#Human Rights
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq

It is a well known fact, due to historical evidence, that the Assyrians are the indigenous people of Iraq. Yet the Assyrians currently do not have any indigenous rights and are suffering as a nation.

On September 13, 2007, the UN General Assembly adopted a non-binding declaration upholding the human, land and resources rights of the world's indigenous people. The declaration, also recognizes the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and sets global human rights standards for them. It states that native peoples have the right "to the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties" concluded with states or their successors.

Furthermore, it has been stated in the 111th Congress 1st session Senate resolution "Expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate on religious minorities in Iraq, October 26, 2009: (Whereas it is widely reported that only 500,000 to 700,000 indigenous Christians remain in Iraq as of 2009)". This is a dramatic reduction of the indigenous Assyrians considering that before the latest Iraqi War there were 1.3 million indigenous Assyrians in Iraq. It is worth noting that currently these people are suffering in neighboring countries due to lack of opportunities.

In conclusion, we are asking that you look into this matter so that the Assyrians do not become depleted from their motherland, and they be given their indigenous rights, so that there is a better chance for them to return to Iraq.

We, the undersigned, call on the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq to recognize the Assyrians as the indigenous people of Iraq.

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The Assyrians the indigenous people of Iraq petition to United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq was written by Ramiz and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.