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William Ishaya Odisho

by Assyrian Information Management (AIM). December 04, 2011. | writings

Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 03:32 PM UTC

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) and William Ishaya Odisho, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations. Photo: XINHUA News Agency, November 22, 2011.

(AIM) — Dr. William Ishaya Odisho has been appointed by the United Nations Embassy in New York as the new Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations.

Dr. Odisho has been a life-long Assyrian activist and member of the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM, “Zowaa”) since the early 1990's.  In 2000, he became the editor-in-chief of Bahra newspaper and the executive officer of Ashur TV in Dohuk, effectively printing and broadcasting in both Arabic and Aramaic, the language of the indigenous Assyrian people in the Middle East.

William Ishaya OdishoIn 2006, Dr. Odisho established the Hammurabi Human Rights Organisation to focus on minority rights in Iraq and currently collaborates with Assyrian websites to promote awareness, recognition and support for Assyrians living in their ancestral homelands.

Dr. Odisho is married to Pascale Warda, the former Minister of Immigration and Refugees in the Iraqi Interim Government, they have two daughters, Shlama and Nishma.

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