Iraq's Federal Court ruling to abolish the minority quota seats from the Kurdistan Region parliament is "oppressive," an Assyrian leader told Rudaw on Friday, adding that there was a political motivation behind the decision. "There was a political hand behind the Federal Court ruling.
Political parties representing the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian component in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) denounced the Federal Court's decision to annul the quota seats and minority representation in the Regional parliament as unconstitutional and politically motivated.
Co-chairpersons of the pro-Kurdish Kurdish Peoples' Equality and Democracy Party (DEM Party) have in letter called on the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, to send a delegation to Turkey to investigate violations of the linguistic rights of religious and ethnic groups other than Turks, the party has announced.
SYDNEY and CANBERRA, Australia -- The New South Wales (NSW) Legislative Council debated and unanimously passed a motion calling on Australia's largest state's government to expand Holocaust education to include the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides and establish a museum to create further awareness, the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU) reported.
By Philip Chrysopoulos
The first mention of Assyria by ancient Greeks was in the middle of the 7th century BC, although they were not familiar with the exact geographical designation of the country. What ancient Greeks believed was Assyria was a vague geographical area that included the Levant, parts of Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia. Consequently, they knew little of its history, people, or culture.
By Fred Aprim
Some argue that despite the fact that Assyrians are the indigenous people of northern Mesopotamia (northern Iraq, northeast Syria and southeast Turkey) their population is very small, thus that indigenous status is insignificant. This is one main reason why, again they argue, the world powers chose not to help Assyrians rather the Kurds.
Canberra -- The organisational wing of the Liberal Party of Australia has officially adopted a party policy that, among other things, condemns the genocide of the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks and calls for the Commonwealth Government to officially recognise the genocides, reported the Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC-AU).
The Italian Ambassador to Iraq Maurizio Greganti inaugurated the plaque at the Basra Museum in memory of Italy's donation to the Government and the Iraqi people of the reproduction of the "Bull of Nimrud", a jewel of Assyrian art destroyed by the iconoclastic fury of the Isis-Daesh in 2015.
By Duvar English
İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has demanded murder suspect Delil Aysal get an aggravated life sentence for killing a taxi driver, according to reporting from state-run Anadolu Agency. The incident, which sparked an outrage in Turkey, happened early on Jan. 31. Taxi driver Oğuz Erge picked up 19-year-old Delil Aysal, who was wearing a hoodie and mask, in İzmir's Buca district at around 03.
By Marion Fontenille
"It's time to come back." This is the slogan of the NGO "The Return." A blue and white logo represents the paths of the Tigris and Euphrates in Iraq, with the borders intentionally erased "to send a message of unity, without distinction between various communities, including Christians," explains Dilan. A Chaldean of Franco-Iraqi origin, Dilan is the founder of the project.
By Matthew S. Bajko
The call Bentrish Satarzadeh had been waiting five years to receive came last Tuesday when she heard from Governor Gavin Newsom's office that he was appointing her to a vacancy on the Alameda County Superior Court. In doing so, Newsom is believed to have doubled the number of Assyrians serving on the California state bench.
By Jonah McKeown
Terrorists stormed a Catholic church during Mass on Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, killing one person by shooting him in the head. The so-called Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack, which according to the local bishop took place during the consecration.