Official logo of the 100 year anniversary of the Assyrian Genocide
In 1915, during the First World War, Turkish and Kurdish forces launched a campaign of genocide to exterminate the Assyrian people living in the Turkish Empire. Lasting from 1915 to 1923, this campaign of genocide is known as the “Seyfo,” or “The Sword” by Assyrians worldwide.(1,2)
The centerpiece of a larger plan of ethnic and religious cleansing, the Turkish state and its Kurdish allies conspired and murdered millions of Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks 100 years ago during the height of the First World War.
Descendants of those who escaped this genocide now campaign globally for international recognition of the Seyfo and are demanding an official apology from the Republic of Turkey for its role in the murder of millions. (2)
Sabri Atman, director of the SEYFO Center, noted that “Today, March 24th, 2015, history is being rewritten in Yerevan, the capital of the Republic of Armenia, as that nation officially recognizes this terrible and shameful period in history. The Republic of Armenia's decision to recognize the Assyrian and Greek Genocide, (the Seyfo), encourages Assyrians everywhere - it strengthens us to continue our fight to have the Seyfo recognized by the whole international community. We salute the Republic of Armenia for taking this most human and principled stand.”
This recognition of the Assyrian Genocide also represents a challenge for Turkey and its National Socialist forces who still admire their Adolf-Hitler-like historical figure, Talat Pasha.
“Descendants of those who escaped this genocide now campaign globally for international recognition”
“Talat Pasha,” stated Mr. Atman, “Who served in various high governmental position in the Turkish state during the First World War, was the central architect in the genocide against the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. He is a war criminal of monstrous proportions and should be viewed in the same light as Hitler, Himmler or Eichmann.”
To date, 21 countries have officially recognized the Armenian Genocide that was part of the Seyfo Genocide. The SEYFO Center will continue its work until all the countries of the international community recognize Assyrians and Greeks who also fell victim during the same genocide.
Assyrian Genocide Research, Seyfo Center, is an international research center devoted to the research and documentation of contemporary issues related to the history, politics, society and culture of Assyrians around the world. It’s research is conducted to document past and current events and to analyze their impact on individuals and institutions in occupied Assyria and the diaspora.
\ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)
1: an ancient empire of Ashur
2: a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern
Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)
a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of
its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender
4: a democratic state that believes in the freedom of
religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the
principles of the United Nations Charter —
Ethnicity, Religion, Language
Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
\ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)
1: descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur
2: the Assyrians, although representing but one single
nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now
doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle
ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding
hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the
East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.
These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the
Christian Era. No one can coherently understand the Assyrians
as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church
from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly
difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for
in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control,
religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a
criterion of nationality.
the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya,
Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean,
Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu,
Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye,
Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. —
1: a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of
the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.
2: has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical
Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.