Alrafedain

Al-Rafidain Coalition – 144 Campaign and Political Platform

To achieve the aspirations of our people for settlement, prosperity and civil peace, to strengthen national partnership, and to ensure rights and freedoms; is what we work on and as follows: 1) To increase the efforts to return the displaced people to their areas, rehabilitate and reconstruct their homes and infrastructure of the cities and towns that were destroyed by the terrorist group (ISIS) and then during the liberation war. To compensate the affected citizens and support the development process in their areas to provide employment opportunities and launch national and community reconciliation campaigns. 2) To disseminate a culture of tolerance, dialogue and the acceptance of the others on the principle of citizenship and loyalty to the homeland. To activate…

DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL YACOOB GEWARGIS MEETS WITH ASSYRIAN INSTITUTIONS IN WIESBADEN, GERMANY

ssyrian Democratic Movement Deputy-Secretary General MP Yacoob Gewargis Yaco met with a number of Assyrian national institutions in Wiesbaden, Germany. The meeting included Assyrian Democratic Organization, Assyrian International Union, Bet Nahrain Democratic Party, Bet Nahrain Assyrian Foundation, and several community figures. During the meeting, they reviewed the following: general politics in the homeland, the situation of our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people and the Nineveh Plain, including preparations for Iraqi National Elections. The participants exchanged views on the topics in which MP Yacoob G Yaco presented Movement’s views on the situation and future direction post-elections. In addition, Mr. Yacoob elaborated on the need of achieving the establishment of the Nineveh Plain Province. In turn allowing our people to enjoy rights within…

MP Yonadam Kanna met with H.B. Mar Meelis Zaia in Sydney

The Assyrian Democratic Movement’s Secretary General and Member of the Iraqi Parliament Yonadam Kanna met with the Assyrian Church of the East’s Metropolitan of Australia, New Zeland, and Lebanon H.B. Mar Meelis Zaia. The meeting took place in Mar Meelis’s residence in Elizabeth Hills, Sydney on March 17, 2018. Mr. Kanna was accompanied by one of the Movement’s Senior Officials Mr. Immanuel Sada alongside several members of the Sector. he two sides discussed important issues concerning our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people, consisting of challenges facing the Iraq post-liberation and remnants of terrorism in certain areas. MP Kanna briefly discussed the general political scenario in the country, the upcoming electoral process scheduled for May 12, 2018, and the important role our…

MP Yonadam Kanna met with Archbishop Mar Emil Nona in Sydney

Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, MP Yonadam Kanna met with the Patriarchal Vicar of the Chaldean Church of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, Archbishop Mar Emil Nona, in his residence of Poseley Park, Sydney on March 17, 2018. MP Kanna was accompanied by Mr. Immanuel Sada (senior official of the Movement) along with several members of the ADM. he two sides discussed many issues concerning the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people as well as the issue of displaced people. Additionally, the group discussed ways of returning the displaced to their homes and provide security, safety, stability, and compensation. MP Kanna discussed the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for May and the importance of educating our people in Diaspora…

MP Yacoob Gewargis Yaco meets with Deputy Speaker of the British Parliament and Chairman of the Defense Committee.

As part of his tour within the delegation of the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to Britain, which is headed by Dr. Jaafar Ibrahim (Deputy Speaker of Parliament) MP Yacoob Gewargis Yaco (Head of Al-Rafidain List in the Parliament of the Northern Region of Iraq) met with Ms. Zoe Winterton (Deputy Speaker of the British Parliament) as well as Dr. Julian Lewis (Chairman of the British Parliament’s Defense Committee) in London. In his statement during the meetings, MP Yacoob asked the international community to play its role in supporting small national components that have been subjected to genocide and displacement at the hands of ISIS. He confirmed that the sincerity of the international community towards small indigenous components,…

Shooting by terrorists at a fake check point during the passage of the convoy of MP Imad Youkhana and the martyrdom of civilians on the road to Kirkuk

A fake check point set up by a criminal terrorist group targeted civilians on Daquq-Tuz Khurmatu road leading to the death and wounding of a number of unarmed civilians. The incident took place while the convoy of MP Imad Youkhana, member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, was passing by on his way to Kirkuk on Tuesday evening March 20, 2018. A number of leaders, and cadres of the Assyrian Democratic Movement were a part of the convoy as well, and they all arrived safely to their destination. Regrettably there were many victims that were killed and wounded during this cowardly incident. Mercy for the righteous martyrs and healing and safety for the wounded and survivors. The Popular Mobilization Forces…

MP Yonadam Kanna delivered his statement at the Iraqi Parliament session: organized crimes affect our people and cover up theft.

MP Yonadam Kanna delivered his statement at the Iraqi Parliament session: organized crimes affect our people and cover up theft. MP Kanna stated that we were surprised by the government’s position on the recurrence of crimes against minorities and Iraqi components without exposing the criminals and finding a deterrent. “The repetition of these crimes without exposing the criminals or any deterrent measures is a cause for concern and surprise,” said the Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement, Yonadam Kanna, during a session of the Council of Representatives. He pointed out that this “reflected on the prestige of the state and undermined the confidence of the citizens.” He stressed that the crimes that affected our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people recently…

MP Imad Youkhana calls on authorities to intervene & stop the systematic targeting of Christians in Baghdad

MP Imad Youkhana called on the authority to intervene and stop the systematic targeting of Christians in Baghdad and calls on the international community to protect them. mad Youkhana demanded an intervention to stop the systematic targeting of Christians in Baghdad. He stressed that what took place on Friday, March 9th, 2018 is something that cannot be tolerated, which was the fatal stabbing of Christian family in the Mashtal area of Baghdad. He stated, “The religious authority in Najaf has to issue a fatwa forbidding the killing of Iraqis in general, and Christians in particular, and punish all those who perpetrate and carry out crimes against the people of the same homeland.” urthermore, “The government and the parliament, especially the…

MP Imad Youkhana discusses recent decisions from Iraqi Cabinet session led by PM Haider al-Abadi

On Tuesday, March 6th 2018, the Iraqi Cabinet held its regular session headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The cabinet voted on a number of decisions including compensation for employment grades for those who left their jobs, retirees, or those discharged from their jobs from our Christian component. Voting on the decision came after previous approvals by the Prime Minister to compensate the employees of the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac and Armenian components, but the approval was not received because the decision remained with various ministries including the Ministry of Finance. “We have submitted another request to the Prime Minister to take a decision in the Council of Ministers to include the financial allocations and employment grades in order to compensate…

MP Yonadam Kanna’s meeting with a delegation from United Nations Electoral Assistance Division

On March 5, 2018, MP Yonadam Kanna met with the delegation from United Nations Electoral Assistance Division, which is visiting Iraq to stand with the procedures and logistical preparations for the parliamentary elections that will take place on May 12th, 2018. During the meeting, they discussed the challenges and obstacles that must be addressed both in Iraq as well as in diaspora. The importance of electoral participation amongst communities outside of Iraq was widely discussed and the importance of making decisions and procedures to facilitate their full participation and provide resources to freely vote without hardships or exploitation. In addition the two parties discussed the Iraqi political status post ISIS. The United Nations delegation was represented by Mr. Zoran Trajkovski,…