PANEPIROTIC FEDERATION OF AMERICA
THE GREEK ETHNIC MINORITY IN ALBANIA
This article was drafted by Dr. Theofanis Malkidis, of theDemocritus University of Thrace, on behalf of the PanepiroticFederation of America.
This book constitutes a general overview of the Northern Epirusissue, of the issue of the Greek ethnic minority that lives in Albania,and aims at the introduction of these issues both in the Greek andmainly in the international environment.The book is viewed as a contribution of the Panepirotic Federationof America in the support of the rights of the Greek minority thatlives in Albania, and, along with all other initiatives by allrepresentatives of Greece, aims at giving this issue its rightful position.It includes a historical overview of the Greeks who live in Albania, anative ethnic group, which having faced old challenges(establishment of the Albanian state, days of the com-munist regimeof Emver Hoxha) as well as new ones (transitional period), is tryingto secure its rights and promote them on the international scene,when those rights are not implemented and when they are violated.Several big issues remain unresolved and intensify over time. Theseinclude the education of the members of the Greek minority, itsreligious freedom, the return of private, community and church properties to their rightful owners, the non implementation by theAlbanian side of their obligations and commitments for human andminority rights, and the systematic use of terrorizing methodsagainst the Greek minority. Indeed, as a result of a nationalisticatmosphere that has been developing in Albania, a series of actions