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Terrorism in Assyria
by Bahra News | Assyrian Democratic Movement
Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000 06:34 pm CST


BET-NAHREN, Iraq (BAHRA) -- On the 6th of January a bomb exploded at the door steps of father Zomaya Yusip who resides at the 7th of Nisan area in Arbil. Fortunately there were no casualties, his son, brother Youash cleverly avoided the explosion which caused monetary damages only.

This latest explosion comes in the midst of few similar ones in Arbil in less than a month, to mention is the one planted at the Nuns Home in the Al-Mal'ab area and another at the front door of Mr. Salman Toma Khoshaba in Al-Iskan area.

Need to remind the reader to the first explosion which happened in Tterawa area on December 9, 1998, which resulted in the death of Nasreen Shaba and her daughter Larsa Toma.

These continuous attempts which are directed towards our Assyrian people specifically, have not, yet, been linked to any particular group and their real motives yet to be revealed. We deplore these criminal acts and horrifying actions which undermind the existance of our people in the country and is intended to plant hatred and resentment in the Assyrian community, and we demand that the authorities try harder to uncover those responsible and to bring them to justice.

Arbil, January 7, 1999 - Assyrian Democratic Movement "Zowaa"

24-hour "Hot Line" for Reporting Human Rights Violations

In 1994, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights established a Human Rights Hot Line, a 24-hour facsimile line that will allow the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to monitor and react rapidly to human rights emergencies. The Hot Line is available to victims of human rights violations, their relatives and non-governmental organizations. The Hot Line fax number in Geneva, Switzerland is 41-22-917-0092.

In addition, a Human Rights Database has been created in Geneva to gather information for use by special rapporteurs who are responsible for investigating questions such as religious intolerance, torture, racism and freedom of expression. The new database contains information that will eventually be available by modem or other electronic means to human rights rapporteurs and experts worldwide.

United Nations Centre for Human Rights
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Fax: 41 22 917 0213

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