ADM News

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,…

MP Yonadam Kanna received the Hungarian delegation visiting Iraq at his office on Wednesday, March 4, 2018 he Hungarian delegation was led by the Minister of Human Resources, Zoltan Balog. During the meeting, the two parties discussed the efforts and contributions of the Hungarian government to the Nineveh Plain towns and in particular the town of Tesqopa (Teleskof), in which the Chaldean Church is responsible for that town’s project. The Hungarian government is also making efforts in different areas to support the return of internally displaced peoples to their homes. The delegation assured to their contribution efforts towards reconstruction. he Hungarian delegation included the Hungarian Ambassador in Iraq – Atilla Tar, Ambassador-at-Large (Hungary Helps) Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trades…

MP Imad Youkhana meets with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

MP Imad Youkhana, ADM Political Bureau member, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider al-Abadi. During the meeting the two discussed the budget for 2018, and its importance in relation to implementation of the government’s plans to serve Iraqi citizens as well as its positive effects on political and security stability. MP Imad Youkhana discussed the status of our Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people, specifically in the Nineveh Plain, and stressed the importance of completely imposing the rule of law on the rest of the Nineveh Plain towns. MP Imad Youkhana also called for urgency in paying attention to infrastructure and services, especially electricity and compensating affected people. He spoke on finding solutions to the problems of demographic changes which ensure…

Assyrian Democratic Movement declares its coalition (Al Rafedain Coalition) in the upcoming Iraqi Elections and stresses that the doors of the coalition are open to all of our people’s political parties to join.

The Assyrian Democratic Movement declares its coalition (Al Rafedain Coalition) to participate in the upcoming elections and stresses that the doors of the coalition are open to all of our people’s political parties to join. Mrs. Hanan Awisha (ADM Central Committee Member) stated that a short period of time separates us from the new elections in which Iraqi people will choose their representatives in the Iraqi Councils of Representatives. With the Iraqi legislative elections approaching, scheduled for May 2018, many Iraqi political parties entered into alliances that resulted in many titles of Political Coalitions running in the upcoming elections. Among these coalitions, the Assyrian Democratic Movement entered the legislative election in a coalition under the title (Al Rafedain Coalition). The…

MP Imad Youkhana visits several important departments in Kirkuk Province.

Member of the Security and Defense Committee MP Imad Youkhana visited Kirkuk Municipality Department, the General Directorate for the Education of Kirkuk and the Commander of the Anti-Terrorism Squad. MP Imad Youkhana discussed the security status of Kirkuk province with Major General Maan al-Saadi, and demanded the Anti-Terrorism Squad to be a part of solution and neutrality when dealing with Kirkuk’s components due to sensitivity of the situation in the province. MP Youkhana stressed that preserving security is not by imposing intensive presence of military vehicles between allies and civilians but by intelligence efforts and creating an atmosphere of love and respect between citizens in order to cooperate with the security measures in favor of the province.…

MP Lina Ezarya in a high-level KRG Parliamentary meeting

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and his Deputy, Qubad Talabani met on December 13, 2017 with the Presidency Committee of KRG parliament and the Presidency of each of the Legal, Financial, Industrial, Energy and Natural Resources Committees. Representatives of the components in KRG parliament attended the meeting which came to discuss Financial and Administrative conditions in the region and focus on the financial report, natural resources revenues, disbursements, and the special report on draft decisions to reform the public employees sector, retirees, salaries and sectors of civil, military and security. MP Lina Ezarya Bahram, member of the Legal Committee in KRG Parliament and representative of our Chaldean Assyrian Syriac people, stressed on the need to secure and continue to pay…

Completion of the NPU camp in Bakhdeda, Nineveh Plain

On November 25th, 2017 Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU) celebrated the completion of its new Camp in Bakhdeda, Nineveh Plain. “The new camp is the headquarters of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, and considered as the headquarters for leading the force in areas of deployment in the Nineveh Plain”, said Mr. Gevara Zaia, NPU Political Coordinator. “It is the second headquarters to be built for the NPU after constructing the first headquarter in Alqosh in 2015 as a camp for the units located in the district of Tel Keppe and its towns”, added Mr. Gevara Zaia. The camp has been constructed on an area of seven acres, including several sections: administrative section, emergency forces section, and service sections (meeting hall,…

ADM Illinois Sector hosts roundtable discussion amongst young local activists

On Friday, December 1st, the Assyrian Democratic Movement’s Illinois Sector hosted a roundtable discussion amongst young adult Assyrian activists entitled “Diaspora’s Role in the Assyrian National Struggle”. Four main points were covered in the discussion: * Policy: Iraq & United States of America Erasing Assyrians: How the KRG Abuses Human Rights, Undermines Democracy, and Conquers Minority Homelands * Social Media: Leveraging our presence to make a difference * Mobilization: Taking action locally, nationally, and internationally on a united front The discussion was led by Illinois Sector Director, Alexander David, along with contributions from a variety of activists that elaborated on the topics and brainstormed advancement suggestions. This was the second roundtable event hosted by our Sector in recent months and…

MP Yonadam Kanna meeting with Knox Thames of the US State Department

MP Yonadam Kanna (Secretary General of the Assyrian Democratic Movement) met with Knox Thames (US State Department Special Advisor for Religious Minorities) on Wednesday 29/11/2017. he meeting covered the overall situation of the religious minorities in Iraq and our Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people in particular. They discussed the political situation and its repercussions post-ISIS, benefits of reconstruction, and assisting in the return of internally displaced people. The upcoming elections were also brought up along with areas of conflict, the importance of enforcing the law, and ending policies of exclusion and marginalization. Conversation included the need for added measures aimed at establishing the stability of religious and national minorities at home as indigenous components that require protection and security for our…