30/12/2020

Former Iraqi MP Joseph Sliwa: Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians subjected to demographic change by Iraqi parties

BAGHDAD — During a televised interview, former Member of Iraqi Parliament Joseph Sliwa indicated that Christian Chaldeans–Syriacs–Assyrians still fear the return of the Islamic State (ISIS), even after nearly six years of liberation.

“The Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian citizens do not feel secure for neither their life nor their rights across all of Iraq,” said Sliwa.

Silwa pointed out that ethnic and religious discrimination persists throughout the country, including in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). This racism is dangerous, he said, stressing that history will not be merciful with those who betrayed their issue or their people, alluding to silence over the encroachment of the dominant Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on the territory and political autonomy of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrians in the KRI.

In response to a question about attempts at intentional demographic changes targeting Christians and Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrians across Iraq, Sliwa emphasized that demographic change is actively being pursued by Shia and Kurdish authorities, especially in northern Iraq.

“Demographic change is also practiced in Nineveh Plains and the provinces in which they are located,” Sliwa added. “Nineveh Plains were divided into northern and southern regions.”