4-5-2009: Aramean blood continues to flow in Iraq…
2-9-2008: Again two Arameans killed in Iraq
Killing of Priest Yusuf Adel Abudi
Killing of Mgr. Faraj Raho
Killing of Priest Ragied Aziz Gannie
Killing of Isoh Majeed Hadaya
Killing of Priest Paulus Iskandar
12-10-2006: Aramean priest Iskandar beheaded in Mosul (Iraq)
Aramean people: Aramean people (not to be confused with ‘Armenians’) speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Abraham, Moses and Jesus. They are the indigenous people of what was called in ancient times Aram- Nahrin, in our days it is called ‘Mesopotamia’.
Some Arameans today identify themselves with “Assyrians”, because of the spiritual colonial hate generating activities of the Western missionaries and diplomats in the Middle-East in 16th and 19th centuries. Other Arameans became known as “Chaldeans”. However all of them are Arameans.
In Turkey, the Arameans are called: Süryani. In Arabic they are called Al- Suryan.
Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Working Group on the Indigenous Populations - 24th session
Geneva, Switzerland: 31 July – 4 August 2006
Read out loud: Thursday 3-8-2006
Oral statement under item: 5. Standard-setting:
(b) Possible new studies to be undertaken.
Proposal: Media Ombudsman for indigenous peoples
In the framework of new studies to be undertaken, we propose: Media Ombudsman for Indigenous peoples. However, please allow me first to explain the reason for that.
In our statement under item 4 (a) we showed to you, in the framework of the decline of the Aramean heritage, the misrepresentation and misinformation of the Indigenous Aramean people of Aram-Nahrin by the mass media, governments and even by some human rights organizations. We felt that our rights were deliberately being violated in a way that contradicts the recorded testimonies  regarding our heritage and factually couldn’t do anything about it. It is quite insulting and harsh to observe, as an indigenous nation, that your cultural heritage is being distorted and you have no adequate means to defend your rights.
We couldn’t go to anywhere or anybody with this violation of our rights and felt powerless. We missed solidarity and support in this matter; no institution or organizations could help us in this matter; except the possibility to inform the high commissioner for Human Rights about these violations . We believe that there are more indigenous peoples who experience the same or perhaps worse. For example that some of them became victim of government propaganda for political reasons or to deny their claims of being indigenous people. Or perhaps became victim of the propaganda of some of their own people who were bribed and brainwashed. For this reason we present to you the following proposal in the framework of Possible new studies to be undertaken:
Perhaps it would be meaningful to undertake a feasibility study to Indigenous peoples access to the media with the aim to create of what we would call a Media Ombudsman for indigenous peoples. The main goal of such Ombudsman would be the correct representation of indigenous peoples by the mass media, governments and others. This person should be, to our view, provided with means, authority and responsibility to instantly act adequately when the indigenous peoples are being misrepresented whether deliberately or not by the press, governments and others. At least this person should make note of these violations and report to the UN organizations and institutions of interest.
Of course Mr. Chairman; the working group on indigenous populations is a good platform where indigenous peoples every year can vent their feelings and share their experiences. Roughly speaking, the story of all of them is more or less the same and comprises amongst others: discrimination, exclusion, persecution, ethnic cleansing, misrepresentation and destruction of their cultural heritage.
Therefore, we do not expect miracles as to media Ombudsman. However we believe that a media Ombudsman would benefit the rights of all the indigenous peoples. Furthermore, the advantage of such Ombudsman to the indigenous peoples would be that you have somebody to whom you specifically can address the misinformation of your nation. As indigenous nation you than have something in your hand when you talk with media, governments and others; you have somebody at your side who is supporting you. Correct representation of Indigenous peoples may also help to better understanding of their cultural background; traditional knowledge and to attain their rights including recognition as indigenous people by governments.
Arameans of Aram-Naharaim Organization
P.O. Box 178
 Testimonies of the brilliant historians of the Syrian Church of Antioch regarding the synonymy Aramean/Syrian: https://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Testimonies-Aramean-scholars.htm
 Testimonies of the brilliant historians of the Syrian Church of Antioch regarding the synonymy Aramean/Syrian: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/https://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Testimonies-Aramean-scholars.htm
 See our comprehensive report of 7th of March 2005 sent to the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Background information on Aramean people (including “Assyrians” and Chaldeans)
The area where the Aramean people come from was known as “Mesopotamia” and has been divided into the modern countries Iraq, Syria, and Turkey since the 20th century.
