Bethnahrain Patriotic Union issues a statement on anniversary of ISIS invasion of Nineveh Plains

ANKAWA, Iraq — With the 7th anniversary of the invasion of Nineveh Plains by the Islamic State (ISIS) and the mass displacement of the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people, the Bethnahrain Patriotic Union (Huyodo d-Bethnahrin Athroyo, HBA) issued a statement in which it recalled the numerous crimes — including intimidation, murder, and dispossession of lands — committed against the native inhabitants of Nineveh Plains.

From 2003 until 2014, the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people have suffered more than 1,200 martyrs, lost 90% of the jobs once held in Iraqi state institutions, and have been was deprived of sovereign positions in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), said the statement. They have been left with only a representation embodied in one minster and five parliamentarians that work for larger political blocs.

The HBA called on the United Nations to act and take a clear position on the crimes that the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people have been subjected to for over a century and advocate for their autonomy.

The statement concluded with a pledge to continue the political struggle with a patriotic, national, and humanitarian approach until the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people obtain their rights in Iraq and social justice is achieved.