Archbishop Jovan (John) VI

Stop the terror, persecution
and discrimination on religious grounds
conducted by the Government of FYROMacedonia!


Filed under: General — September 15, 2005 @ 10:07 pm

The head of European diplomacy Javier Solana informed the Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference yesterday that the trial of Bishop Jovan is contrary to the principles of the European Union.

“The case of Bishop Jovan of Ochrid and Exarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Macedonia, who has been imprisoned for allegedly inciting religious and national intolerance can be seriously disputed, and thus endanger the ascension of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the European Union,” said the head of European diplomacy Javier Solana in a letter to the chair of the Commission of the European Union Bishops’ Conference, Roman Catholic Bishop Josef Homeier.

Freedom of religious expression and freedom of religious choice are principles on which the foundation of the European Union rests and we will ask the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to firmly respect this principles if it wishes its request for joining the European Union to be positively assessed.

In the case of the persecution of Bishop Jovan because of his religious choice, this principle has not been respected. At the end of last month Bishop Homeier sent a sharp letter to Javier Solana expressing his concern because of the behavior of the Macedonian authorities toward Bishop Jovan and his horror by his trial before the court in Bitola. Bishop Homeier warned that the entire incident is in direct contravention of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of every person, and that Bishop Jovan should be released from prison immediately.

In his response yesterday to this warning, Javier Solana, the head of European diplomacy, informed Bishop Homeier that he has seriously discussed the entire case with Macedonian authorities, and that he expects the case to be retried before the Supreme Court of the Former Republic of Macedonia.

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