In the ancient times the cradle of the Aramean forefathers was called Aramnahrin (or: Aram-Nahrin) in Aramaic. In Hebrew it was called Aram-Naharaim which we encounter in the Old Testament. When the Old Testament was translated into Greek, the term Aram-Naharaim was translated into Mesopotamia, which many become familiarized with through reading many educational and historical texts.
The northern area of Aram-Naharaim was called Paddan-Aram, meaning the land of Aram where Biblical figures like Abraham and Jacob lived and walked.
In Genesis 24:4 Abraham says to his servants,
“You must go back to the country where I was born and get a wife for my son Isaac from among my relatives."
Abraham says, “….the country where I was born….” meaning the country of his Aramean fathers Paddan-Aram (part of Aram-Naharaim).
Roughly speaking, this area is situated in present south-eastern Turkey. A section of Paddan-Aram is now called Tur Abdin in the Aramaic (Syriac) language, which means “the mountains of the servants of the Lord”, due to the overwhelming presence of monasteries and churches.
According to the Aramean historical traditions, the area of Paddan-Aram- in particular ‘Tur Abdin’ – is the proto-land of the Aramean nation. From this proto- or indigenous land, in the course of time, the Arameans started to expand all over the near east.
Because of overwhelming presence of Arameans in the southern part of Aram-Nahrin, in the era of early Christianity, it was called Beth-Aramaya, meaning (in Aramaic) “the house of the Arameans”.
Regarding Beth Aramaya, Yacob Avgin Manna (Jacques-Eugene Manna 1867-1928), Bishop of the East-Aramean Chaldean church wrote,
“The people from Babylon and Assur, are Arameans. The countries of Babylon and Assur were always called Beth Aramaye, that means country of the Arameans.” 
Regarding the proto-land “Tur- Abdin”; the East- Aramean Chaldean metropolitan Aday Sher, born in 1867 in Shaqlawa [Northern Iraq] and became the archbishop of Seert [Turkey]; says,, "The first inhabitants of Tur Abdin are the Arameans, for they inhabited the whole Mountain of Masios... This is also repeated by Patriarch Afrem Barsauwm, also called ‘the star of the middle-east’
Aramean people (including “Assyrians” and Chaldeans) and the Christianity
After the coming of Jesus Christ, the Arameans (including Assyrians and Chaldeans) of Aram-Naharaim accepted the teachings of Christ and established together with the apostles of Jesus and the converted Jews, the Syrian Church of Antioch, the second Patriarchy after Jerusalem, where for the first time the followers of Jesus Christ were called Christians (Acts 11:26). This church was the mother of all the Churches and the first Church established outside Israel, whose Patriarch currently resides in Damascus, Syria.
The Semitic Arameans (‘not to be confused with “Armenians”) underwent a change of name after they had embraced Christianity and were then called “Syrians”, in order to be distinguished from the Arameans who were not converted. However, this should not be confused with the present-day Syrian Arabs. In deeper sense, the name "Syrian" belongs to the Aramean people and not to the Arabs invaders. However, after the conquer of Mesopotamia by Arabs, they adapted the name "Syrian"; with the result that the real Syrians, that is to say: Arameans; became strangers in their own indigenous lands.
The Arameans were spread throughout middle-east. However, in the very beginning of the Christianity; geographically they were divided into East-Arameans; those living in Persian Empire and West-Arameans; those living in the Roman (Byzantine) Empire.
The Church in the Roman Empire: Syrian orthodox church of Antioch; the mother Church; with Antioch as the Ecclesial Jurisdiction.
The Church in Persia: The Church of the East or the Church of Persia, Seleucia Ctesiphon and the seat of the Catholicos. However the Arameans in Persia were still under the jurisdiction of Antioch.
 Please find here the testimonies of the brilliant historians of the Syrian Church of Antioch concerning synonymy Aramean/Syrian for one and the same people; “Beth- Aramaye” or “Beth- Oromoye”; “Proto- land” Tur Abdin/Paddan- Aram: https://www.aramnahrin.org/English/Testimonies-Aramean-scholars.htm
 More on the establishment of Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch: http://www.aramnahrin.org/English/SyrianChurchOfAntioch.htm
Iraqi Christians: http://www.iraqichristians.info
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