IRAQ: Soraya Foundation for Culture and Media celebrates 9th anniversary of founding

ANKAWA, Iraq — The Soraya Foundation for Culture and Media celebrated the 9th anniversary of its founding this week. The date coincides with the 30th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious, and Linguistic Minorities.

On the occasion, the Soraya Foundation, in cooperation with the Chaldean Culture Association and the Iraqi Center for Diversity and Citizenship, held a dialogue session at Ur Hall of the Chaldean Association in Ankawa district.

The session was attended by personalities from various ethnic groups and minorities, civil society activists in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and a large number of Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian public

The attendees discussed the role of Iraqi minorities in public life and ways to protect their rights through special laws under the Iraqi constitution, especially Article 125 which stipulates the cultural, administrative, and political rights of the Iraqi ethnic groups.

They also talked about the reasons for the emigration of religious minorities, including the seizure of their property and agricultural lands and the exploitation of influential people.

The session ended with a vote on a proposal to name Ankawa as “the 2023 city of harmony and diversity in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq”. The attendees proposed that the project be developed by the Soraya Foundation and the participating organizations and then presented to the concerned authorities.