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The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide

by Seyfo Center. March 03, 2020.

Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2020 at 07:28 PM UT


The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide.

The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide.

The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide.

The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide.

The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide.

The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide.

The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide

The State of Arizona Recognizes the Assyrian Genocide

To our dear friends in Arizona and abroad — we did it!

Today, March 3rd, 2020 the Arizona House of Representatives in a unanimous vote passed the HCR 2006 Assyrian Genocide: Remembrance Day. This resolution was introduced by Representative Nancy Barto (R) and brought to fruition by The Assyrian Genocide Research Center (Seyfo Center). HCR 2006 Assyrian Genocide: Remembrance Day was also co-sponsored by Representatives Jennifer Jermaine (D) and Frank Carroll (R). SEYFO Center is forever thankful to these amazing representatives for their courage and compassion!

We would also like to dedicate this resolution to the phenomenal Assyrian American community of Arizona. Without you, we could not have done it. You wrote hundreds of letters to your representatives. Over 20 Assyrian organizations voiced their support from here and abroad. And yes, those of you who wrote from overseas, who shared our posts and our call to action letter, this is also dedicated to you. Lastly, to our many nameless and faceless guardian angels who wish to remain anonymous; thank you for your tireless work!

In an unprecedented effort, and with a unified voice, we were able to document our history for the first time in the state of Arizona. United we stand!

For details please see the link (please allow for lag time for new updates):

https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview?SessionID=122

We will work on Simele next!

May God bless you and our representatives!

SEYFO Center
The Assyrian Genocide Research Center 
  
https://www.seyfocenter.com/
Seyfo Center, AZ
P.O. Box 45481
Phoenix, AZ 85064


HCR 2006
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REFERENCE TITLE: Assyrian Genocide; remembrance day

State of Arizona
House of Representatives
Fifty-fourth Legislature
Second Regular Session
2020

HCR 2006
Introduced by
Representatives Barto: Carroll, Jermaine

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ASSYRIAN GENOCIDE AND PROCLAIMING AUGUST 7,
2020 AS ASSYRIAN REMEMBRANCE DAY IN ARIZONA.

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

HCR 2006

Whereas, Assyrians, an ethnic minority group, are the indigenous people of Mesopotamia who have lived in the Middle East since ancient times, including in what is today Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria; and

Whereas, Assyrians, also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs, today live around the world, including more than 600,000 in the United States and tens of thousands in Arizona; and

Whereas, between 1914 and 1923, the Assyrian Genocide occurred, during which the Ottoman Empire murdered more than 300,000 Assyrian men, women and children by methods that included mass executions, death marches, torture and starvation; and

Whereas, during the Assyrian Genocide, also known as the Seyfo Genocide, the Ottoman Turks and their Kurdish allies also systematically raped and enslaved Assyrian women and girls, forced the Assyrians from their ancestral lands and pillaged and destroyed their communities; and

Whereas, the massacre of more than two million Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and other Christian and religious minority populations represented the final culmination of a series of violent persecutions dating back to the late 1800s; and

Whereas, this year marks the 105th anniversary of the Armenian, Assyrian and Greek genocides of 1915, which were part of the planned eradication of those indigenous communities by the Ottoman Turkish Empire, yet to this day Turkey has still not recognized these genocides; and

Whereas, the denial of genocide is widely recognized as the final stage of genocide, maintaining impunity for the perpetrators of these atrocities and demonstrably paving the way for future genocides; and

Whereas, the resilience and endurance of the Assyrian people is commendable and praiseworthy, despite being victims of an ethnocide that the Islamic State continues today; and

Whereas, the State of Arizona is a global leader of human rights, including recognizing and repudiating crimes against humanity. It is fitting that the people of this state honor the victims of the Assyrian Genocide.

Therefore

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona,
the Senate concurring:

  1. That the Members of the Legislature recognize the Assyrian Genocide of 1915 as a genocide and reprehensible crime against humanity.
  2. That the Members of the Legislature honor the memory of the hundreds of thousands of Assyrians who were murdered during the Assyrian Genocide of 1915.
  3. That the Members of the Legislature proclaim August 7, 2020 as Assyrian Remembrance Day in the State of Arizona.

Amerika’nın Arizona Eyaleti Asur (Süryani) Soykırımını tanıdı

Evet, başardık!

Bugün, 3 Mart 2020 tarihinde, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Arizona  Eyaleti oybirliğiyle  sunulan HCR 2006 kodundaki  Asur (Süryani) Soykırım önergesini kabul etti.

Asur soykırımı Seyfo tasarısı, Parlamento temsilcileri  Nancy Barto (R), Jennifer Jermaine (D) ve Frank Carroll (R) tarafından önerildi. SEYFO Center kurumu olarak, aylardır yılmadan, yorulmadan ismi geçen temsilcilerle çalıştık.  Bilgiler sunduk ve talepte bulunduk. Bunun karşılığını gördük. Hepsine desteklerinden dolayı teşekür ederiz.

Bu karar Arizona Eyaleti olmak üzere Amerika ve dünyadaki bütün halkımıza armağan ediyoruz. Hayırlı olsun!

Bu mühteşem kararın alınmasında emeği geçen bütün halkımıza ve halkımızın dostlarına teşekkür ederiz. Arkamızda böylesi bir desteğimiz olmasaydı bizler bu uzun soluklu mücadeleyi tek başımıza başaramazdık. Bu  yüzden bu başarı tek başına SEYFO Center’in değildir; ancak bütün halkımızındır. Gerek Arizona’dan gerekse de dünyanın bir çok bölgesinden bize imzalarıyla, dualarıyla destek olan herkese bir kez daha teşekür borçluyuz.

Sayısı 20’den fazla kurum SEYFO Center’e destek vererek bu kararın alınmasında etkili oldu.  Hükümet yetkililerine mektup gönderip SEYFO Center’e desteklerini belirtiler. Son olarak destek sunan ancak isminin anılmasını istemeyen bir çok şahsiyete tekrar teşekür ederiz. Önerdiğimiz karar taslağında 1933 Simele katliamı da vardı. Ancak bu paragraf soykırım karar önergesi sunulduğunda metinden anlamadığımız bir nedenden dolayı çıkartıldı. Ancak şunun bilinmesini önemle vurgulamak isteriz.  Bütün tarihimiz bizim için önemlidir. Simele katliamını unutmadık, unutmayacağız! En kısa zamanda aynı şekilde Simele katliamınında kabul edilmesi için çalışmaya koyulacağız.

İlk defa Arizona Eyaletinde, eşi görülmemiş bir soluk, çaba ve mücadaleyle tarihimizi belgeledik.  Asur (Süryani) Soykırımı kabul edildi.

Bütün halkımıza tekrar hayırlı olsun!

Türkiye Cumhuriyeti halkımıza karşı gerçekleştirdiği soykırımı unutturmaya çalıişıyor. Ancak buna izin vermiyeceğiz!

Ayrıntılar için lütfen ayrıntılar için aşağıdaki linke bakınız ancak linkteki bılgileri yenilemleri bir gün alabilir:

https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview?SessionID=122

SEYFO Center
The Assyrian Genocide Research Center

https://www.seyfocenter.com




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