Friday, June 12, 2009
The Albanian-American Association “Malёsia e Madhe” Congratulates the newly elected Officers of Homeland Unites Us, Inc.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN USA, June 13, 2009 – The Albanian-American Association “Malёsia e Madhe” congratulates the newly elected officers of “Atdheu na Bashkon” and encourages them to continue their tireless efforts in securing the inherent rights of Albanians in Montenegro.
Given that ethnic bigotry continues to be status quo in sociopolitical programmes affecting communities dominated by Albanian minorities, our organizations will have to collectively pursue strategies designed to underscore these blatant abuses and firmly stand in the path of these calculated ethno-assaults and push back with the tools granted to us by international laws and institutions.
Albanians in Montenegro have grown to realize that when you belong to a minority, you have to be better and work harder in order to have the right to be equal, but when only one ethnic community continues to be favoured regardless of their efforts, it should come to no surprise that discontent emerges, communities become segregated along ethnic lines, and the interests of everyone in the state are harmed.
Our goals run parallel: to permanently erase these disparities between the majority and minority, and do away with these cleavages, that if not corrected in the short term will have grave consequences in the long run. If Podgorica’s political elites want to reap the benefits of democratic recognition as they thoughtlessly rush for European integration, they must first bear the fatigue of establishing and supporting an internal apparatus that will guarantee Albanians the most basic human rights called out by their inactive constitution and made as a prerequisite by international laws. If they fail to fulfill these responsibilities, then we will assert our responsibilities and make certain that Podgorica’s shortcomings do not go unnoticed by international monitoring bodies and European member states and institutions.
We welcome Levizja’s new administration and look forward to collectively working to appease these aforementioned problems.
Posted by Conference Organizer at 4:33 PM