immediate release calling International Community, Australian government and the US Administration, and Government of Iraq

Sydney – 11 July 2014
The Assyrians in Australia are deeply troubled by the chaotic crisis caused by the invasion and occupation of Mosul and Nineveh Plain and some Iraqi cities by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This is particularly grave news for the vulnerable and the already oppressed Assyrian people of Iraq that now fear they will be targeted for extermination by such Islamic extremists who are branded for being inhuman and brutal. According to most verifiable accounts, the militants who have swept across eastern Syria and western Iraq appear to have not engaged in widespread violence against the region’s Christians, known collectively as the Assyrians. But what is certain, is that tens of thousands of Christian refugees have already fled the area, mostly to the Kurdish region, as electricity, water and paid work is increasingly scarce. The current situation in Iraq and Syria has become tragic for the Christians as they face the risk of extinction in the land of the Cradle of Civilization. If the Western World and in particular Australia and United States of America want Christians to be part of the Middle East community, it is now time to act and save them.
The Assyrian Universal Alliance calls on the International Community, Australian government and the US Administration, and Government of Iraq, to mount an immediate and decisive response to purge Mosul and Nineveh Plains of ISIS militants and to provide immediate humanitarian aid and protection to those impacted by violence.
We strongly urge Australia, United States and European Union to call on the United Nations Security Council to address this crisis to issue a resolution under UN Charter Chapter 7 to deploy international forces to secure our community in Nineveh Plain and Mosul of Iraq.
Australia and the international community have a moral and humanitarian obligation to defend, protect and improve the conditions of Assyrian people in the Nineveh Plain, their ancestral land. As Assyrians, it is our nationalistic duty to mobilize and inform our representatives in the Australian federal government to pay attention to our people’s situation and take immediate and substantive action to establish a safe haven for our people and preserve the Nineveh Plain in Iraq for the Indigenous Assyrians and other Christian minority groups in the area.
Assyrian Universal Alliance
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