ESU condemns the Eradication of Christianity in Iraq

The attacks against Christians and other minorities now started in the Northern part of Iraq. The first attack took place on December 2nd. Islamic Kurds in Zakho following the Friday Prayer and with the instructions of the Imam attacked and destroyed all Christian owned businesses from liquor stores to beauty salons plus the Chinese owned massage shops. The following days these attacks spread to other cities of Northern Iraq.

Since a heavy security presence in the Nineveh Plain, the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian (CSA) people are concerned, because this can be a laying of groundwork for eventual annexation by the Kurdistan region. Kurds came into villages where exclusively Christians live.

This year an assembly of political parties and organisations delivered an official request concerning a province project in the Nineveh Plain for Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrians. With this province a solution for the situation of Christians and other minorities would be finding. Although the official request has been sent to representatives of the Iraqi government, it has not been responded until today.

Referred to latest statements of Kurdish leaders, Christians would be better off joining the Kurdistan region, because of more protection and free practicing of their religion.

But latest developments show us, that even in the “secure North Iraq” Christians are not in security. Latest attacks against Christians determined a big lack of confidence and security. Especially the latest decision of Masoud Barzani concerning the contingent of minorities in the Kurdish parliament is a cause of concern on the rights of minorities. Five Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian and one Armenian member of the Kurdish parliament and the assembly of political parties and organisations showed a reaction on the decision of the Kurdish parliament. Also they wrote a letter to Barzani to not undersign this decision. Unfortunately last days Barzani signed this letter, so that now this contingent has been reversed.

The situation of Christians in the Middle East is very alarming. The Northern part of Iraq was seen as a secure place for Christians and other minorities. But latest outcomes show that even there a future for Christians is not guaranteed.

During last decade, we have been observed the escalation of violence against Christians in the Middle East countries. The annihilation policies are conducted to eradicate the Christian presence from the concerned countries. The ongoing policies of Western countries remain weak and passive to protect autochthon Christians minorities of Middle East and preserving their existence in the region.

At the current process the developments of Iraq and Syria are related to each other. The potential of our people could emerge on surface within this context. Especially Syria has very great importance for us. In order to avoid the wave of migration also in Syria from now on, the conditions should be prepared for our people.

The presence of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East is crucial and vital for the establishment of democratic, humanism and open society. Therefore, our call is clear; Christians of Middle East have to be protected and new policy toward them has to be realized.

European Syriac Union (ESU) is highly concerned about the future of Christians in the Middle East and asking to the Western powers, where can Christians continue to their existence and which measures have to be taken in order to secure Christians in the region.

European Syriac Union demands that regional and federal governments have the obligation to bring the responsible of these barbarous in front of the justice, compensating all damages caused during the attacks.

ESU condemns firmly the latest attacks against Christians at the Northern Iraq and demands to the regional and federal governments to take necessary measures to prevent similar attacks and create the atmosphere of security. Finally, on the basis of the Federal Constitution, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people have to acquire the right of the autonomy as soon as possible in order to continue to flourish their existence and culture as autochthon people of the region.