Debate on Christians of Iraq in UK parliament

Lobby for the Minorities of Iraq
(supported by C.H.A.K. -Centre of Halabja)

eilian@nant.wanadoo.co.uk

Debate on Christians of Iraq in UK parliament

It is with satisfaction that we note that sustained pressure on the UK government has resulted in a debate scheduled for 11.a.m. this tuesday, 16th december on the Christians of Iraq, one week after last week’s mass lobby in the House of Lords. We appeal to you all to e-mail the relevant minister who will answer for the British government , Mr Bill Rammell (rammellw@parliament.uk) asking him to address the real issues of the UK’s responsibilities in this matter of the security of Iraq’s minorities.Copies may be sent to us.
  Here is our representation to him

“We believe that the most essential point is to secure an admission of responsibility by the government for the humanitarian situation of the minorities ie that there is a connection between the 2003 invasion and the present disastrous situation. We fear that MPs cannot face grasping this nettle as no MPs who voted for the war in 2003 have signed Bob Spink’s Motion (number 27) which makes this point
The actions of Britain in the past undoubtedly led to this situation ie
1 The promise made to the Assyrians after the 1915 genocide that if they kept on fighting in 1917 that they would not be abandoned and would be awarded autonomy
2 Britain’s disgraceful behaviour in preventing the participation by two Assyrian groups in the Paris Peace Conference
3 Britain’s use of the Assyrian Levies during the years of the mandate to protect their own oil-interests against both Kurdish and Arab revolts, which has led to a distrust of Assyrians ever since
4 Britain’s total abandonement of the Assyrians in the Anglo-Iraq treaty, leaving them dispersed through Iraq rather than concentrated around Amadya with a degree of autonomy In 1932 The British armed forces acted to prevent the Assyrian concentration
5 Soon after the admittance of Iraq into the League of Nations the terrible Simel massacre of August 1933 ocurred with British Armed forces in the country. The Assyrian levies still in the army were prevented from going to help the victims.
6 The 1961 Kurdish revolt, when Assyrians left many of their villages in the north due to Kurd-Arab fighting, the 1970’s when the border villages were destroyed by the Bathist regime, and the 1988 Anfal Genocide which left 1,000 Assyrians dead and many villages destroyed all led to emigration from the country . Britain was the most miserly of all countries in offering Assylum during all this time
8 The effects of the 2003 war has undoubtedly been the fanatical fundementalism of the present time, resulting in terrible suffering for Minorities in the Arab populated areas.The closed door policy to Minorities is now repeated

. If UK and US policy is to sacrifice the Minorities for the sake of a more stable Iraq, then let that be made public then let us open the door wide for mass resettlement ” If it is to allow Christians and other Minorities to stay, then let there be an UN protectorate for the Minorities, as the Iraqi Army is incapable or unwilling to protect them
Eilian Williams