California Recognizes Two Assyrian Genocides

AINA - 13/9/19 Sacramento, California (AINA) -- The State of California recognized the Assyrian Genocide of 1915 in the Ottoman Empire and the Simmele massacre of 1933 in Iraq in a binding resolution passed on September 9, 2019. The resolution was backed by both Democratic and Republican assembly members and it passed unanimously. The resolution states: Resolved by ...

Assyrian Genocide in Modern History

AINA - August-September 2019 (AINA) -- A report published by the Assyrian Policy Institute "provides a summary of five major events in modern history during which Assyrians were subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing: The Massacre of Assyrians at Hakkari (1843); the Assyrian Genocide (1914-1923); the Simele Massacre (1933); the Soriya Massacre (1969); and the more ...

Forging Demographic Change in Iraq At the Expense of Assyrians

A church in the Assyrian town of Bartella in north Iraq. ( AINA)

AINA - Bar Daisan- 31/1/19 Goettingen, Germany (AINA) -- In a press release dated January 24th, the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen has called attention to new problems arising for the Assyrians (known also as Chaldeans and Syriacs) in the Nineveh Plain, north and east of the city of Mosul, Iraq. Assyrian "representatives fear ...

Iraqi Shabak Security Forces Block Assyrian Church – Threaten Pastor

On of the Shabaks who blocked access to St. George Assyrian church in Bartella, north Iraq. ( AINA)

AINA - 2/12/18 Bartella, North Iraq (AINA) -- For the second time in five months, Iraqi military forces have trespassed on St. George Assyrian Church in Bartella, and threatened its pastor, Fr. Behnam Benoka. On 10:30 this morning several cars containing a wedding party drove up to the church and parked in front of it, blocking access. ...

Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq

Father Athanasis Toma at the old entrance of St. George Assyrian church in Dora, Iraq. ( AINA)

  AINA - 12/10/18 (AINA) -- Father Athanasis Toma, who lives in Los Angeles, returned recently from a trip to Iraq, his country of origin. Fr. Athanasis is an Assyrian, a Chorbishop in the Ancient Church of the East, with a diocese in San Fernando, CA. Fr. Athanasis was happy to visit Iraq, but is gravely concerned ...

The Living Testimony of the Assyrian Genocides

Sabri Atman (C) interviewing Gewriye Mesut in the Netherlands, survivor of the 1915 Turkish genocide of Assyrians in World War One. ( AINA)

AINA - 15/9/18 (AINA) -- Some of the most reliable sources of the Turkish genocide of Assyrians genocide are the first hand accounts by genocide survivors, most of whom who are elderly, as well as their direct descendants who heard the accounts from their loved ones. Assyrians were targeted during the genocides of 1915 in Turkey, 1933 ...

Assyrians Walk Across Golden Gate Bridge for Genocide Awareness

Assyrians walk across Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to raise awareness of Assyrian genocides. ( AINA)

AINA - 16/8/18 San Francisco (AINA) -- The Assyrian people in Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran have been subjected to systematic ethnic cleansing for over a century. The biggest human losses suffered by the Assyrian nation happened between the years 1915 and 1933 -- this period of atrocities and oppression against the Assyrian people is commemorated ...

Assyrians Commemorate Martyrs Day Amid Strife and Exodus From Middle East

The Arabic letter "n" (inside red circle), signifying "Nasrani" (Christian), on an Assyrian home in Mosul.

  AINA - 10/8/18 (AINA) -- August 7 is Assyrian Martyrs Day. It is commemorated worldwide by Assyrians to remember their fallen, including the 3,000 who were killed by the Iraqi army in Iraq between August 7 and 11, 1933 in the town of Simmele (ܣܡܠܐ), North Iraq, and its surroundings. It was carried out by the ...

The Assyrian Simele Massacre and the Unsung Hero of the Genocide Convention

Assyrian refugees who survived the Simele Massacre of 1933 pictured in the Khabour region of Syria, 1935. ( Assyrian Policy Institute)

  AINA - 27/7/18 On day 189 of the Nuremberg Trials, French prosecutor Auguste Champetier de Ribes delivered his closing statement. In it, he described the Holocaust as a "crime so monstrous, so undreamt of in history through the Christian era up to the birth of Hitlerism, that the term 'genocide' had to be coined to define ...

