The Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes (Ypato Symboulio Ellinon Ethnikon – YSEE) has the legal entity of a Non Profit Organization (NPO) and was founded in June of 1997 aiming to the morale and physical protection and restoration of the Polytheistic, Ethnic Hellenic religion, tradition and way of life in the «modern» Greek Society from which is oppressed due to its institutalised intolerance and theocracy.
The foundation of the YSEE was the result of long processes and contacts starting from 1993 between the longest standing Ethnic Hellenic organizations in Hellas (Greece), like Diipetes of Athens, Taleta of Sparta and Ethnikoi Hellenes of Thessaly, during 1995-96 a temporary coalition between these organizations was established knew as the Omovoulio (Commonwealth) of Ethnikoi Hellenes after a pan-Hellenic gathering in south Olympus in 9 September of 1995.
After 14 years of activity in the (modern) Greek reality with more than 230 interventions (letters and press releases) and many protests for the protection of the Hellenic tradition, human rights and religious tolerance, 300 seminars, tactical celebration of the ancient festivals, public rituals and educational events the Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes is the front line, in Hellas, in the movement for the protection of the Ancient Hellenic Heritage and the return to the ancient ways, being always open to corporation with any «healthy» and democratic group/organization, with common aims, and willing to help and encourage such groups by any means possible.
YSEE is an organization umbrella, which in good will and mutual respect aims to the empowerment of the movement of Ethnikoi Hellenes in Hellas, with technical, legal and even economical help when possible to the heathy organizations and individual teams and encouraging to the creation of new in every part of Hellas and the world, were Ethnikoi Hellenes exist.
Our organization is one of the founders of the World Congress of Ethnic Religions (WCER), and up till today, it has two active chapters in Australia (since 1999) and USA (since 2007). In June 2004 YSEE was honored with the responsibility to host the 7th World Congress of Ethnic Religions, covering all costs from member contributions and its reserves.
YSEE fights without the support of any «shadowy centers and interests» basing its power only to its volunteers which support it with an annual economic contribution of 60 Euros, supporting in these way a reserve fund for legal fights, publishing of written material, protests, the future building of public Altars, Temples and a Library dedicated to the Polytheistic scholarship.
First Press Release from the Supreme Council
of Ethnikoi Hellenes ( 17 July 1997)
For years, we the Ethnikoi Hellenes, i.e. contemporary Greeks who still respect and honour the rites and beliefs of our ancestors, the Hellenes, remained stoically patient when faced with the systematic (and not at all coincidental), negligence and degradation of our monumental and living ethnic heritage by a «Greek» State, which is obviously enslaved by an economico-religious giant whose cultural and logical interests promote the open scorn for our real (i.e. pre-Christian) ethnic Tradition.
Lately however, probably as a counter-effect of a few small attempts to have our word made public and spread inside modern Greek society, we realised we could not afford the luxury to remain silent in front of this open but «quiet» war against real (pre-Christian) Hellenism.
This was due to the fact that our adversary seems, for the first time since the Middle Ages, to resort to intolerant and aggressive acts, which cannot be openly committed in a supposedly democratic society.
We have experienced threats against the life of individuals who act and speak in public as members of the Ethnic Hellenic community. We have had one of our bookshops burned down. We also had waterfalls of slanders against our Tradition from Church-preachers and from the Church-controlled mass media. We have also (and this is the most outrageous!) seen destruction of pre-Christian monuments and remains of Temples.
Under this new and terrifying reality that we all see being formed against real Hellenism, and as none of the State Officials supposedly responsible for its protection seem sensitive enough, personalities from the community of the Ethnikoi Hellenes have decided to found the Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes, which shall aim at the protection and restoration of the real (pre-Christian) Hellenic Tradition. We shall work by all legal means necessary towards awakening the Greek people and securing respect, survival, natural and moral protection, restoration and honour of our monuments, symbols, ideas and living forms of ancient Hellenic Tradition in the forms of cosmoperception, philosophical thought, political perception, ethnic religion, arts, morals and customs, language, mythology, symbols etc.
