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Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights Issues Report on Christian Persecution in Syria

June 23, 2018 Featured
The St. Odisho Assyrian Church in Tel Tal, Syria, was bombed by ISIS.

AINA – 23/6/18 (AINA) — The Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights has released a report titled The Good Shepherd – A Report on Brutality Against Christian Clerics in Syria. The report documents the suffering of Christians in Syria, who over the course of seven years have been the innocent victims of a conflict that became a proxy war […]

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Swedish Foreign Minister Addresses Assyrian Community on Genocide Recognition

June 14, 2018 Featured
Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström being interviewed by Assyria-TV. ( AINA)

AINA – 14/6/18 Stockholm (AINA) — Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallström has confirmed the current government of Sweden will not make recognition of the Assyrian genocide part of foreign policy. She made the announcement on Tuesday during a special visit to the Assyrian community in the town of Södertälje where Assyrians make up more than one […]

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Cologne Orders Armenian Genocide Memorial Removed

April 18, 2018 Featured
( Haypress)

AINA – Bar Daisan – 18/4/18 Cologne, Germany (AINA) — A memorial dedicated to the 1915 genocide of the Armenians stands in a prominent place in the city of Cologne. According to Armenian portal Haypress, it is nationwide the first memorial in a public space to acknowledge the genocide, which was carried out with German participation. Related: The […]

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The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

January 14, 2018 Featured
Attorney Robert DeKelaita speaking at a rally.

AINA – 14/1/18 On January 2, 2018, Judge Goldsmith from the federal court in Michigan ordered the release of Assyrian (also known as Chaldean or Syriac) Christian detainees who had been held for deportation. In his decision, the judge cited that the country conditions in Iraq precluded the possibility of returning the refugees to their […]

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Assyrian Umbrella Organization Granted NGO Status in EU

December 31, 2017 Featured
Ms Attiya Gamri, a former member of a Dutch provincial parliament, is the current president of the Assyrian Confederation of Europe.

AINA – 31/12/17 Brussels (AINA) — The Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE) has been granted official status as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) by the Belgian Ministry of Justice. The status was granted after a six month review by officials in Brussels, home to numerous NGOs. ACE will headquartered in Brussels. Related: Assyrian Confederation of Europe Elects President Related: Assyrian […]

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Unrecognized Genocides Conference Held At Adelphi University

November 15, 2017 Featured
Julian McBride, CEO of the Row Initiative, speaking at the Unrecognized Genocides conference at Adelphi University. ( Julian McBride)

AINA – 15/11/17 Garden City, New York (AINA) — A conference on the recognition of genocide was held at Adelphi University on Thursday. The Conference, titled Genocides Unrecognized, addressed the issue of the recognition and denial of the various genocides in history, including the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek genocides by Ottoman Turks in World War One, […]

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Turkey Says it Cancelled Decision to Seize Assyrian Churches and Monasteries

July 8, 2017 Featured
The Assyrian St. Gabriel Monastery in Mardin, Turkey, established in 397 A.D.

AINA – July 2017 (AINA) — The Doğan News Agency reported yesterday that Turkey has cancelled its decision to transfer the ownership of 50 Assyrian churches and monasteries to the diyanet, the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs. The Mardin governor’s office said the issue must be legally resolved, and until it is the properties in question […]

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Assyrian Football Teams in Sweden Tell of a Changing Community

July 8, 2017 News
Assyriska FF in Södertälje, Sweden was founded in 1974 by Assyrian refugees from the Middle East. ( Assyriska)

AINA – 8/7/17 Stockholm (AINA) — The Assyrian community in Sweden is perhaps best known for the football team Assyriska FF, established in the town of Södertälje the year 1974, which became the first immigrant club to climb to the top of the Swedish football league.Few people outside Sweden know that several other Assyrian football […]

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Assyrian, Armenian, Greek Genocide Commemoration Held in Glendale, California

April 25, 2017 News

AINA – April 2017 (AINA) — The city of Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, hosted commemoration events on the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks in World War One. Glendale is home to a large Armenian population as well as a population of Assyrians. The events included lectures, poetry readings, performances and […]

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Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Speaks on the Future of Christians in the Middle East

March 14, 2017 Featured

AINA – Bar Daisan – 14/3/17 Munich (AINA) — The future of Christians in the Middle East was the subject of a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference, held on 17-19 of February. Organized by the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, the panel was titled “What future do Christians have in the Middle East?” and focused on […]

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Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East