Assyrian Organizations Ask Iraq to Recognize 1933 Massacre of Assyrians

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AINA - 24/7/18 (AINA) -- A coalition of four Assyrian organizations from the Unites States, Canada and Europe has sent a letter to the Iraqi government asking for official recognition of the massacre of Assyrians by the Iraqi army in August, 1933. Called the Simmele massacre, it was conducted in the Assyrian town of Simmele and its surroundings ...

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

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 for global ...

Following Christ together in discrimination, persecution, martyrdom: What does this mean for the global church today? – Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 27/4/18 Speech of His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church at the 3rd Global Gathering – Global Christian Forum April 25, 2018, in Bogota – COLOMBIA Following Christ together in discrimination, persecution, martyrdom: What does this mean for the global ...

Cross destroyed by ISIS restored on the dome of the ancient St. Morth Shmooni Syriac Orthodox Church in Iraq

Liju Cherian (Chief Editor) OCP News Service - 5/4/18 Artella-Iraq- Orthodox Christians in Iraq restored Cross on the dome of St. Morth Shmooni Syriac Orthodox Church in Artella, Iraq. This beautiful and ancient Church and its 800-Year-old altar were severely damaged by ISIS. Mor Timotheos Mousa Al Shamani (Metropolitan of Mor Mattai Dayro, Iraq) was present on ...

Paschal-Easter Greetings from OCP Chairman – 2018

The Executive Council – March-April 2018 – OCP News Service Dear All Christ is Risen, He is Truly Risen Indeed!!! Krisdos haryav i merelotz! Orhnyal e Haroutyunen Krisdosi! Khristós Anésti! Alithós Anésti! Paschal greetings from Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE family. 'Let all Pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants ...

Palm Sunday celebrations mark revival of life in Qaraqosh

The Palm Sunday celebrations saw thousands of Christians take to the streets of Qaraqosh (World Watch Monitor)

Wordlwatchmonitor  - 27/3/18 For many Christian families in Qaraqosh, this Easter is particularly special, as they will be celebrating it at home for the first time since fleeing the city in 2014. The city, located in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, was occupied by the Islamic State group for over three years before its liberation in October 2017. Since ...

Assyrians Commemorate 100th Anniversary of Patriarch’s Assassination

His Holiness Benjamin Shimun XXI (1887-1918), Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of East.

AINA - 5/3/18 (AINA) -- On March 3 Assyrian around the world commemorated the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of Mar Benjamin Shimun XXI, Patriarch of the Church of East. Mar Shimun was assassinated on March 3rd, 1918 by Ismail Simko, a Kurdish warlord. The Patriarch had accepted Simko's invitation and had gone to his residence ...

Ceremony Held for New Assyrian Church in Arizona

Assyrian Church of the East - 5/3/18 On Sunday 18 February 2018, His Grace Mar Aprim Khamis, Bishop of Western USA of the Assyrian Church of the East laid the foundation stone for the future St Mar Yosip Khnanisho Church in Gilbert, Arizona. The ceremony was attended by a large congregation of priests, deacons and faithful. Upon ...

The Unethical Prosecution of an Assyrian Attorney

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 homes ...

“THE WEST IS ABANDONING GOD,” PAT. KIRILL TELLS NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA

Photo: RIA-Novosti

Orthochristian.com - 18/11/17 His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with newly-appointed American ambassador to Russia John Huntsman at the patriarchal residence yesterday to discuss matters of relations between the two countries and of the fate of suffering Christians around the world, reportspatriarchia.ru. Welcoming the guest, Pat. Kirill noted that the Russian Church has a ...

Sermons Delivered by Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II in Germany

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 26/10/17 Speech of His Holiness Mor Ignatius Aphrem II - Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church at the opening assembly of the “Christianity in the Middle East: Challenges and the Future” Conference on October 20, 2017, in Berlin Your Holinesses, Eminences, Graces, Very Reverend Fathers, Ladies and ...

Second Assyrian Mayor Illegally Removed By Kurdish Authorities

Basem Bello (center), the Assyrian mayor of Tel Kepe, north Iraq, was illegally removed from his office by the Kurdish authorities on August 3.

AINA - 7/8/17 Tel Kepe, North Iraq (AINA) -- The mayor of Tel Kepe, Basim Bello, was removed from his office on August 3 by the Nineveh Provincial Council. Mr. Bello is the second Assyrian mayor in three weeks to be illegally removed from his office by the Kurdish authorities. The Assyrian Mayor of Alqosh, Fayez ...