Human Rights

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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EU Commission’s Turkey Report Touches on Property Rights As Well

April 22, 2018 Featured
St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastry in Midyat, Turkey, founded in 397 A.D.

Bar Daisan – AINA – 22/4/18 Brussels (AINA) — In its new report on accession, the European Commission in Brussels has given Turkey the worst testimonial yet, attesting that the country is facing serious regressions in the rule of law, freedom of expression and the independence of the judiciary. Related: The Case of the St. Gabriel Assyrian Monastery in […]

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“Nagorno Karabakh Must Be the Primary Subject and Not an Object of the Peace Process” Says Prominent International Scholars

March 2, 2018 Featured
International Scholars Discuss Nagorno Karabakh at the European Parliament

Tufenkian Foundation – 2/3/18 “Nagorno Karabakh Must Be the Primary Subject and Not an Object of the Peace Process” Say Prominent International Scholars Brussels – On February 27, the European Parliament deputies Michèle Rivasi (Verts/ALE) and Lars Adaktusson (EPP) hosted a public debate featuring prominent international scholars and diplomats who examined developments in international law, the […]

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October 26, 2017 Featured – 26/10/17 Brussels. Addressing the conference on the Armenian Cause at the European Parliament in Brussels on Thursday 19 October 2017, His Holiness Aram I said, “the Armenian Genocide is no longer an exclusive concern of Armenian-Turkish relations; this well-documented fact of history, the first genocide of the 20th Century, has become a matter of […]

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September 6, 2017 News
Photo: – 6/9/17 After several months of closed proceedings, the Tbilisi city court found Archpriest George Mamaladze guilty of the attempted murder of the secretary of His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II Shorena Tetruashvili. It was originally believed that he was plotting the murder of the patriarch himself, although it later became clear that this was not […]

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U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report Refers the Lawsuit of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia Demanding the Return of the Catholicosate in Sis

August 27, 2017 Featured – 27/8/17 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on August 15 presented the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom. Referring to the properties seized from the religious minorities by the Turkish government in previous decades, the report says that the country failed to return them to the owners. In particular, it pointed […]

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Poems on Christian Faith, Persecution and Mosul

May 17, 2017 Featured – Poems by N. Lygeros – 16/5/17 Christian faith Christian faith is under siege everywhere because barbarity wants to kill each follower of Christ, this is not only a crime but a genocide against Humanity that’s why if you are a believer be ready to suffer but also to help others from the horror […]

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Hollande calls for additional efforts to reach penalization of Armenian Genocide denial

April 25, 2017 Featured

Siranush Ghazanchyan – Public Radio of Armenia – 25/4/17 French President Francois Hollande commemorated the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide today. “I wanted to be among you for this commemoration of memory of the victims of the Armenian genocide,” Hollande said at the event. A few days before the end of his term, Francois Hollande announced […]

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February 3, 2017 Featured
Photo: – 3/2/17 The Georgian Parliament Committee for Human Rights adopted today a bill that, if approved, will make the insulting of religious feelings administratively punishable, reportsGeorgia Online. Under this bill, such offenders will be fined 300 gel ($110) for the first offense and 600 gel ($220) for repeat offenses. Moreover, the desecration of religious […]

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Statement by Bishop Angaelos on International Religious Freedom Day 2016

October 27, 2016 Featured News

Coptic Orthodox Church of U.K. – 27/10/16 Statement by His Grace Bishop Angaelos – General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom International Religious Freedom Day 2016. As we mark International Religious Freedom Day, it is becoming more apparent that the Freedom of Religion or Belief is not only desirable, but fundamental […]

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia continues consultations on the lawsuit asking the Return of its historic Seat from Turkey

August 25, 2016 Featured News

Armenian Orthodox Church of Lebanon – August 2016 Since his arrival in Geneva, His Holiness Aram I has been consulting with experts regarding the lawsuit asking from Turkey the Return of the historic Seat of the Catholicosate in Sis (Kozan). Discussions have focussed on the recent attempted coup in Turkey and its temporary suspension of the […]

