World Council of Churches calls for accountability on 109th anniversary of Sayfo Genocide

AMSTERDAM — Marking the 109th anniversary of the 1915 Sayfo Genocide committed against the Christian peoples in the territory of the Ottoman Empire, the World Council of Churches highlighted the moral obligation to remember humanity’s historical tendency towards genocide, noting the resurgence of such tragic tendencies in recent times.

In its statement, the World Council of Churches emphasized that alongside the Armenian genocide, the early 20th century was marked by acts of genocide against the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) and Greek communities. The Council underscored the silence and denial faced by the victims of these genocides and their descendants, stressing the importance of acknowledging their suffering.

As the anniversary is observed, the World Council of Churches commemorated the victims of the Sayfo and called for holding the perpetrators accountable to prevent the recurrence of such atrocities in the present and future.