Assyrians hail addition of 9 churches in Mardin to UNESCO list

Publication Date: 10/5/2021

Source: Duvar

Turkey’s Assyrians have welcomed the recent addition of nine churches and monasteries in the southeastern Mardin province to UNESCO's World Heritage Tentative List.

Evgin Türker, president of the Federation of Assyrian Foundations, said that the move will help with the protection of these ancient sites and that they are expecting UNESCO to include them in the permanent list of World Heritage Sites.

“There were close to 300 monasteries in this region. Most of them have been damaged, destroyed. Monasteries that are under the UNESCO protection are still standing tall and people are still living at those places,” Türker told Voice of America's (VOA) Turkish service on May 9.

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President Sisi greets Egyptian Copts expats on Easter

Publication Date: 29/4/2021

Source: Egypt Today

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El Sisi greeted, Thursday Egyptian Copts living abroad on the occasion of the Easter.

In a cable published by Egyptian embassies and consulates on their official social media pages, the president also prayed to Allah to protect them, Egypt and the whole world.

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Journalist Uzay Bulut Unveils Turkey’s Genocidal Past, Ongoing Human Rights Violations

Author: Jackie Abramian

Publication Date: 24/4/2021

Source: Forbes

Today U.S. President, Joe Biden formally recognized the massacre of Armenians by the Turkish Ottoman Empire during WWI as an act of genocide, as Armenians worldwide commemorate the 1915 Genocide of 1.5 million Armenians.

Turkey is a “dictatorship” that harshly penalizes citizens for criticizing the military, the Turkish nation, president, government institutions, or national heroes, says journalist Uzay Bulut. In an era of ‘alternative facts’ Bulut upholds truth and justice for the oppressed minorities in her homeland of Turkey by defying the autocratic government. Endangering her own safety and living in self-imposed exile is the sacrifice for continuing to unearth and publish articles on Turkey’s genocidal past and ongoing human rights violations.

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Egypt's Christians fearful after IS killing in Sinai

Publication Date: 22/4/2021

Source: Al-Monitor

The latest killing of a Christian man in Sinai by the Islamic State has brought back to Egypt's Christians memories of past attacks on churches by the terrorist group, even as the Coptic Orthodox Church appeared defiant.

Fear is reigning among Egypt's Christians following the killing of a coreligionist by a branch of the Islamic State (IS) in northern Sinai.

Nabil Habashi was shot and killed by IS Sinai after the terrorist organization accused him of collaborating with the Egyptian army and police fighting its militants in Sinai.

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For Turkey’s Armenians, Biden’s Genocide Declaration Makes Little Difference

Author: Liz Cookman

Publication Date: 29/4/2021

Source: Foreign Policy

Armed with a large, shiny key, Sahak Tavukcu, the caretaker of Surp Hresdagabet Church, is one of the last Armenians remaining in Istanbul’s Balat neighborhood. The area was once home to a cluster of minorities such as Armenians, Greeks, and Jews. Today, however, the district’s residents are predominantly conservative Muslims, and Balat itself has attracted anti-Armenian sentiment, even though most Armenians left the neighborhood years ago.

According to the Turkish Armenian patriarchate, around 60,000 ethnic Armenians remain in Turkey, mostly in and around Istanbul, a far cry from the over a million Armenians who called it home before the tragic events of 1915-1917, when the Ottoman Empire led hundreds of thousands of Armenians on forced marches from the capital to the Syrian desert, saying they needed to be resettled for military reasons. Between 600,000 and 1.5 million Armenians died due to massacres, murders, or ill treatment.

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Algerian Christians Proselytizing Appeal Delayed

Publication Date: 28/4/2021

Source: Persecution - International Christian Concern

Algerian Christians Pastor Rachid Seighir and his bookshop assistant Nouh Hamami had their court hearing back one month and will now appeal their two-year prison sentences on May 16. On February 27, the two men were convicted in absentia of proselytizing and sentenced to two years in prison and fined. They were supposed to have their cases heard on April 18.

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Orthodox Christians in Turkey mark Easter

Publication Date: 3/5/2021

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

Most Orthodox Christians in Turkey celebrated Easter at home this year due to the 17-day pandemic lockdown, but limited number of faithful were able to attend the church services under strict rules.

In Turkey’s southeastern Mardin province, only a few Syriac Orthodox Christians gathered in the fourth-century Kırklar Church on May 2, in line with measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

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Assyrian Syriac powers looking to unify positions for future of Syria

Author: Mohammed Hardan

Publication Date: 19/4/2021

Source: Al Monitor

Along the lines of the inter-Kurdish talks, Syria’s Syriacs and Assyrians appear to be joining hands in holding an internal dialogue to unify their vision and national discourse in the country.

A few months ago, three Syriac Christian groups launched an inter-Syriac dialogue in a bid to unify their national Syriac and Assyrian discourse and offer a common vision for the future of Syria.

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Sisi says Muslim, Copts ‘one fabric’ despite ‘spiteful people’s hate’

Publication Date: 2/5/2021

Source: Ahram Online

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday said Egyptian Muslims and Copts have been “one fabric” throughout ages despite “spiteful people’s hate”.

The president, in a Facebook post, extended greetings to the Egyptian people on Easter and Sham El-Nessim, scheduled for Sunday and Monday respectively.

“I greet the great people of Egypt on the occasions of Sham El-Nessim celebrations and the Easter Sunday, which reflect the unity of this nation and the cohesion of its people”.

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Syrian Christians celebrate Easter amid pandemic

Source: Zaman Al Wasl

Syrian Christians gathered Sunday in a church in Damascus amidst a second Easter under coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

Church goers wore masks and attempted to social distance in one of the biggest Christian holidays of the year.

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