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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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The Assyrian Tragedy
 

 

The Mandates had earlier promised the League of Nations a just solution to the Assyrian question. Instead, they turned it into a tragedy. The League of Nations stopped monitoring the exodus of Assyrians. The Assyrians lost their representation in the League and international community. The British and French intelligentsia through their Ministry of Foreign Affairs represented the Assyrians and minority groups at the League Council. The Assyrians were classified as a minority and became known separately as Asouri, Ashouri, Athouri, Suraya, Suroyo, Syriani, Nestori, Chaldean, Jacobite and Arabi-Masihi (Arab Christian). The Assyrian people were decimated. They were divided into separate denominational groups and given different sectarian names. They were alienated from one another in a bid to minimize and understate the total count of the Assyrian population and lessen their political weight when the small figure was presented to the League Council. It has since been known, in several political circles, as the Assyrian tragedy.

Let the United Nations look at the deplorable state of the Assyrians now. Over 60% of its total population has been dispersed or forcibly evicted from their original dwellings and live in Diaspora. The United Nations still declines to reclassify the stricken Assyrians as displaced refugees. To restore to the Assyrian his original Assyrian identity, he would be classified as genuine refugee, entitled to, at least, his basic human rights through the UN and other international organizations and humanitarian agencies. The Assyrians since they lost their right of appeal to the defunct League of Nations as a homeless and abandoned people, the League Council classified them as subjects of the Islamic states of the Abode of Peace. The Assyrians are described as naturalized citizens of existing Islamic states. Their racial recognition as Assyrian in nationality has been officially nullified. World body defines the Assyrian as a naturalized subject of the state in which he happened to be at the time of creating Arab-Islamic states. By doing so, The West has since disengaged itself from any further responsibility towards the “Assyrian” so-called locals. To the world, Assyrians do not exist. Assyrians seeking assistance from the UN agencies are consistently referred to the Kordish offices in the north of Iraq. Otherwise, they are treated as locals. In the circumstances, the chance of making headway is 1 to 30.

 

 

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