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Monastery boundary cases declared null and void in Ankara court battle: Back to the drawing board for the monastery


The Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA), the recognised United Nations NGO representing the Aramean (Syriac) people worldwide, reports that the Supreme Court in Ankara

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Tomorrow, on 8 May 2014, a historic conference will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, where seven senior religious and secular leaders from Syria’s largest Christian churches will speak in a unified voice on the situation in their homeland, which is the cradle of civilization and Christianity. In addition, significant meetings at the United Nations are scheduled for Friday.

Tomorrow’s conference, titled “Christians in Syria: The Challenge of Speaking with One Voice,” will start at 8 pm at the Espace Fusterie (18, Place de la Fusterie) in Geneva and is open to the public.

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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”).

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Request to amend article 125 of Constitution and ID Card

Iraq’s Arameans express deep concern about the lack of constitutional recognition as a distinct ethno-religious people and their uncertain future in their homeland in the Nineveh Plain which soon may be retaken from ISIS. Unlike other populations in Iraq such as Turkmen, Chaldeans and Assyrians, the Syriacs are not mentioned in Article 125 of the Constitution. Therefore, they are now forced to identify themselves by one of these identities, or the Arab one, and thus adopt an identity that is entirely foreign to them in the ID Cards that have to be issued. This has caused serious concerns and angry reactions among hundreds of thousands of Iraq’s indigenous Arameans in and outside Iraq who refuse to identify themselves other than Syriacs or Arameans.

The World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) (“WCA”) addresses this pertinent issue in a letter that has been sent by the WCA to Iraqi government officials and the media. The WCA and its Member Federations also sent the letters to Iraq’s Ambassadors across Europe, the USA and Australia, requesting them to share it with Baghdad and the dignitaries in charge of constitutional amendments and also requesting for meetings to further clarify the issue and the uncertain future of Iraq’s Aramean Christians in the post-ISIS period in Iraq, considering that the Nineveh Plains may be reconquered in the near future.

Scroll down below to download the letter of the WCA and the Syriac Orthodox and Catholic Archbishops of Iraq. Also, view the video message of the WCA President and the Vice-Chairman of the Aramean Federation in the Netherlands. 

 The Syriac Catholic activist Isho' Majeed Hadaya (1954-2006) was murdered on 22 November 2006 in his hometown of Baghdeda (Qaraqosh), North Iraq, because of his Aramean Christian identity. At his funeral, the Aramaic flag was laid on his coffin.

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WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL YOU ARE BACK HOME! (abducted on Monday 22 April 2013)


Over one year ago, on 22 April 2013, the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, H.E. Gregorius Hanna Ibrahim, and H.E. Boulos al-Yazigi, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo and Iskenderun, were abducted by a rebel group near the Turkish-Syrian border. Their car was intercepted and the Aramean driver was shot dead, during or after the attack.


SEMINAR: The Syria Policy of Sweden and the EU under Review

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.

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Photo: EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Ms. Catherine Ashton and Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Carl Bildt (AFP)


Genocide of religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East perpetrated by ISIS: Music as the Bridge to Peace

ADF International and the World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) (“WCA”) are inviting you for a side event on Thursday, 17 March 2016, at the United Nations Office in Geneva that aims at raising awareness about the threat of extinction of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, including Yezidis and Aramean Christians, who are victims of genocide.

Genocide constitutes the most horrific of human rights violations, leading to the total or partial destruction of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. The European Parliament already reacted and approved a resolution on 4 February 2016, condemning the ongoing atrocities in the aforementioned countries and recognizing them as genocide.

The investigations, reports and conclusions from the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion and other efforts are also important steps. Resolutions by the Human Rights Council and the Security Council recognizing the acts committed by ISIS as genocide are of urgent importance in order to end the violence. Therefore, your participation and support would be greatly appreciated.


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• Ms. Mariela Shaker, Syrian Refugee and professional classical violinist
• Ms. Jacqueline Isaac, Lawyer, Vice President of Roads of Success

• Mr. Johny Messo, President, World Council of Arameans (Syriacs)

Conclusion and Geneva Declaration on Genocide of Religious and Ethnic Minorities:
• Mr. Rubén Navarro, Senior UN Counsel, ADF International

In addition, Ms. Mariela Shaker will give a 15-minute violin concert. Ms. Shaker is an Aramean Christian refugee from Aleppo, Syria, who was named a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama and honored at the White House on World Refugee Day last year. A DePaul University graduate student working toward a master’s degree in musical performance, she also is the WCA Ambassador of Peace, using the power of music to highlight the plight of refugees from her homeland and to provide inspiring ways to healing and reconciliation in Syria.

MarielaShakerMs. Mariela Shaker (center) 


RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 March, if you do not have an entry badge to the UN.

Refreshments will be provided. French interpretation will be available.


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The Third Aramean Congress, 7 March, Sayfo 1915-2015 and the Aramean Identity

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 request each one of you to inform ALL of your members and inform them about the importance of this Congress. Kindly distribute this letter to your members via email and hang it in your offices. You(r delegates) can sign up until Friday 27 February 2015, by emailing their (family) name, position and contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (only registered persons can attend for only 25 euro per person!).

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!







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

                                If you would like to attend it, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CONFERENCE | "Christians in Syria: The Challenge of Speaking with One Voice"


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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.



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