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Syria : Assyrians ask for historical and political recognition

ICC Note

The letter says it is the “duty and responsibility of the Syrian state to guarantee Assyrians the right to citizenship and the other prerogatives offered by the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People”.

Damascus , 10 Syria (AKI) – An Assyrian group in Syria has sent an open letter to President Bashar al-Assad to recognise the Assyrian people as an “indigenous population” and to consider Syriac a “national language of Syria “.

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The letter says that recognition from the Syrian government as an indigenous population and their exercise of national and democratic rights would have “positive repercussions” and would “greatly reduce emigration of Assyrians and Christians from Syria .”

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The letter also stresses the importance of Syria as the “cradle of civilisation and religions” and how important it is not to attribute this fact solely to one specific national group.

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Moreover, the letter says it is the “duty and responsibility of the Syrian state to guarantee Assyrians the right to citizenship and the other prerogatives offered by the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

There are still some laws in Syria restricting Assyrians from certain positions in government and the imposition of certain Islamic laws, which according to them “contradicts the elementary principles of human liberties and rights.”

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