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Assyrian Martyrs Day Commemoration, Sydney, Australia 2012

Aug-14-2012 at 09:32 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

Assyrian Martyrs Day Commemoration in Sydney, Australia 2012.
Assyrian Martyrs Day Commemoration, Sydney, Australia 2012
by Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA).
Press Release: August 12, 2012.

“So that my father's past
does not become my son's future. We shall never forget.”

Assyrian Martyrs Day Commemoration in Sydney, Australia 2012
by: Heather Tamson. Sydney – August 12, 2012.

The Assyrian community commemorated Martyrs and Genocide day at the State Parliament of New South Wales on Tuesday 7th August 2012.

The Assyrian Universal Alliance Australian Chapter (AUA) together with the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (AIHGS) welcomed guest speakers and historical researchers on ethnic minorities, Dr. Racho Donef and Stavros Stavridis.

Hosted by MP Andrew Rohan, the event held speeches from local politicians MP Craig Kelly, MLC Honourable David Clarke and Rev the MLC Honourable Fred Nile.

Dr. Racho Donef said the Assyrian genocide is surrounded by a century of struggle and denialism.

“The Turkish state convinced itself more or less that denialism is the only path to follow,” he said.

Although it is customary to refer to the genocide of 1915, the backgrounds of the massacres go back to at least 30 years.

Guest speaker Stavros Stavridis viewed Australian documents and press accounts of Assyrian history during 1914-1935.

“Assyrians have suffered extremely on the hands of the perpetrators, it is time for Turkey to stop playing games that these things didn’t happen, all you need to do if you exclude all the Assyrian, Greek, Armenian and German documents, is to look into the State Department Documents, one after one shows clear evidence that there was a deliberate act of genocide,” he said.

AUA Deputy Secretary General Hermiz Shahen said as a result of the Ottoman Empire’s ethnic cleansing during World War 1, millions of indigenous ethnic souls perished.

Mr. Shahen called on members of Federal and State parliaments to support the motion to recognize the Assyrian, Armenian and Greek genocide.

“At least 750,000 Assyrians, 1.5 million Armenians and 500,000 Greeks were killed from the Pontos region,” he said.

Members of parliament were in full support of the Assyrian plea and to help those still living in the Middle East.

Assyrian Church of the East priests and AUA members joined at the Assyrian genocide monument in Bonnyrigg earlier Tuesday morning.

The Assyrian people held a prayer ceremony dedicated to the victims of the genocide.

International guest and film maker Andre Anton premiered his latest documentary Defying Deletion.

The Australian premier of the short film Defying Deletion has been screened at the Sydney Parliament House and was shown to the public on Sunday 12 August at Hoyt’s Theatre in Wetherill Park with the presence of Mr. Andrew Rohan MP and Mr. Guy Zangari, MP.

“We will help the Assyrian people as much as we can,” said Mr. Zangari.

“We praise all the hard work and dedication from the AUA, he said.

The multi-award winning film shows the struggles that the indigenous people of Iraq are facing today.

Mr. Anton said “If the United States and other countries fail to assist Assyrians in securing their human rights and assuring their survival in their ancient homeland, I fear that Assyrians will disappear from the world”.

“We are looking to premier the film to the European Union.” He said.

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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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