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National Political Association "Çamëria"

Note: this page is about the association in Albania, for the Cham Albanian association in the US, see Chameria Human Rights Association


The National Political Association "Çamëria" (in Albanian: Shoqëria Politike Atdhetare "Çamëria"), a pressure group advocating the return of the Chams to Greece, receipt of compensation and greater freedom for the Orthodox Chams in Greece, was founded on 10 January 1991.[1]

This association holds a number of activities every year, with the help of the Party for Justice and Integration, as well as other organizations. Every year, in 27 June, is organized in Konispol the Cham March, remembering the expulsions of Cham Albanians.[2]

History

In March 1991, the first national conference of the Chameria Political Association (CPA) was held in Tirana with many of its activists drawn from the Albanian community who had been expelled from Greece after the war. The CPA intended to bring to international attention the neglected linguistic, cultural, and educational rights of Orthodox Cham Albanians who have been subjected to a Greek policy of assimilation. The group has also launched campaigns on behalf of Cham exiles in Albania. It has encouraged the expansion of contacts with compatriots in Greece, the return of exiles to their family areas, and the payment of compensation for property and land that was illegally taken from them during their expulsion.

Activities

Since 1991, Albanian activists across the political spectrum have become more outspoken on the Chameria issue vis-à-vis Greece. Historic grievances over Greek repression of Orthodox and Muslim Albanians earlier this century have been aired, and Athens has been criticized for its ongoing assimilationist pressures against Orthodox Albanians who still reside in the Chameria, Epirus region. Although the Greek authorities have denied that any Cham problem exists, Cham representatives have continued to urge the Albanian government to take up the issue with Athens at the highest bilateral levels.[3]

Controversy

One particularly disingenuous endeavour by the organization leaders has been to create historical links in the public mind by presenting the ancient King Pyrrhus of Epirus (4th-3rd century BC) as an Albanian hero, thus revealing the extreme and irredentist aims of the association.[4]

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