On this day of August 7, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people around the world remember darkest days in their long history of genocide, persecution and harassment. While we honor martyrs of Simele massacre which perpetrated by Iraqi forces of the time in the town of Simele in 1933 which left five thousand of innocent souls, we also recall the recent genocide and exodus caused by ISIS in the year of 2014 by the occupation of large parts of Iraq including Nineveh Plains towns and villages.
The Syriac Strategic Research Center (SSRC) successfully concluded its conference on the Treaty of Lausanne, delving into its significance and impact on the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.
Under the banner " The Syriac People and the Lausanne Treaty: Preserving a People and Guarantee Rights in a Changing World ", the conference took place in Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria, on Sunday August 6th 2023.
Interview with the Dutch newspaper deKanttekening
Syriacs, a Christian minority in Turkey, are a disadvantaged group in that country. Rights that are formally there for minorities do not apply to them. A major cause is the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, argues Mesut be Malke. The German Syriac is active for the European Syriac Union. That treaty must go, he believes.
Yesterday on June 20, once again Turkey attacked north east Syria and killing three personalities and wounded one in a drone attack near Syria-Turkey border in Qabre Hewore, Qamishli region. As a result of the drone attack, Yusra Derwêş, co-leader of Kamishlo Canton, her deputy Lîman Şiwêş, and Chaldean Christian driver Firat Tuma lost their lives. The other co-leader of Qamishlo Canton, Gabi Shamoun from Syriac community, sustained injuries in the attack.
There is exactly 108 unforgettable years since the world and Syriac (Chaldean-Assyrian-Aramaic) people witnessed one of the most tragic events in the history of the humanity. Starting prior to the World War I and executed during the war, Ottoman-Turkish authorities planned and organized systematic destruction of ancient Christian communities of Mesopotamia and Anatolia notably Syriac people, Armenians and Greek Pontics.
Dossier on the situation of the Syriac people on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the treaty of Lausanne
On 24 July 2023, it will have been a century since the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne, an international document that led to the denial of recognition of the Syriac-Assyrian-Chaldean-Aramaic people. It is of vital importance that the states and international powers concerned reconsider the future of the Syriac people and correct the mistakes made in the course of history to ensure the preservation of their identity and existence. The rights of non-Muslim minorities defined in the third paragraph of the Treaty of Lausanne, in Articles 37 to 45, have in no way been applied to the Syriac people.
On May 15th 2004 in the European capital Brussels, European Syriac Union, ESU laid down its foundation with the presence of political, social, cultural figures and long standing friends of Syriac people and activists from Europe as anew platform for a Syriac people in a Europe for the recognition of the rights and a bridge between homeland and diaspora.
Today, we are here gathered to remember and honour innocent souls and martyrs of Armenian genocide women, children and men killed for their identity. First, I would like to pay tribute to the martyrs of 1915, and we will always remember their sacrifice and devotion to avoid such inhuman acts and crimes against humanity and genocide. We must continue our combat of recognition and justice towards history to offer bright, democratic, and free future for our children and coming generations.