The present announcement / press release is our first one sent to the mass media and other responsible and interested parts. We hope that it, plus all the others that follow, will be fairly treated and published as is required by the principle of free speech for all citizens.
Honour and Glory to our Ancestral Gods
We the Ethnikoi Hellenes fight for:
The right to live and exist as Ethnikoi Hellenes
- The right to live and exist as Ethnikoi Hellenes according to our ancestral way of life, the right which in modern Greek society exist and guaranteed only for those of Monotheistic faiths (as Christians, Jews and Muslims).
- The right to our ancestral name giving process, the right to a pure Classical education without the current religious brain wash which is done in Greek schools for the Christian Orthodox Church (even the ministry of Education is responsible for religious matters).
- The right of legal protection of our ancestral Religion and Tradition, in all its diversity and magnificence.
- The right of legal recognized rituals of name giving, marriage and funeral instead of the current situation which only the Monotheistic are recognized.
- Finally the right of dignity in death, thus we demand the legalization of euthanasia without any condition, and the right for incineration of ones dead body, which is part of the Hellenic tradition and it’s now forbidden in Hellas by demand of the Christian Orthodox Church in violation of our human rights.
The immediately protection of our historical and caltural heritage!
- We call for guaranteed protection of our Museums, archaeological sites and Ancient Holy Sites from the unwilling or incapable Greek State. If our demand is not satisfied we will go to the internationals courts with the Greek state in order to take up the right we as Ethnikoi Hellenes to protect our ancestral and holy artifacts and sites, by a new institution of volunteers guards which will respect our Cultural Heritage and will be founded by the money which are collected from the state, using our Holy Sites as tourist attractions.
- We also want the initiation and conclusion of the archaeological diggings of all located sites in Greece, in order the true history of the Hellenic Civilisation to be made known.
- We aim to the elevation of Cultural standards in the modern Greek Society in every way, we demand from he Greek state the decoration of our cities, public buildings and important historical sites with classical statues, monuments and other pieces of art, in order this land which once was the birthplace of civilisation, to be worthy of its historical heritage.
The restoration and pre-operation of our ancient Holy sites
We plea from the Greek State that all archaeological sites which contain Altars, Temples or any other religious significance in context with our Ethnic Hellenic Religion, to be proclaimed as Holy Sites of Hellenismos (the nation of Ethnikoi Hellenes) and to be restored (as much as this is possible), all archaeological artefacts that have been removed and taken to foreign Museums to be return or exact copycats to be made from those museums in order to be placed were there belong.
Forms of struggle:
In order for YSEE to achieve its objectives it is willing to be involved to the following non-violent forms of struggle:
- Continues press releases, protest letters to political parties and every responsible institution when are by any way the Greek antiquities, our ancestral symbols, or our way of life is offended due to cultural or religious intolerance or any other reason.
- Collection of signatures for the defense of our way of life, and often legal fights in Greek and International human rights institutions and courts, for these reason a «Bank» of signatures will be created, for immediately reaction to such matters.
- Legal fights against any act of sacrilege against our Sacred and ancestral Sites, Symbols etc
- Collection of founds for the creation of a TV and Radio station, in order the Ethnikoi Hellenes to obtain freedom of public speech.
- Struggle for information of all people (without discriminations, religious, racial or ethnical) about the Hellenic polytheistic tradition, myths, legends, symbolisms, theology, culture and way of life.
- Encouragement and networking between the Ethnikoi Hellenes in Hellas and in every country in the world and people/organizations of all ethnic polytheistic Traditions aiming to mutual respect between the different polytheistic traditions and cultural tolerance.
- Satisfying economical and other prerequirements for the creation of Temples and self regulating Communities of Ethnikoi Hellenes.
Nine reasons for which YSEE exist, and ask your support:
- Clear definition of characteristics that define our community as modern Ethnikoi Hellenes.
