Syriac Union Party releases public statement on 109th anniversary of Sayfo Genocide

BETH NAHRIN — On the 109th anniversary of the Sayfo Genocide, the Syriac Union Party (SUP) in Syria issued a public statement reflecting on the historical and ongoing impacts of the atrocity. The statement began by outlining the causes of the genocide, emphasizing the Ottoman Empire’s ambition to create a homogeneous state with one religion, one nationality, and one language.

The party highlighted that the Turkish state, which emerged from the remnants of the Ottoman Empire, has perpetuated similar racist policies against non-Turkish communities. It criticized the enactment of unjust laws targeting Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans), Armenians, and Greeks.

The statement underscored that the Sayfo Genocide remains a central issue for the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, who suffered tremendous demographic, economic, and social losses during the genocide. Despite these challenges, the party noted significant progress in gaining international recognition for the Sayfo through persistent diplomatic efforts.

The Syriac Union Party called for continued solidarity and advocacy to ensure justice for the victims and acknowledgment of the atrocities committed against their communities.