Syriacs in Turkey and their rights
The Syriacs, also referred to as Arameans, in Sweden enjoy a privileged status and extensive rights in political parties and the bureaucracy. Five years ago, during the discussions over the Swedish national budget, the amount allocated to the king raised a controversy. A Syriac bureaucrat from Tur Abdin concluded that the amount allocated to the king was too much and thus opposed it.
Interestingly, ca. 10% of the speech given yesterday on 13 March 2013 by Turkey’s President at the Swedish Parliament concerns the Aramean (Syriac) people! Below follow first his 212 (out of a total of ca. 2100) words, then a few comments by the World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) as regards his key message:
What Do Aramean (Syriac) Christians Really Want in Syria?
By Daniel Gabriel, Human Rights and UN NGO Director, World Council of Arameans (Syriacs)1
Syria is at a critical impasse. While the so called “Arab-Awakening” has called for increased democracy and freedom across the Middle East, countries like Syria are now experiencing the complete opposite. We are seeing calls for the shedding of more blood and we have seen the demise of society, the fear of all, a horrific future for minorities and an imminent sectarian war.