Sydney – 22 June 2013
Preparations are under way in Sydney – Australia for the 3rd Annual celebration of Assyria Day, by The Young Assyrians, the youth association of the Assyrian Universal Alliance –Australian Chapter to be held on Sunday, June 30th, 2013.
The day’s activities will begin with The Assyria Day Conference which will be held at Nineveh Lounge and Reception Centre, located at 673 Smithfield Road, Edensor Park, NSW 2176, from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Guest Speakers will include:
Dr. Racho Donef: will examine the many terms that have been used to define Assyrians such as Syrians, Jacobites, Nestorians and Chaldeans and Arameans.
Dr. Donef’s latest book is titled “Assyrians post-Nineveh: identity, fragmentation, conflict and survival (672 BC – 1920): A study of Assyrogenous communities ”
Suzy David: will present on the legal grounds and rights of the establishment of an Assyria State, affirming their rights to exist in harmony, peace & security with their neighbours by exercising the Right to Self Determination and all other international conventions and treaties. Suzy is a solicitor and barrister admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.
Lynda Ben-Menashe: will present on the establishment of the State of Israel. Detailing the legal rights/grounds of Israel as well as the challenges faced then, and now. Drawing parallels between the Assyrian people’s struggle for statehood, safety and security in our ancestral homeland and that of Israel. Lynda works as NGO Relations Manager of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.
Admission to this conference will be by registration only.
The Assyria Day activities will continue with the official celebration starting at 5:00pm at “Nineveh Reception” located at Nineveh Cultural Center. The event is open for all Assyrians. A special program is organised including speeches, folkloric dancing and special presentations organised by approximately one hundred students of the Assyrian Diglat School of the Assyrian Australian Association.
Finally, at 8:00 pm a special entertainment function will be held at the Assyrian Charity & Educational Community located at 1677 The Horsley Drive, Horsley Park, with well-known Assyrian singers to celebrate this occasion.
The Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) designated Assyria Day at its 27th World Congress held in 2010 in Erbil, Iraq, and therefore requests all Assyrians throughout the world to observe this day as a symbol of our national revival and to plant the seed in the hearts and minds of all they we will, “Return to Assyria.”
This event aims to highlight the rights of the Assyrian people to safely return to their homeland, to affirm their rights to exist in harmony, peace & security with their neighbours by exercising the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all other international conventions and treaties which emphasize refugee’s right of return. It also supports the demands of the Assyrians in their pursuit of an autonomous federal province or state.
Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australian Chapter
PO Box 34, Fairfield NSW 1860 Australia.
Photos from last year celebration