The World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) (WCA) and the Federation of Arameans in Germany (BVDAD) cordially invite you to The Third Aramean Congress titled "SAYFO 1915-2015 and the Aramean Identity." It will be held on Saturday, 7 March 2015, at the Suryoyo Sat Studio in Gütersloh, Germany.
This year, we all honor the 100th Anniversary of the Sayfo. The WCA, its Member Federations, local associations, Suryoyo Sat, SAUF and SAAF have initiated a Sayfo documentary in cooperation with a Dutch Christian channel, a Sayfo logo and the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/1915sayfo.
We all have more initiatives in the pipeline, just like each of you is now preparing various Sayfo events. Therefore, we see the necessity to bring together all our organizations and leading intellectuals in order to exchange ideas and dates for our Sayfo activities to create a SAYFO 2015 Agenda. For it would be good to be aware of each other’s agendas so that we can cooperate and attend each other’s events.
Besides the WCA’s Member Federations and Associations, we cordially invite Suryoyo Sat, the Sweden-based Syriac Aramaic Youth Federation (SAUF) and Syriac/Aramaic Academicians Federation (SAAF), Kreis Aramäischer Studierender Heidelberg (KrAS), Nisibin – Stiftung für Aramäische Studien, Stiftung zum Erhalt und zur Förderung des Aramäischen Kulturerbes, Kifa Magazine, the Aramean Movement for Human Rights (ABM), the Aramaic Democratic Organization (ArDO), Lebnon, our predecessors in the Aramean organizations and influential intellectuals.
For this event, we have also invited the well-known German genocide scholar, Dr. Tessa Hofmann, to give a presentation of one hour about the destruction of the Aramean people in 1914-1918.
We strongly believe that this historic Congress has the power to bring us all much closer to each other, increase our activities and make us individually and collectively stronger. Therefore, we look forward to receiving you at the Congress and hope to see you soon in Germany!
PROGRAM: SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 2015
SAYFO 1915-2015 AND THE ARAMEAN IDENTITY
09:30 – 10:00 Breakfast: Tea/Coffee & Sandwiches
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks by Mr. Daniyel Demir (7 min.),
Chairman Federation of Arameans in Germany
Speech by Mr. Johny Messo, WCA President (20 min.):
Sayfo and our People: Creating a Global Aramean Force
10:30 – 12:00 Statements by Organizations (5 min.) & Individuals (3 min.)
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 14:15 Questions and Answers & General Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Gabriel Hanne
14:15 – 15:15 Lecture by Dr. Tessa Hofmann, Genocide Scholar
Persecution and Destruction of the Arameans in the Ottoman Empire and Ottoman Occupied Iran (1914-1918) – A Forgotten Genocide?
15:15 – 16:00 Questions & Answers
16:00 – 16:15 Break
16:15 – 17:45 Synergizing Thoughts and Initiatives: The SAYFO 2015 Agenda
Moderator: Dr. Gabriel Hanne
17.45 – 18.00 Presenting a DRAFT Joint Declaration to the German Government
We will translate and send it to our various Parliaments and Media
18:00 – 18:15 Final remarks by Mr. Daniyel Demir & Mr. Johny Messo
18:30 – 19:30 Dinner
20:00 – 22:30 Live Tahrazto on the 3rd Aramean Congress & The SAYFO 2015 Agenda
GENEVA, 8 MAY 2014, 8 P.M. – ESPACE FUSTERIE
On May 8, 2014, at 8 pm at the Espace Fusterie in Geneva, seven representatives of the largest Churches in Syria - Orthodox and Catholic, senior members of the clergy and lay persons – will witness the dramatic situation confronting Christian communities in a conflict that is tearing this ancient land apart – a land with great culture and a cradle of Christianity.
On Friday 29 October 2010, the Aramaic Federation of Switzerland organized a lectures in Lugano The invited guest speakers are:
- Johny Messo, SUA President
- Daniel Gabriel, SUA Vice-President & Human Rights and NGO Director
The lectures will be about the recent activities of the Syriac Universal Alliance. The event is open to every interested person.
Amsterdam, 21 November 2014 - On 16 September 2014, Israel’s Minister of Interior, H.E. Gideon Sa‘ar, signed a document that recognizes “Aramean” as a distinct national identity in Israel’s population registry. In order to promote this historic decision, the World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) (“WCA”) has invited the first registered Aramean from Israel to present a momentous statement on behalf of the Arameans worldwide at the UN Office in Geneva. Next Wednesday, 26 November, the WCA will address the Seventh Session of the Forum on Minority Issues on “Preventing and addressing violence and atrocity crimes targeted against minorities” (“UN Seventh Session”).
Click here to download this Press Release in PDF.
On 7 december 2012 the WCA President mr. Johny Messo has been interviewed by the BBC head office in London concerning a special Christmas programma on the plight of the Christians of Syria.
On the 5th of November 2011 WCA, the Aramean Federation of Switzerland and Suryoyo Sat were guest speakers at a lecture hosted by the local association of Amriswil, Switzerland.
On Wednesday 2 July 2014, the World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) will organize a seminar on the Syria policy of Sweden and the EU at the Almedalsveckan on the island of Gotland, Sweden. At this important annual platform, Swedish politicians, media and civil society organizations gather to discuss a variety of topics that involve their country.
The seminar, which is open to the public, will review how the decisions and the policies of Sweden and the EU have impacted the human rights situation on the ground, the Syrian asylum seekers in Sweden and more.
The knowledgeable speakers, Mr. Marcus Birro (Swedish journalist, author and poet) and Mr. Johny Messo (WCA President and writer from the Netherlands), will present their views and answer questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Mr. Daniel Gabriel, an experienced lawyer from Australia and former UN NGO and Human Rights Director of the WCA.
Photo: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Ms. Catherine Ashton and Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Carl Bildt (AFP)
6 december 2012 the WCA President and WCA Vice-President/Human Rights and UN NGO Director attended an interesting lecture on:
Mr. Daniel Gabriel, WCA's Vice-President, attended SAUF's 20th Anniversary in Hallunda, Sweden on behalf of the WCA Board.