Since 2014 our Syriac-Assyrian people in Syria and Iraq have suffered greatly under ISIS. Today we can see that ISIS is almost defeated after intense cooperation between SDF and International Coalition. Now however we urge European countries to step in as US forces withdraw from North-East Syria. The Christian communities there fear total destruction by the hands of Turkey, Iran and even ISIS as that is not fully defeated yet. We call on European
countries to join the UK and France in finalising the fight against ISIS and keeping North-East Syria stable. We and many experts believe that ISIS otherwise will return in strength.
With the establishment of the Democratic Self-Administration (DSA) in North Syria, which was founded by the common will of Arabs, Syriacs and Kurds in 2012, a cornerstone has been laid for a new way of education with a new curriculum. The new curriculum ensures a democratic, pluralistic and multi-religious definition of the inhabitants of the region and approaches equal rights for the Arabic, Syriac and Kurdish languages.
The attacks on Afrin made international headlines. We have invited Metin Rhawi - Head of foreign affairs to an interview regarding Afrin.
On January 20, Turkish military forces started to attack Kurdish city of Afrin in Syria following several statements from the state authorities. During the attack and aggression, several media sources and accounts confirmed injured and dead civilians due to the heavy attacks of Turkish forces.
Auch nach der Vertreibung des selbsternannten Islamischen Staates aus den Städten Mosul und dem 63 Kilometer westlich gelegenen Tal’Afar bleibt die Situation der Christen im Nordirak angespannt.
Interview with Metin Rhawi:
"Nineveh is not a 'disputed area', it is our home"
An Interview with Metin Rhawi, Head of Foreign Affairs of European Syriac Union, regarding its retrospective view to the Brussels conference and the current situation of the Nineveh Plain
The Future of the Nineveh Plain: A Proposal from Chaldean/Syriac/Assyrian Political Parties.
Out coming position paper from the Brussels conference from 28th - 30th June 2017
Christian fighters in the multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian Syrian Democratic Forces reported rescuing several Christians from Raqqa, the Syrian city that ISIS claimed as its capital three and a half years ago.
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).