Since the year of 2015, with the proposal of Syriac Orthodox Patriarch HH Aphrem II Karim with the large consultations of various parties, organisations and institutions, Syriac people commemorate Sayfo Remembrance Day on 15 June. European Syriac Union, ESU welcomed initiative and accordingly activities are underway in this period of the year.
Following the beginning of World War I during the year of 1914, Ottoman-Turkish of the period beneficiated from the absence of international order and from the ongoing chaos, carried out its long planned annihilation of Armenian people in the border of the empire with other Christian groups as Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrians and Pontic Greeks. As the first genocide of the century, 1,500,000 Armenian civilians including women, children had been killed, hundred of thousands lost their lives during the death marches and women and children had been forcibly islamised.
On February 22, with the initiative of Christian Union political party, Dutch Parliament recognized genocide of 1915 against Armenians, Syriacs and Greek Pontics with majority.
As reported this week in several media outlets in Turkey, a planned new bill will be presented to the Turkish Parliament which also includes the issue of 50 Syriac Christian properties that had been seized by the state in the south-east region of Turkey, namely in Turabdin.
We are in our last days of the year 2015 and in blessing days of Christmas as a sign of hope and new life. The year of 2017 had been rich, unprecedented and important for our Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people and for all humanity. After years of exodus, migration and refuge, historical homeland of Nineveh Plains had been liberated and thus opening new chapter to our people to return to their homes. This is, actually, another phase of important process to undertake and assist our people.
During the next year of 2018, ESU will continues to work for the well being and future of Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people. Across European countries and institutions, we will work as much as possible to demands the rights for our people. We extend our gratitude for all members, friends, and institutions and organisations which stand and support Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people. In this regard, we wish you a merry Christmas and a new year of blessings, happiness and success.
On Thursday 14, first in Barcelona later on in Finland and Russia, Islamic State, IS terrorist group once again targeted innocent civilians in a barbaric manner killing young, children and injuring more than one hundred of people.
August 7 marks commemoration of Simele martyrs among Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people which reminds one of the bloodiest massacres against indigenous people of Iraq and Middle East.
As reported firstly by weekly Agos newspaper on June, 22, Syriac churches, cemeteries and other properties had been seized by the Turkish state Treasury and some of them transferred to the Religious Affairs Directorate, Diyanet.
Today, June 15, marks International Day of 1915 Sayfo genocide and remembrance of Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people massacred and killed under the Ottoman-Turkish rule of Young Turks between the years of 1914-1918.
The Syrian regime continued a week ago its repeated aggression and attacks against the people of Al-Hassakah. The escalation of the violence committed by the regime demonstrated that it refuses to abide previously agreed ceasefires.