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Prelates call for respect for rights of Christians in Iraq

November 03, 2016

As the Iraqi army and Kurdish forces advanced on Mosul, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church met with other prelates and called for a true respect for religious freedom of Christians in Iraq.

Joined by Syriac Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, and Assyrian Church prelates, Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako said that “we expect to safeguard our rights and freedoms, and guarantee our protection with deeds, not speeches, so that we remain in our land and contribute to the revival of our country.”

They added:

The displaced Christians from Mosul and the towns of the Nineveh Plain want to return to their homes on condition of safety and compensation for what they have lost and the reconstruction of what was destroyed by Daesh [ISIS] … The priorities of the Iraqi State and the government of Kurdistan should be to ensure these guarantees.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 03, 2016 2:40 PM ET USA

    "The displaced Christians from Mosul and the towns of the Nineveh Plain want to return to their homes." Refugees? A just war conducted by an alliance of larger powers would have temporarily relocated Syrian and Iraqi civilians, demolished ISIS, and then restored the civilians to their homes. Instead the larger powers turned a blind eye to the slaughter and now claim the need to "assimilate" "refugees" into their countries. How many of these refugees would prefer assimilation over returning home?