30.05.2019

The European Commission began to regularly, on an annual term, report on the situation with the disrespect of the religious freedoms by our state apparatus, since 2005, when the more fierce state persecution on religious basis was initiated, targeting Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, the Bishops, clergy, monastics and the citizens – members of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.

Before the gates for granting a term for negotiations with the European Union are open, it is expected that our country will finally take seriously this year's Report, in which the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against the Government of North Macedonia, in favor of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric is noted. The Report states:

"The Court's rejection of the country's complaint on the Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese (Greek-Orthodox Ohrid Archdiocese of the Peć Patriarchy) judgment with respect to freedom of association seen in the light of freedom of religion means it now has to be implemented. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe examined the same case in March 2019 and it welcomed the decision to reopen the registration proceedings and to ensure redress for the applicants in compliance with the Convention."

We inform the public that after more than a year since the verdict in Strasbourg has been reached, in regards to the registration of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric in the court register, the decision from Strasbourg is not implemented and the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric is not only not registered, but is facing serious obstructions of the registration by the Government of North Macedonia and the Court of First Instance in Skopje.