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Diyanet wins the church lottery from Mardin

After Mardin became a Metropolitan Municipality, its villages were officially turned into neighbourhoods and attached to the provincial administration. Following this legislative amendment the Governorate of Mardin established a liquidation committee. The Transfer, Liquidation and Redistribution Committee of the Mardin Governorate transferred numerous property of Syriacs such as churches, monasteries and cemeteries, to public institutions. The Mor Gabriel Monastery Foundation appealed to the decision yet the liquidation committee rejected their appeal. The property placed at the disposal of the Treasury was then transferred to the Presidency for Religious Affairs (Diyanet).

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2017-Jun-23 by David Vergili

ESU presents Annual Report on Syriac people to European Commission

Brussels- Delegation from European Syriac Union, ESU presented its annual report to the European authorities in the Commission regarding the situation of Syriac people in Turkey.

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2017-Jun-13 by David Vergili

Turkey Attacks Christian Town In Syria

Will the world be silent again?

We have been informed by our people in Syria that today (25 April) Turkish warplanes have been attacking the area around Derik. We heard that there are many casualties.
Turkey also attacked Shengal (Sinjar Mountain) in Iraq the home of the Yazidi.

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2017-Apr-25 by admin

End the new violence in Sinjar and empower the indigenous peoples

Unfortunately clashes broke out at March 2nd between the KDP Peshmerga and the Yazidi YBŞ forces in Sinjar. We as Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people suffered the same fate as the Yazidi’s due to ISIS and we urge therefore the US and EU as well as the Government of Iraq and the KRG political parties to step in and prevent further escalation. No attack against the Yazidi people should happen and these attacks need to stop immediately.

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2017-Mar-04 by Rima Tüzün

Appeal of Syriac-Assyrian christian co-leader of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria to the US, EU and global Christian community

Early January Mr. Sanharib Barsom, a Syriac-Assyrian Christian and Mrs. Fawza Yousuf, a Kurdish woman, have been elected to lead the executive body of the Democratic Self-Administration. The Federation now encompasses 25% of Syria (twice the size of Lebanon) and has several million citizens. This means that a Syriac-Assyrian Christian and a Kurdish woman effectively give leadership to an independent administration of several million people in the heart of the Middle East.

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2017-Jan-26 by Rima Tüzün

SUTORO – Syriac Christian Protection Forces sacrifice their life protecting the Patriarch of the Syriac–Orthodox Church

On Sunday June 19th, a suicide attack took place in the district of Quwetli in Qamishli – Syria, while the Patriarch of the Syriac-Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, was present for the commemoration of the 1915 genocide against the Syriac people. The Patriarch inaugurated a monument commemorating this genocide and lead afterwards a service in the Brotherhood of Mor Gabriel.

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2016-Jun-19 by admin

Syriac-Assyrian Christians in Syria warn: we will defend ourselves against a Turkish invasion

We, Syriac-Assyrian Christians in northern Syria, have since 2013 created a common Democratic Self-Administration together with our Kurdish and Arab neighbours. By now the Self-Administration is a home for millions. Syriac Christians, Arabs, Kurds, Yazidi’s Turkmen and others live and work together.

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2016-Feb-27 by admin

Syriac-Assyrian Christians in Syria warn NATO

No Turkish intervention in Syria against the Democratic Self-Administration
We ask for peace but we will defend ourselves against a Turkish attack

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2015-Jul-01 by Rima Tüzün

Call for recognition of 1915 genocide against Armenians, Syriac and Pontiac Greeks

We thank the European Parliament for its focus on the Genocide of 1915 under Ottoman Empire. Today you will discuss and vote regarding the recognition of the 1915 Genocide against the Armenian people. We ask you kindly to recognize the genocide of 1915 against Armenian as well as genocide of Syriac-Assyrian and Pontiac Greek people.

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2015-Apr-15 by Lahdo Hobel

Syriacs react to minister’s wording regarding Mor Gabriel Monastery

Syriac communities outside Turkey have reacted against recent remarks by EU Minister Egemen Bağış apparently denigrating the value of the Mor Gabriel Monastery. Bağış had said on June 21 that the historical monastery, an issue of contention between the government and Syriacs, was worth "even less" than the EU Affairs building in central Istanbul.

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2013-Jul-01 by admin