‘A FUTURE FOR CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ’ CONFERENCE, 28-30 June, 2017
European Parliament, Brussels – a brief update on this significant and necessary meeting of Iraq’s Christian church leaders, politicians and NGOs:
As our FRRME supporters know, the Iraqi Christian population has decreased from 1.5 million in 2003 to around 300,000 today. Furthermore, 3 years of IS violence has meant Christians in Iraq, along with minorities such as Yezidis and Shabaks have not suffered mere persecution. The European Parliament, along with The White House, the US State Department, the U.K. House of Commons and several others have designated the atrocities committed by IS as no less than genocide.
SIGNING OF BRUSSELS PAPER on Friday 30th June 2017:
60 representatives from Iraqi Christian parties, leading Iraqi church bishops and ministers, KRG, Yezidis, Turkmen, Ka’kai, as well as NGOs, including FRRME who are a sponsoring partner, along with representatives from the EPP Group, EU (the largest political group in the European Parliament) and US State Dept witnessed the presentations from candidates, followed by a signing of a joint position paper on reconstruction, the right to return, reconciliation, security and the possibility of a Governate (not autonomy, self-rule or external force). Both the Ambassador of Iraq to the EU Dr Jawad Al-Hindawy representing Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Fawzi Harrison, Personal Representative of HE President Barzani gave presentations in support of the unique and vital part that Iraqi Christians contribute to a united Iraq, whether residing in the Kurdistan region, Baghdad or in the Nineveh Plain.
Lars Adaktusson MEP restated that the demands of Iraqi Christians of the right to live in their own homes freely, safely with the opportunity to follow their Christian faith as equal citizens in Iraqi society were just, legal and fair.
This all happened at a key time in Iraqi history. As Dr Jawad Al-Hindawy stated the 29 June 2017 marked the end of the IS caliphate, the ‘establishment of demise’ as the siege of Mosul came to an end. This is exactly 3 years to the day that the caliphate was declared in the Great Mosque in Mosul.
Video of signing of Brussels paper by:
Beth Nahrain Democratic Party, Beth Nahrain Patriotic Union, Chaldean Democracy Forum, Chaldean National Congress, Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council, Chaldon Ashor and Syriac Assembly Movement witnessed by Lars Adaktusson MEP, EPP Group and Johannes de Jong, Sallux.
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