A 1,0000 member election commission
is being chosen to represent the various
constituencies from which elections will be
ultimately carried out.
Reports reaching Baghdad show a grim
picture of blatant discrimination agains the
indigenous Assyrian Christians in the areas of Dohuk
`To date we have confirmed 51
Assyrian delegates out of the total 1,000` says Amir
George of the Assyrian Assistance Center in Baghdad.
`The reports we are receiving
directly from the area are telling us that that the
names the Assyrian Christian Community has turned
in for inclusion in the election commission have all
been rejected by the Kurdish Regional Government
authorities. While we confirm the details we are
calling upon freedom loving peoples worldwide to
protest in the strongest way possible this blatant
attempt to shut us out of the electoral process.`
The Assyrian Christians are the
indigenous people of Iraq and Christians. They face
blatant discrimination first because they are not
Arab, then because they are not Moslem and again
because they are seen as allies of the West.
`While we confirm the reports we are
doing all we can to demand that we be accorded
representation in accordance with our status as the
indigenous people of Iraq` says Assyrian Christian
activist Robert Isaac.
`During the time of Saddam Hussein
the Assyrian Christian Population was given as 2.5
million. That should give us a minimum of 100 seats
out of the 1,000 member assembly` he says.
`What is particularly worrying about
these reports is that it appears they are trying to
put their own people in our place instead of those
chosen by our community.`
As details begin to be confirmed
over the coming days there is expected to be a
strong effort to have the plans reversed.
Assyrianchristians.com has confirmed
directly with Iraqi Government officials who flatly
stated for the record that `the Assyrian Christians
as the indigenous people of Iraq shall have the
representatives of their choice and any difficulties
they may encounter will be fought to the full extent
of the law. Please give us the details so we can
ensure that this important and historic Iraqi
community can be part of the process` said the Iraqi
If confirmed the attempt to deny the
Assyrian Christians their voting rights will simply
be a part of a long history of discrimination,
ethnic cleansing and genocide endure by one of the
last remaining Christian populations in the Middle
East in an area that has seen non-moslem numbers
fall from nearly 18% according to some figures a
generation ago to now under 2%.
`We call upon the international
community to protest in the strongest way possible
to their local Iraqi Embassy that the rights of the
Assyrian Christians be protected.` says George.