United States vice-President

Joseph Biden Meets With Assyrian Leaders in Detroit

Detroit (AINA) — United States vice-President Joseph Biden met with members of the Chaldean Assyrian Syriac Council of America (CASCA) on August 22nd. Ismat Karmo, the Chairman of CASCA, as well as members Dave Nona and Joe Kassab discussed the plight of the Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) in Iraq, and the Obama administration’s poor response to the concerns of the Assyrian community. Weiterlesen

Assyrian New Year's Eve

Assyrians Worldwide Celebrate 6762nd Year

(AINA) — March 21 marked the beginning of the 6762nd Assyrian year. The celebration of the new year was and is called the Akitu festival by Assyrians, and this was adopted by the various cultures that lived contemporaneously with Assyrians and by those that succeeded them. The Akitu festival is a 12 day celebration. Weiterlesen

Human Rights Report

Warns of Extinction of Assyrian Minority in Iraq

Insufficient security, lack of opportunities, and discriminatory laws deprive members of the Assyrians community of any perspective in Iraq. They neither receive sufficient protection by the Iraqi and Kurdish government nor do they enjoy fundamental rights that guarantee their existence in Iraq. Persistent violence and pervasive rejection of other ethnic and religious elements in society turn life impossible for Iraqi minorities. Weiterlesen

Law to assist implementation of article 125

President Obama signed the 2012 Appropriations Bill

On December 23, President Barack Obama signed the 2012 Appropriations Bill into law. This bill contains language calling for the US government (USG) and specifically the state Department to assist in the implementation of article 125 of the Iraqi constitution and to report back to Congress within 90 days from the date of the enactment of the Bill on the efforts to help the ethno-religious minorities in the Nineveh Plain area. Weiterlesen

International Community urged to act

US Withdrawal leaves Minorities in Danger

The US withdrawal from Iraq could spell the last push factor for the remaining members of Iraq’s vulnerable minorities. Iraq is far from a safe and functioning country. Attacks continue to threat civilians. The violence has forced more than 60 percent of Iraq’s Assyrian population to flee the country. Assyrians in Iraq continue to be the targets of systematic violence, whether in areas under the central government or the Kurdish administrated area. The latest attacks on Assyrian businesses in Northern Iraq clearly prove the continuing discrimination. Weiterlesen