Macedonians are arrested at the borders and some like the former PrimeMinister Nikola Gruevski, are in exile.
Article 10. Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Macedonians have no fair public trials. Courts are corrupted and make political decision as delegated by the illegal Junta Government of Zaev. The Junta Government orders court decisions.
Article 11.1. Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.
This article doesn’t apply for Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia because paid propaganda journalists, media and newspapers ruined the lives of the arrested Macedonians and faked stories accusing them of being guilty.
Article 12. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
This article doesn’t apply for Macedonian TV, media and newspapers journalists who attack family members of the arrested Macedonians and fabricate fake news stories.
Article 13. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.
This article doesn’t apply for Macedonians. Some of them like L. Palevski were arrested at the airport and nobody gave any information to the public not to the police.
Article 15. Everyone has the right to a nationality.
Macedonians have no right of nationality. Their nationality is being erased by the Prespa Agreements with Greece. There are no more official Macedonians but just citizens of North Macedonia.
Article 17. 1. Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. 2. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Macedonians from Greece that were expelled in the Greece Civil War have lost their property. Their property was given to other people that took their land. Macedonians from Aegean Macedonia can’t come back in Greece and return their land and properties.
Article 18 & 19 Everyone has the right to freedom of thought. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
Not Macedonians. We cannot talk about the Greek genocide and occupation, as well as about the Bulgarian occupation of Pirin Macedonia in 1913. We can’t talk about the Greece civil war and the genocide of Macedonian people even in the Republic of Macedonia.
Article 20. 1. Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
2. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Not Macedonians in Greece. They haven’t had a peaceful assembly or association for years. Also, the Macedonians in Bulgaria can’t register a legal political party even though European Courts say they can. Macedonians have no rights of peaceful assembly and association.
Macedonians also don’t have the rights of their culture, literature, music, art because their rights are censured and forbidden in Greece, Bulgarian and today in the Republic of Macedonia as well.
Therefore, I’m writing to you to inform you and to ask for your help to stop the Greek genocide of Macedonians and to preserve our basic human rights from The Universal Declaration of Human Rights by United Nations UN.
The illegal Junta Government in the Republic of Macedonia needs to fall fast and the genocide treaties with Greece and Bulgaria, the Prespa Treaty and the Treaty of strategic partnership and friendship, because these treaties are against the basic Macedonian human rights.
Ile Milevski M. A. in European Studies,
Sociologist & Writer
- United Nations Declaration of Human Rights;
- The European Convention of Human Rights;
- The International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights;
- First they came... - Martin Niemöller;
- John Locke, Second Treatise of Government;
- Immanuel Kant, Critique of Practical Reason;
- The Declaration of Independence of United States of America;
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contact;
- Treaty of the strategic partnership and friendship;
- Tirana Platform – Law of Languages;
- Prespa Agreement or Treaty;
- Human Rights Watch/Helsonki;
- Siljanovska-Davkova, Gordana (2018), “For Prespa Agreement and more”;
- Popovski, Petar, Stolen History: Documentary Facts About Greek Appropriation of Ancient Macedonian History, Culture & Civilization', (Volume 1 & 2)