The twentieth century was a dark period for the Assyrian people who endured multiple genocides in various countries. Once labeled as the creators of modern civilization, the Assyrian people were hoping for a better future in the new century. Unfortunately, the new century has, thus far, offered nothing but the continuation of ethnic cleansing campaigns against the Assyrians.
In their ancestral home land â€“ Iraq – Assyrians continue to face violence and organized attacks against their religious and political leaders. Churches are bombed, and people are faced with the option of converting to Islam or fleeing their homes.
Assyrians represent the greatest number of refugees since the fall of the previous regime. Those who decide to stay behind, face unbelievable horror and constant attacks by their Muslim neighbors, while those who decide to flee Iraq, face similar hardship in neighboring countries including Jordan, Syria and Turkey.
The dire situation of the Assyrian refugees, has not receive the needed attention and funding by U.S. and other Western countries, who were in part responsible for the situation and, thus, obligated to find solutions to the refugee dilemma of the Assyrians of Iraq.
In August 1933, in northern Iraq, 65 Assyrian villages were subject to barbaric attacks which left thousands of innocent people dead.
Our goal is to educate the world community and ask for your compassion and support for the Assyrians of Iraq. We hope for your support in organizing a global event as we near the 75th commemoration of that bloody day.
We want to convey the message to the world that Assyrians, regardless of the religious denomination, are united and after 2600 years, should be entitled to their human and political rights in their ancestral home land â€“ Iraq.
ASSYRIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE