Assyrian MP From Iran Delivers Opening Speech At Conference in Berlin

Yonathan Betkolia (R), the Assyrian representative in Iran's parliament and general secretary of the Assyrian Universal Alliance. ( Abdulmesih BarAbraham/AINA)

AINA - 6/1/18 AINA (Berlin) -- Yonathan Betkolia, the Assyrian representative in Iran's parliament and general secretary of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, delivered the opening speech on Wednesday at the academic conference at the Free University of Berlin. The four day conference, titled Surviving in the Shade: History, Language and Culture of Syriac-speaking Christianity, was organized by the Institute ...

US State Department 2017 Report on Religious Freedom

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AINA - 1/6/18 (AINA) -- The US State Department published its annual International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 on Tuesday. The following are excerpts from the report concerning Assyrians in Turkey, Iran, Syria and Iraq. Iraq Christian leaders estimate there are fewer than 250,000 Christians remaining in the country, with the largest population -- at least 200,000 -- living in the ...