SUA at UN Office in Geneva,
Mor Gabriel Case & Intimidations in Tur 'Abdin
Johny MessoJuly 17, 2010 at 2:14pm
This is a brief update on activities by the Syriac Universal Alliance (SUA), in addition to an earlier message:
1. SUA PROJECT AT COUNCIL OF EUROPE HEADQUARTERS IN STRASBOURG: Last week's anounced project, entitled "First International Aramean Young Leadership Training Programme: The Road to the Future" (30 Aramean participants from 10 different countries), will take place at the headquarters of -- and by the much-appreciated support of -- the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France) during a full week in June 2011. More information and details will follow in due course.
2. SUA AT UN OFFICE IN GENEVA: The SUA also announced Mr. Basil Oezkaya (Germany) and Ms. Shamiram Youssef (Sweden), two of the SUA's UN NGO Delegates, as participants in the Third Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations office in Geneva from 12-16 July. After the weekend, a report of their successful activities will follow with photos as well as the oral statement on "Active participation of Indigenous Peoples in decision-making processes" submitted to this important forum by the SUA.
3. MOR GABRIEL COURT TRIAL ONCE AGAIN POSTPONED: On Wednesday 14 July 2010, the SUA issued a press release about the court trial held in relation to one of the several Mor Gabriel Monastery trials in Midyat, Southeast-Turkey. Not surprisingly, this court case has been postponed once again, this time to 3 November 2010. For surprising and annoying elements, however, read the whole press release at http://www.facebook.com/l/52237k05WZeI0 ... edia&bb=27 (at the bottom there is a link to the original press release in PDF format).
4. ALARMING ANTI-ARAMEAN (SYRIAC) INTIMIDATIONS IN SOUTHEAST-TURKEY: Yesterday, on Friday 16 July 2010, the SUA issued another press release. This time about alarming anti-Christian and anti-Aramean activities that are increasingly taking place lately in the Tur ‘Abdin region in Southeast-Turkey. Two acts of vandalism, by Muslim extremists who aim to deter the last remnant of the indigenous Christian Arameans in their ancestral homeland, concern the over 1,700-year-old Cathedral in Nisibin and the more than 1,600-year-old Mor Gabriel Monastery. For more information and photos that contain anti-Christian and pro-Islamic slogans, see http://www.facebook.com/l/522376OLfHWqp ... edia&bb=28 (at the bottom there is a link to the original press release in PDF format).
With all the best wishes,
Syriac Universal Alliance