Delegation from Bethnahrin National Council participates in lecture on Treaty of Lausanne

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — On the 99th anniversary of the Treaty of Lausanne, signed in the wake of World War I, a lecture on the history and repercussions of the treaty was held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Participating in the lecture event was a delegation from the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) and several Kurdish political parties.

The Treaty of Lausanne deprived many peoples of their rights, according to speakers at the event. A representative of a Kurdish political party spoke about Turkey’s policies that deprive minority peoples in the country of their national rights, including the Kurdish, Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean), and other peoples.

On behalf of the MUB Presidential Body, Sobhi Aksoy spoke in Kurdish about the repercussions of Lausanne on the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people.

Speaking on behalf of the European Syriac Union (ESU), Shleymon Rhawi touched on the history of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, stating that before Lausanne the leadership in Turkey was based on the genocide of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) and other peoples and those leaders present today are also responsible for the Sayfo Genocide.

Rhawi spoke about the struggle of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) and Kurdish peoples in securing their rights.

He concluded:

“If the rights of the Syriac people are not secured, the rights of the Kurdish people will not be secured. And if the rights of the Kurdish people are not secured, the rights of the Syriac people will not be secured, either.”