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The European Fee towards Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) condemned the repression towards the Bulgarians in North Macedonia

ECRI highlights the instances of quite a few assaults towards individuals who determine themselves as Bulgarians

The European Fee towards Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe has printed in September 2023 its annual report on N. Macedonia, and within the part on hate speech, consideration is especially paid to the repression towards Bulgarians within the Republic of N. Macedonia.

ECRI states within the report that Bulgarians complain in regards to the anti-Bulgarian statements within the Republic of North Macedonia, and as a typical stereotype they level to the labeling of all Bulgarians as “fascists”, in addition to the presentation of Bulgarian ladies as “low-cost prostitutes”.

As well as, ECRI highlights the instances of quite a few assaults towards individuals who determine themselves as Bulgarians and towards Bulgarian cultural golf equipment as a component of concern, given the steps taken by the authorities to cancel the registration or dissolve some current Bulgarian cultural associations.

The fee emphasizes {that a} native singer insulted the “Ivan Mihailov” membership in Bitola, and was then employed to sing at an area celebration. The report additionally contains the membership “Tsar Boris Treti” in Ohrid and the assault with using firearms.

ECRI notes with concern that in March 2023 the Central Register of North Macedonia rejected the request of the Bulgarian Cultural Membership “Tsar Boris III” in Ohrid to maintain its title and that the Bulgarian Cultural Heart “Ivan Mihailov” in Bitola was deleted from the register.

Within the part on the language of hatred, along with the Bulgarians, there are additionally remarks on the perspective in direction of the LGBTI group and the Roma within the Republic of N. Macedonia.

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