Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 10:33 AM in Nineveh, Assyria
To know your past, is to know yourself.
One day 48 people were seized in the yard of the French Mission. Mar Dinkha, bishop of the Old Church, was one of them. As they were keeping him in prison some days, I tried to buy off Mar Dinkha with the promise of 50 gold pieces, but they asked 100. I was outwitted at that time, for as often as I raised my offer they would advance the price. Then they carried them outside, where they were bound arm to arm and were all shot. Once they went to the village of Gulpashan and demanded a sum of money; they took money and carried off everthing else as well; 45 men who were on the watch were killed that night.
On September 15, 2009, the IPU and parliaments around the world will be celebrating the second International Day of Democracy, declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.
In its resolution A/RES/62/7 establishing the International Day of Democracy, the United Nations noted that "while democracies share common features, there is no single model of democracy" and that "democracy does not belong to any country or region". The International Day of Democracy is meant both to celebrate democracy and to serve as a reminder that the need to promote and protect democracy is as urgent now as ever.
The choice of September 15 for the International Day of Democracy corresponds to the adoption in September 1997 by the IPU of a Universal Declaration on Democracy. That Declaration affirms the principles of democracy, the elements and exercise of democratic government, and the global scope of democracy.