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August 25, 2016 Featured News – August 2016 Russia protects and will protect Christians and combat Christianophobia in all international arenas, including the UN. Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Foreign Ministry Constantine Dolgov gave this assurance today, reports According to him, Russia is counting on support from dozens of countries, and not only those with a predominantly […]

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The Turkish Media Continues to Cover the Story of the Case Presented to the Turkish Constitutional Court by the Catholicosate of Cilicia Demanding the Return of Its Historical See

April 12, 2016 Featured News – March April 2016 On 21 March 2016, “Haber Turk” interviewed Cem Sofuoglu, the Turkish lawyer representing the Catholicosate of Cilicia at the Constitutional Court of Turkey. In response to the questions of the journalist, Sofuoglu explained the reasons for the litigation and said that if the Turkish Constitutional Court rejects the case, the Catholicosate […]

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Islamic State Bombs Christian Convent in Iraq

November 12, 2015 Featured News

  Raymond Ibrahim – Coptic Solidarity -12/11/15 The Islamic State reportedly detonated the convent belonging to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena on the morning of November 5. The explosion of the convent caused considerable damage to adjacent buildings. The Islamic State reportedly detonated the convent belonging to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena on […]

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Priest Feared Kidnapped in Syria Released

July 12, 2015 Featured News

July 2015 (AINA) — A Franciscan priest who was fear kidnapped three days ago in northeast Syria has been released, according to a report by the Assyrian Monitor for Human Rights. Fr. Dhiya Aziz, 41, is from Iraq and is affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land.He is reported to be in good […]

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia Reiterates and Clarifies Its Demand for the Return of Its Historical Seat from Turkey

June 22, 2015 Featured News

The Armenian Orthodox Church of Lebanon – June 2015 The Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia issues this statement to clarify any misconceptions as to the nature and purpose of its claim for the return of its historical Seat in Sis (present-day Kozan in Turkey), currently pending before the Turkish Constitutional Court. The lawsuit claims the […]

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Islamic State Demolishes Christian Church in Syria

May 26, 2015 Featured News

Raymond Ibrahim – 26/5/15 The Assyrian Network for Human Rights recently published the following photograph saying they are the demolished remains of the Church of Saint Mar Beesho‘a in Tel Shamiran, an Assyrian Christian village located in the countryside of the northern city of Hasakah—which was earlier occupied and ransacked by the Islamic State. Read more […]

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Cambridge University Press Releases Dr. Marian Simion’s Religion and Public Policy

May 21, 2015 Featured News

May 2015 Cambridge University Press has released Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics, a book co-edited by Dr. Marian Simion together with Sumner B. Twiss and Rodney L. Petersen. Featuring a group of distinguished contributors, including Bryan Hehir, Scott Appleby, John Witte, Jr., Abdulaziz Sachedina, and the CNN political commentator and former presidential […]

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Press Release from the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.)

March 30, 2015 Featured News
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March 2015 Following the appointment of new political and state administration and the beginning of the XVI Parliamentary term at the Hellenic Parliament, the President of the General Assembly and the Alternate Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (I.A.O.) Mr. Sergey Popov and Ioannis Amanatidis held customary meetings on 11 and 12 March […]

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The Papers of the Conference On “The Armenian Genocide from Recognition to Reparation” Appear in a Special Issue of Volume 14 of the International Criminal Law Review

December 23, 2014 Featured News

December 2014 The Communication and Information Office of the Catholicosate of Cilicia announces that the papers delivered at the momentous conference, held from the 23rd through the 25th of February 2012 in Antelias, Lebanon have been published in a special issue in Volume 14 of the International Criminal Law Review, 2014. The conference, which was […]

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The Weimar Human Rights Prize awarded to the two abducted Orthodox Bishops of Aleppo

December 17, 2014 Featured News

Jessie – December 2014 Germany: The Weimar Human Rights Prize was awarded to two abducted Bishops. Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim (Syriac-Orthodox Church) and Bishop Boulos Yazigi (Greek-Orthodox Church) were working for the release of an abducted priest near Aleppo, when they themselves abducted on the 22nd of April, 2013. They have not been released. The city […]

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