Friday, December 23, 2011
THE ALBANIAN-AMERICAN DIASPORA SUPPORTS THE DEMONSTRATION IN TUZ AND CONDEMNS THE MONTENEGRIN GOVERNMENT IN ITS STRONGEST FORM FOR ITS OBSTRUCTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS TOWARDS ALBANIANS’ FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
DETROIT / NEW YORK / 23 DECEMBER 2011 – THE ALBANIAN-AMERICAN DIASPORA declares its support for the upcoming demonstration in TUZ on 28 December 2011 at 2:00 p.m. local time. This protest, along with the several that are currently being arranged in Detroit, New York and Washington, DC, underscore decades of discriminatory policies against the Albanian minority in Montenegro, which specifically includes denied equal rights, access, and participation in every sphere of social, political, economic and cultural ways of life. The growing public resentment, distrust, and isolation towards the Montenegrin government has been recently exacerbated by the passage of a law that makes it a crime, punishable by imprisonment, to freely display flags, emblems and/or symbols of another nationality without first obtaining prior permission from the capital city, Podgorica. This blatant act of ethnic discrimination defies every international law, treaty, constitutional order and democratic principle conferred onto man. This is punctuated by the organizers of this demonstration who have declared that, “ethnic cleansing via non-violent means continues to be the preamble of Montenegro’s policy against Albanians.”
The general freedoms and natural rights of the autochthon Albanian population have been systematically violated by the broader programmes of Podgorica, which includes dividing and assimilating Albanians to the point where they no longer represent a majority and will ultimately have no chance to preserve their language, values, traditions, and history. Following decades of pleas and petitions for the protection of these standards, Montenegro continues to ignore such requests, hence threatening the very existence and development of a people, which is in direct violation of the Articles of the International Covenant on Civic and Political Rights, European Charter for Minority Rights and other supplementary international and European laws protecting minorities.
The Organizers in TUZ have announced that, “all citizens of Malësia, regardless of religion, territory, and/or political beliefs, to raise their voices in unison on December 28th.” In full solidarity with our families, the Diaspora encourage Albanians in Montenegro to stand firm and bring to the attention of the international community the injustices perpetuated against them by the state, particularly the lack of a legal framework protecting language, national symbol, local institutions, culture, and development. This protest will also bring forth previous demands that the Montenegrin Government fully comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, including the Charter of Local Self-Government by means of granting the region of Malësia a full and comprehensive municipality with all the legitimate and administrative authority of a decentralized self-government. A Malësia Municipality will not solve the overreaching problem facing Albanians in Montenegro today but local self-government is a minimum pre-condition in a European democracy. Albanians must forestall the process of assimilation and the planned expulsion from their homelands and justifiably demand a political arrangement that puts political power into their own hands, where Albanians are allowed to exercise self-rule without the interference from alien obstruction.
Albanians throughout Montenegro should be forewarned that their fate and the fate of future generations rests in their own hands, that no party, state, or individual is going to grant them any relief from the discriminating circumstances they live in, they have been corrupted by self-serving politicians that are now looking to further the agenda of the Slavs, which is to (1) secure power and crush any opposition, (2) infiltrate Albanian lands and create a heterogeneous population where no majority exists, and ultimately (3) launch policies and cultural projects that will discourage expression of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes Albanian institutions, organizations, and groups.
As 2011 comes to a close, it was the year of the “Protester,” and if such declarations for human rights can begin in the most unlikely of places with the “Arab Spring,” this protest must be the beginning of the thaw for the “Albanian Spring.” Let us stand united and reverberate our voices through the halls of parliaments! This is our time! This is our future!
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Posted by Conference Organizer at 6:42 PM
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The Malesias pain is echoing throghout the world. Malesia fhight for your owm rights!
Delni ne demostrata malsor
Notice on Malesia.org how they removed this video.
Beautiful statement. It gave me chills.
Merry Christmas Malësia
Po kush don me ba protest ne Malësi? Gjysa e tyne jan pro-Malazez ;
Ma mire gjusa se aspak.
Kjo gjysa tjeter ndoshta do ta kuptojne edhe ata!
I guess some local Albanian political parties are stepping up in support of this demonstration. It looks promising!
Elle gysa tjer zdin Pse dalin.
All that matters Wednesday is (1) the protest goes as planned, (2) people show up, (3) the message gets delivered, and (4) no one gets arrested.
Regardless of the number that show, Malesia desperately needs a protest of some kind to record in their modern history.
I will admit, Diaspora knows how to put shit together. Very professional and to the point press release. I read the Albanian translation too. Very nice.
Does Malsia even appreciate the support they have from American Albanians?
Bronx Boy, no they do not. Let me add this to your question: Does Malesia even realize the hours upon hours spent by Albania s in the Diaspora thinking, reading, writing and acting on their behalf? Again the answer is NO!
I hate to say this but some of those sons if bitches deserve what they have.
Zoti Alban- its not their fault, they don't know better. I mean think about it for one sec. Why is there even an argument out there about this protest? I mean really, this thing is to improve the life of all Albanians, not just a few. Why would any Albanian oppose a rally for their rights?
As far as I'm concerned, it makes no differencce who organizes this rally, the leaders are Malësia and Malësia only. No person, party or NGO needs to take the lead. The rally will give birth to leaders when the time is right.
What is distressing here in the Diaspora is the lack of knowledge Malesores in Malësia have for democratic process. They are ignorant to the point that they have no clue how to ask for their inherent rights. They actually think that protesting is a crime.
Per Zotin, pa Diasporë ska Malesi!
Atë ditë qe terhjeket Diaspora e ShBA, te dini se Malesia vdek!
Kan me vra jari tjetrin si bakti
Disa kan me sha Diasporen Gjithmom.
Se ashtu i intereson Malit te Zi dhe disa "palitikanve" tane qe i kane rrogat e mira dhe cdo ndryshim shkon ne dam te tyne.
albanians in montenegro do not get treated good only if they follow slavic customs and speak their language how can you say their treated well when now there not even allowed to carry the albanian flag for weddings or even by their house go there with an albanian shirt and see what happens its albanains like YOU that keep us seperated and divided from each other. rrnoft shqiperia e madhe
No one will help albanians in malesi until THEY get up and take a stand then albania and kosova will help. everything we got we had to fight to take it. in kosov, they protested and fought how many years until they opened an albanian school. the war in kosov was backed by albania and uck also started in albania. we as malsors have to stop talking about the heros we had in the past and start making some now before we dont have a future. actions speak louder than words and right now is the perfect time to strike while the kettle is hot
RRNOFT SHQIPERIA E MADHE pershendetje nga Lek Pjeter Vukdedaj
ndoshta liderët e rinj sot do të bahen Ferhata neser?
Kjo është pikërisht se si e kem mbështetur Ferhatin një dekadë më parë.
të presim e të shohim
Yes, we shall wait and see ...
Good morning Malesia. Good luck today!
një ditë e bukur për të protestuar
dielli mund të shkëlqejë në Malesi sot!
Zoti i bekoftë Malesien!
zot na rujt sonte
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