January 13, 2017 Featured News

ANIA – 13/1/17 (AINA) — Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, has published a book titled After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East. The book explores the state and future of the Christians of the Middle East. Dr. Kendal authors the weekly Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, serves […]

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The Winds of Change Are Blowing in Europe

December 21, 2016 Featured News

AINA – 21/12/16 (AINA) — If 2015 in Europe was most memorable for the hundreds of thousands of refugees who traipsed across the continent, 2016 will be marked by the dramatic increase in terrorist attacks at different European locations.Sadly, these two developments are not unconnected. Most of the refugees who arrived in Europe last year […]

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First Assyrian Elected to Local Government in Victoria, Australia

November 28, 2016 News
Joseph Haweil

AINA – 28/11/16 (AINA) — Joseph Haweil, a prominent member of the Assyrian-Australian community, has become the first Australian of Assyrian ancestry to be elected to public office in the State of Victoria. Mr Haweil successfully ran for a seat on Hume City Council, one of Australia’s fastest-growing and most culturally-diverse communities, which is home […]

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In Continuing Purge, Turkey Removes Only Assyrian Mayor

November 18, 2016 Featured News

AINA – 18/11/16 Mardin, Turkey (AINA) — Turkey removed the two co-mayors of Mardin today and replaced them with a so-called qayyum(guardian). The co-mayors, Februniye Akyol and Ahmet Turk, were elected co-mayors of Mardin on March 30, 2014. Februniye Akyol was the first Assyrian female mayor in Turkey and ran as a member of a […]

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Assyrians Signal Their Intention to Return to Their Homes in Mosul

November 5, 2016 Featured News

Aid to the Church in Need – 5/11/16 The capture of the city in Northern Iraq by Daesh (IS) in June 2014, led to thousands fleeing for their lives, to the extent that just three months later, there were no Christians left in Mosul. The occupation of city by Daesh (IS) left damaged and destroyed homes, […]

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Assyrian Delegation Meets Australian FM

October 22, 2016 News
Julie Bishop (C), the Australian minister for Foreign Affairs, meets an Assyrian delegation.

Assyrian Universal Alliance – 21/10/16 On Thursday, 20 October 2016, a delegation led by Mr. Hermiz Shahen, Deputy Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA), Mr David M. David , President of the Assyrian Australian National Federation, Mrs. Suzy David , AUA senior advisor and former Deputy Secretary General, together with Mrs. Karen Bos , […]

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ISIS Destroy Assyrian Church in Iraq

October 10, 2016 Featured News
St. Barbara Assyrian church in Karemlis, Iraq was bombed by ISIS on Sunday, October 10.

By Raman Yousef – ARA News – 10/10/16 Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) bombed an Assyrian Church in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh governorate on Sunday. The radical group has bombed the Barbara Fouq Attal Church in the Assyrian town of Karemlis near Mosul city. “Daesh [ISIS] jihadis detonated a number of explosive devices inside the church on […]

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Assyrian Women’s Conference Issues Appeal for Aid

October 3, 2016 Featured News

AINA – October 2016 Brussels (AINA) — An International Assyrian Women’s Conference was held in Brussels on September 29. Representatives from Europe and the Middle East attended the conference and addressed the issue of violence against Assyrians in the Middle East, particularly Iraq and Syria. The participants called attention to the ISIS genocide of Assyrians and […]

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Assyrians in Europe to Gather for Inaugural Convention

September 19, 2016 Featured News

AINA- September 2016 Stockholm (AINA) — Assyrians in Europe will gather for a pan-European convention for the first time on October 8 and 9. The convention will take place in the city of Gothenburg in the Swedish west-coast. The program includes seminars, work shops, key note speeches by special guests and a fund-raising gala. The […]

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Stop the Cancer of Islamic State – Urges Iraq’s Chaldean Patriarch

August 30, 2016 Featured News

Catholic News Service – August 2016 BAGHDAD — Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad called for a united and strong stance — by Muslims and non-Muslims alike — to stop the spread of the “cancer” of Islamic State and other terrorist groups. In an Aug. 27 statement, the patriarch said it’s about time “for Muslims and […]

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Iraq’s Remaining Christians Promise to Stay and Rebuild

August 8, 2016 Featured News

By Hannah Tooley – AINA- 8/8/16 Christians still in Iraq are pledging to stay in the country and help rebuild it after Islamic State (IS) is defeated. They have spoken out two years after thousands of believers were forced to flee their homes in the Nineveh plains by IS. A new report found most of […]

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