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MP Kanna raises the issues of targeting Christians...

Nov-28-2010 at 03:57 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

MP Kanna raises the issues of targeting Christians in the House of Representatives
by Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa). November 25th, 2010

Zowaa – special ~ On the issue of continued attacks against our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people and all Christians in Baghdad and Mosul, MP Kanna demanded from the House of Representatives during meeting session of November 23, 2010 to address the series of crimes of terrorism that targets our people, and to establish a committee headed by MP Kanna in addition to other members including: Dr. Alaa Makki Abdul Razzaq, Dr. Mohammed Keyani Abdul Rahamn, MP Mohammed Salman Al-Saadi, Dr. Mohammed Iqbal Omar Al-Saidali, MP Khales Esho Estefo, MP Hassan Sleman Al-Bayati and MP Mohammed Khalil Qasim Al-Sinjari.

The Committee completed its work agenda on November 24, 2010 that included a number of important recommendations and demands put forth to be discussed in today’s meeting session of the Council of Representatives, which were endorsed unanimously by the Council.

Translated text of the report:

Leader of House of Representative
Committee to follow up on the Cases of Christian Targeting

The assigned committee held a meeting to put forth recommendations to the Parliament regarding targeting of Christians. The committee reported the following recommendations:

  1. House of Representatives to issue a statement addressing the Iraqi people and the International Community.

  2. Request to the Prime Minister to issue a statement to address the Iraqi people and the armed forces to confront Christian targeting and requesting the security forces to assume their responsibilities in protecting citizens and enforce the law and empower the government, protect the coherence of the society and the national unity, and categorize all threats as terrorist actions to enforce the law in addition to communicate with the international public opinion.

  3. Establish a center to follow up within the office of the commander and another center in the city center of Nineveh that includes Christian representatives in all responsible authorities that are assigned to follow up and resolve issues at hand.

  4. Unify the authority of the security and investigative forces in Baghdad and Nineveh and review the current situation in regards to the violations, absence of responsibility and hold irresponsible institutions accountable.

  5. Reopening of the investigation files related to the previous attacks, and organize committees to continue investigation especially in Our Lady of Salvation Church attack on October 31, 2010, reveal and punish criminals.

  6. Halt the municipality councils from using lands in Nineveh Plain that were taken under illegal and abusive practices that contradict with Article (23) of the Constitution and return the land to the original owners and issue a statement that prevent selling land and houses in Nineveh Plain to other than its original inhabitants, and halt authorization of selling under a threat in the rest of the cities in Iraq and resolve all related issues.

  7. a) Issue an order to establish a local police unit specialized in protecting townships in Nineveh Plain and to be organized from the local citizens of each township to protect the land and the people.
    b) Modify the authority of the worship shrines police and increase their numbers and equip them with modern weapons and gear to be organized as a specialized unit part of the Ministry of Interior and to be supported with additional forces at the current stage.

  8. a) Designate monetary relief for the families of wounded and martyrs and rebuild their damaged homes and properties.
    b) Designate monetary relief for the displaced families and provide proper housing and life necessities ASAP.

  9. Direct the Department of Religious Endowments to follow up with the worship shrines and especially during Friday prayers and religious ceremonies and develop educational programs aimed toward the coherence of the society in terms of religion, nationalism and patriotism in the country. At the same time the Iraqi media must bear responsibility in overcoming terrorism.

  10. a) Issue orders to ease the situation of the Christian and Yezidi workers and students in providing transportation, employment and to be welcomed in safer regions which they moved to.
    b) Provide a balance in the government departments especially in the security and military forces by employing new graduates from the Christians and other minority religions.
    c) Provide employment opportunities to the dismissed workers that were forced to leave their jobs after 2003 as a result of the security situation and continued threats.

    Under signed members of Parliament:

    Dr. Alaa Makki Abdul Razzaq
    Dr. Mohammed Keyani Abdul Rahamn
    MP Mohammed Salman Al-Saadi
    Dr. Mohammed Iqbal Omar Al-Saidali
    MP Khales Esho Estefo
    MP Hassan Sleman Al-Bayati
    MP Mohammed Khalil Qasim Al-Sinjari
    MP Yonadam Kanna
    November 24, 2010

    Below is the copy of the report which summarized the recommendations put forth that address the targeting attacks and demands urgent resolutions:


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