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Macedonian group cry foul over ‘Slav’ tag July 27, 2011

Posted by Yilan in Australia, Macedonia.
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AN ethnic group has accused the state and federal governments of racism for changing its identity.

A Macedonian community organisation has told a state parliamentary inquiry moves to rename the group and its language as Slav Macedonian had resulted “in immeasurable damage to the community”.

There is a bitter dispute over ownership of the name Macedonia.

Greece argues that Macedonia is Greek and objects to the name being used by the Republic of Macedonia.

Macedonia was admitted to the United Nations in 1993, but is known as The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee has told the inquiry into Victoria’s human rights charter Macedonians had suffered from state and federal orders to change the community’s name.

The “Slav” prefix was seen as racist by the community, it said.

“Everyone is treated equally, my number one priority is peace and harmony,” he said.

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