European Syriac Union celebrates 19th anniversary, vows to continue advocacy for rights of Syriac people

BRUSSELS — On Monday, the European Syriac Union (ESU) released a statement commemorating the 19th anniversary of its founding during an event in Brussels. The statement emphasized the ESU’s unwavering dedication to addressing the concerns and advocating for the rights of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, both in their homeland and abroad.

The event was attended by various political, social, and cultural figures representing the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community, along with supporters and activists from across Europe.

Reflecting on its journey, the ESU highlighted its inception in Brussels on 15 May 2004, as a pivotal platform for the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, serving as a bridge to advance their rights in their historic homeland of Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia) and among the diaspora.

The statement underscored the ESU’s role as the primary voice for the Syriac people, particularly within the European Union, addressing their concerns throughout nearly two decades since its establishment. Notably, the ESU has been actively involved in advocating for the rights of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community during the ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria, and the wider Middle East, notably amidst the challenging period of hostilities under the control of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the region.

Expressing gratitude to colleagues, supporters, and advocates who have stood alongside them in their struggle, the ESU reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to continue fighting until the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people’s national and individual rights are fully recognized.