Assyrian Awareness: Organizations Responses

To the Assyrian-Suryoye People and to the World Public

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2001 at 01:14 pm CT

From 1914 to 1920 the Ottoman Empire, together with Kurdish feudal families that served in the Hamidiye regiments and further allies in Mesopotamia and Anatolia, committed a Genocide against the Assyrian-Suryoyo people and on all other Christian peoples in Asia Minor. This Genocide was and is still one of the greatest crimes against humanity as it served as an example for all later crimes of this manner. In this Genocide, 750,000 Assyrians-Suryoye as well as millions of Armenians and Greeks were slaughtered indiscriminately and systematically. Men and defenceless women, children and the elderly all became victims of inconceivable Ottoman brutality.

This, however, only marks the beginning of the systematic and aggressive policies employed by the Ottoman Empire and its successor, the Turkish Republic, to destroy the historical and social roots of the Assyrians-Suryoye in Turkish Mesopotamia permanently. The Turkish Republic has uninterruptedly continued the use of these policies since its inception in 1923 at the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, in plain view of the entire international community. Our democratic, cultural and human rights have been suppressed and additionally the existence of our national identity is still denied – rather they call us “Semitic Turks„ or “Turco-Semites„.

The survivors of the Assyrian-Suryoye Genocide felt confronted with a permanent threat that had sentenced them to a much more painful silence and kept them from raising their voices before the world community. Although there have been Assyrian-Suryoyo personalities and groups that could not leave such an injustice untold and that tried to fight against its being silenced despite substantial repression, denial and destructive politics, their efforts were no more than a drop in the ocean.

The main reason behind this was a desolate political situation which was shaped by disorganisation and internal feuds. It is undoubtedly the result of the pragmatic politics of the GHB (Gabo d-Hirutho d-Bethnahrin) that the world public was informed of the requests of the Assyrian-Suryoyo people. This is a fact which must be accepted and generally recognised. The bigger the circle of our people is around the GHB the louder and unmistakably its requests shall be noticed by the world public and those responsible will be forced to do something in response to it. Presently, in many countries and on international platforms the problems, the injustices and the Genocide of our people are discussed with the aim of finding a fair solution for the dramatic and traumatic experiences of the Assyrian-Suryoyo people.

With the development of the GHB a tough resistance movement was created among our people. The resistant culture of the GHB has produced new hope. New courage, pride and honor within the Assyrian-Suryoyo people are also the results of this process. With this new energy the Assyrian-Suryoyo nation can mobilise itself with an intensity that has similarly surprised friend and enemy. The consciousness of a national identity could be recovered in this way. This fight has influenced both the entire Middle East and the masses of the world public. This prooves our national and social strength.

The intended activities for the 86th anniversary of the Genocide are prepared and carried out under the leadership of the GHB at different places in Europe. Organisations, institutions and the general public have been informed and mobilised concerning this. Through this we ask our entire nation to participate in the hungerstrikes, demonstrations, meetings, seminars and conferences and in other activities in order that we may raise our voices against those who tolerate this injustice to this day and still close their eyes and ears to the truth. Closeness to the martyrs of our people must be proven in all areas of our lives.

(Gabo d´Hirutho d´Bethnahrin)
Central committee, April 5, 2001.

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