Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties in Iraq demand protection of land rights in Nineveh Plains

NINEVEH PLAINS, Iraq — Five Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian political parties in Iraq issued a statement urging government agencies to take immediate action to prevent the illegal sale of land and real estate in Nineveh Plains to individuals outside the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community. Such transactions are unconstitutional and contradictory to the decision made by the Iraqi Federal Court, according to the statement.

The parties — Assyrian Patriotic Party, the Bethnahrain Patriotic Union (Huyodo d-Bethnahrin Athroyo), Abnaa al-Nahrain, the Assyrian Democratic Movement (Zowaa), and the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian Popular Council — called upon Iraqi government officials to confront efforts to carry out demographic changes in Nineveh Plains. These actions are seen as direct attacks on the presence of our people in this area.

The statement emphasized the need for the establishment of new municipal divisions and administrative units within Nineveh Plains. This measure aims to facilitate fair distribution of land based on local origins and administrative registration, improve service provision, develop infrastructure, and alleviate the pressures faced by our people. Currently, these areas are subjected to unjust demographic changes and land seizures under false and baseless pretexts, said the parties.

The statement also urged the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian people across different regions to prepare for mass action in the near future to protest all forms of discriminatory practices that undermine the fundamental principles of fraternity, peaceful coexistence, and genuine national partnership.