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Syrian Government Forces Arrest Two Assyrians

Sep-28-2010 at 08:17 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Last edited on 09/28/2010 at 08:20 PM (UTC3 Assyria)
Syrian Government’s Political Security Forces Arrest Two Assyrians in the City of Qamishly
by Assyrian Democratic Organization
Media Committee
Syria, September 25, 2010

ADO Statement

SYRIA, Qamishly — On the morning of Monday, September 20, 2010, the Syrian Government’s Political Security Forces in the city of Qamishly, Syria, arrested Mr. Gabriel Issa Iskandar (electrician) who belongs to an Assyrian family that has been prohibited from receiving Syrian Citizenship for decades (since 1962). Mr. Gabriel Issa Iskandar is not affiliated with any political party or opposition group and is not known for participating in political activity.

Mr. Gabriel Issa Iskandar was arrested due to raising an Assyrian flag that contains historical and cultural symbols. This happened when Mr. Iskandar had attended a concert given by an Assyrian singer from Diaspora, which was also attended by a large number of our people. These historical and cultural symbols are cherished by all of our people and symbolize the great ancient civilizations of Syria and Mesopotamia, and are found in Syria’s national museums and appear in many public areas in Syria.

These symbols are scattered in abundance and sold in many places as souvenirs. Following his arrest, Mr. Iskandar was severely pressured and questioned by the authorities and was forced to name the shop where he had purchased this flag from. Based on Mr. Iskandar’s statements, the Syrian Political Security Forces arrested Mr. Nahir Hanna, who works at a printing press and is not affiliated with any political party or opposition group. After being detained for two days by the Political Security in Qamishly, both individuals were taken to the Military Court (to be tried before a Military Judge) to stand trial on charges of “Inciting Sectarian Strife” under Article 307 of the Penal Code.

We, in the Assyrian Democratic Organization strongly condemn the unjustified arrest of these two young individuals who had not committed any crime nor act that would violate the security and stability of the country. We call upon the authorities to release them and drop all the unfair charges against them, and to stop harassing the citizens of the country. The authorities must cease their wrongful prosecutions and interference in all aspects of the citizens’ lives. We also call upon the release of all political prisoners in Syria, to promote national unity and ensure a decent life for all citizens.
تصريح المنظمة الاثورية الديمقراطية حول اعتقال الأمن السياسي لشابين آشوريين

بيث زالين(سوريا) - مطاكستا ++ صباح يوم الاثنين 20/9/2010، قام قسم الأمن السياسي في مدينة القامشلي باعتقال الشاب كبرئيل عيسى اسكندر( عامل كهرباء ) وهو وعائلته من الآشوريين (السريان) المكتومين من القيد منذ عشرات السنين. ولم يعرف عن الشاب أي نشاط سياسي ولاتربطه أية علاقة بأي من الأحزاب.

وجاء الاعتقال على خلفية رفعه علما يحمل رموزا تراثية وحضارية آشورية تعبيرا عن الفرح أثناء مشاركته في حفل فني لأحد المطربين القادمين من بلاد الاغتراب. وكان كافة الحضور من أبناء شعبنا الكلداني السرياني الآشوري. وهذه الرموز التي يعتز بها جميع أبناء شعبنا، تنطوي أيضا على معان وقيم وطنية تنتمي لحضارة سوريا وبلاد الرافدين، وتزدان بها كل المتاحف السورية، كما وتعرض في الكثير من الأماكن والساحات في سوريا.

وبعد استجوابه وممارسة الضغوط عليه لمعرفة المحل الذي اشتراها منه ( هذه الرموز منتشرة بكثرة وتباع في الكثير من الأماكن كتذكارات) تم اعتقال الشاب ناهير حنا (عامل مطبعة لاتربطه أية علاقة بالسياسة والأحزاب) وبعد يومين من التوقيف في الأمن السياسي في القامشلي، أحيل الاثنان إلى القضاء العسكري ( قاضي الفرد العسكري ) ليحاكما بتهمة إثارة النعرات الطائفية بموجب المادة 307 من قانون العقوبات العام.

أننا في المنظمة الآثورية الديمقراطية إذ ندين وبشدة هذا الاعتقال التعسفي لشابين من أبناء شعبنا، لم يرتكبا أي ذنب ولم يقوما بأي فعل مخل بالأمن والاستقرار، فإننا نطالب الجهات الأمنية بالإفراج عنهما وإسقاط كل التهم الجائرة بحقهما، والكف عن مضايقة المواطنين وملاحقتهم والتدخل في كل شؤون حياتهم حتى الصغيرة منها.

كما وندعو إلى إطلاق كافة معتقلي الرأي في سوريا تعزيزا للوحدة الوطنية وضمان العيش الحر الكريم لكافة المواطنين.

- سوريا 25 ايلول 2010م 6760 آ

المنظمة الآثورية الديمقراطية
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Assyria \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.)   3:  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 — Atour synonym

Ethnicity, Religion, Language
» Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
» Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
» Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
Assyrian \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.   3:  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. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   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.

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