- Representation of our community as Ethnikoi Hellenes to the state and to any one that may concede or not.
- Guarding our community from provokers and anyone that may wish to diverge our ideas.
- Obtaining our own worshiping sites and covering the needs of our community.
- Defending our social, political and religious rights in a collective level as a community or individuals in the Greek Society were intolerance (religious, ideological, racial and sexual) is institutalised.
- Promoting the Culture, education, Science, Art and Cultural tolerance according our beliefs as Ethnikoi Hellenes wich will reverse the «Dark Age» state in the uneducated, intolerant and prejudice Greek society.
- Active organization and lobbying of our community in order to establish a strong pressure group.
- Eficient protection of our Ethnic and Cultural Heritage and Tradition, from the mistreatment, of a uninterested Greek State, if not a hostile one.
- To honor according to our ancestral ways our Ethnic Gods and our ancestors.
The restoration of our ancient tradition and culture demands the dedication of all Ethnikoi Hellenes, we dare to struggle and we dare to win, we don’t negotiate our right to exist.
The Supreme Council of Ethnikoi Hellenes (YSEE) is a member of the Greek National Group of Europe’s Action Programme to combat Discrimination. Source (last checked: 08/04/«2010»)
About the campaign
As part of its Action Programme to combat Discrimination, the European Commission is running a five-year pan-European information campaign on combating discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, age, disability and sexual orientation. With the slogan «For Diversity. Against Discrimination», the first year of the campaign will focus primarily on promoting diversity in the workplace. The campaign, which is being developed in close co-operation with EU governments, trade unions, employers‘ organisations and NGOs, was launched on 16th June 2003.
The campaign aims to communicate a positive message on diversity through a wide range of channels, such as TV or print adverts, website, seminars and media events. Brochures, flyers and posters will provide information about new EU rules against discrimination in the various Member States.
Governments in all EU countries are taking steps to comply with the directives on equality. This is as true in countries where legislation outlawing discrimination was already fairly extensive before the directives were agreed as in those where it was more limited. Even in countries where arrangements for combating discrimination were well established, these did not meet the requirements of the directives in every respect and needed some modification. This was particularly so as regards the directive on equality in employment which outlaws discrimination on grounds of religion, age, disability and sexual orientation. While laws had been introduced in several countries to protect people with disabilities and particular religious beliefs, this was much less the case as regards age and sexual orientation. The steps taken so far vary a lot between countries. Differences in the legislation already in place and in the arrangements which exist for protecting and assisting the victims of discrimination mean the responses to the directives also differ.
New Rights and Obligations under European Anti-Discrimination Legislation
The Racial Equality Directive 2000/43/EC
The Employment Equality Directive 2000/78/EC
«The Union is founded on the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.principles which are common to the Member States.»
Article 6(1) Treaty on European Union.
The European Community has long been active in the fight against discrimination. Indeed, at the time of its creation one of its most pressing missions was to reconcile a continent divided by nationalistic and ethnic conflicts. For many years the focus was on preventing discrimination on the grounds of nationality and sex discrimination. 1997 was a major turning point when the Member States agreed to some far reaching changes to the Treaty. Following the entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty, the Community was given new powers to combat discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation, and the power to combat sex discrimination was widened. In the year 2000, the Council unanimously adopted two Directives and the Community Action Programme.
Why national working groups?
Europe is a diverse place with specific problems that require individual answers. In each country very different concerns are part of the public space and a different level of awareness about discrimination issues influence the needs of the campaign. Certain grounds are more present in the public awareness than others. Also the level of the transposition process of the EU directives differs from country to country. In order to discuss efficient ways to evaluate the situation in each country and develop concrete activities the national working groups as national experts were asked to examine and comment on the national situation. In such way the information campaign ensures that specific needs are taken seriously and measures are adequately implemented. Additionally it allows stakeholders to have a positive impact on the campaign so that they can identify with the concept and support implementation.
– more information can be found here: Stop discrimination