American Mesopotamian Organization
Grassroots / Political Action Committee

Executive Committee Members


  • Mr. David William Lazar, MBA-Chairman
  • Mr. Cleiden Atanous, Esq -Vice Chairman
  • Mr. Zaya Younan - Adviser
  • Mr. Raman Lazar- Secretary
  • Dr. Sargon Issa- Member
  • Dr.  Alan Darush- Treasurer
  • Mr. Ashur Aghasi - Member
  • Miss. Helen Talia - Director
  • Mr. Ramsin Sheeno, Esq- Member
  • Mr. Elias Younan - Member

 


 


Vision


We believe that the Assyrian American community can be instrumental in bringing about change to US policy towards the Assyrians of the Middle East. We strive to be part of this change and part of the solution in defending Assyrian political and human rights throughout the Near East. While we will represent the collective Assyrian American viewpoint on matters of public policy, we will also serve as liaison between the community and their elected leaders.

 


 
 
Armenian Americans join with our Assyrian American brothers and sisters - fellow survivors of Turkey's genocide of Christian nations with whom we share a history of more than five thousand years - in supporting justice for the Assyrian ...Genocide (Seyfo), affirming the right of the Assyrian nation to a secure, sustainable homeland, and in advocating for security, freedom, justice, and opportunity - in all their forms - for Assyrian communities throughout the region

 AMO letter to members of the Kurdish American Congressional Caucus

9/22/13

The Honorable Representative

US House of Representatives

Dear Congressman

Our country’s national interest might have required that you support the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) regime and the Barazani family that dominates it, hence your membership in the Kurdish American Congressional Caucus; however, history has shown that the national interests of the United States are better served when it supports democratically elected governments which reflect the will of the majority while protecting the rights of the minority.

 

The rights of the Assyrian minority in the Kurd dominated region are being abused by the KRG and the main Kurdish political party which is led by Masoud Barazani. The Deforce policies of the KRG against the indigenous Assyrians of Northern Iraq have been ongoing since 2003 and after the collapse of the regime in Baghdad, but in the last several years these planned acts of intimidation have reached intolerable levels.

 

We strongly believe the main reason for KRG brazenness is they are of the opinion that they have been successful in developing strong and friendly relations with Western governments and also that the region is strategically important to these governments, hence, Western democracies will turn a blind eye towards “trivial” land disputes and inconsequential demographic change especially if they’re carried out under the disguise of modernization.  We also believe another equally important reason for the continuation of the unjust Deforce policies is due to the fact that no US official has ever filed a formal complaint with the KRG or publicly condemned their ill-treatment of the indigenous Assyrian Christians.

 

We are including with this communiqué an appeal for help by the residents of the Assyrian town of Mangesh which is located in the Nohadra (Duhok) province, one of three provinces controlled by the KRG. We’re confident that you will strongly denounce these acts with the KRG representation in DC as well as with its leadership in Iraq.

 

Sincerely

Chairman

www.americanmesopotamian.org

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9/21/2013

AN APPEAL TO THE WORLD FROM THE ASSYRIAN TOWN OF MANGESH

 

 

We demand that the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and on behalf of the people of the town of Mangesh, stop their policies of intimidation in forcing the people of the town to vote for Kurdish supported candidates. We are appealing to civic and Human Rights organizations to put an end to these abuses by the Kurdish Regional Government.

We, the sons and daughters of the town of Mengesh are being harassed by Kurds and their agents in all aspects of our lives, below is a list of their bullying tactics:

1-      We can’t freely vote for candidates running for political office

2-      Our lands are stolen and we are not able to speak out

3-      We are not able to join any political party other than Kurdish parties or those parties “owned” by Kurds.

4-      We are not able to host any representative from any of our nation’s independent political parties.

5-      We are not permitted to undertake any activity not sanctioned by the ruling Kurdish party (KDP)

6-      We can’t form any organization or any cultural center outside the realm of Kurdish control.

7-      Any individual that attempts to stay independent or tries to join a political party that is not under Kurdish domination and specifically under the hegemony of the KDP is attacked profusely and even prevented from earning a living.

8-      Anyone who doesn’t blindly support the policies of the KDP is not be able to get a government job.

9-      Individuals that don’t support the KDP or a political party controlled by the KDP are not able to register their lands in their names.

10-   Members of the KDP have formed gangs to terrorize the residents of the town to intimidate them and to have complete control over their lives.

11-   They (Kurds) monitor every person’s moves and if they become suspicious that a certain individual has any relations with another political party not controlled by them, that person is interrogated and is threatened.

For the above reasons we’re appealing to International Human Rights organizations and civil societies to help us stop Kurdish abuses because we have the right to live freely and we also have the right for self-determination.

Rosa Mengesh

Steven Khanjaro

Ammo Mammo
 
 
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American Mesopotamian Organization officially launches its campaign #SaveNinevehPlainProvince calling on the International community to remove Kurdish occupation forces and establish a Safe Haven for Assyrians, Shabaks and Yazidis there.

               

American Mesopotamian Organization Statement on the current situation in Iraq and the establishment of an internationally protected region in the proposed Nineveh Plain Province

 

The recent developments in Iraq and the rise of terrorist controlled areas on large portions of the country and their continued push towards Baghdad leads us to believe that the conflict will last for a long time and more than likely escalate into a prolonged sectarian and regional proxy war between Shiites and Sunni Muslims with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and Turkey supporting opposing sides in the battle theater.

After the removal of Saddam’s regime and the introduction of democratic processes which culminated in the adoption of a new constitution and the election of a parliament, the three main factions of the Iraqi society - mainly Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds failed to adhere to the articles of the said constitution and did what they perceived to be best for their own communities’ narrow interests, basically causing the “Lebanonization” of Iraq and pushing the Iraqi State to the brink of complete collapse.

Earlier this year, Iraq’s council of ministers approved the creation of several new provinces, one being the Nineveh Plain Province.  Throughout the years and since the establishment of the Iraqi state, this region, which is currently part of the Ninawa Province, has been ignored by all the regimes ruling in Baghdad.  And although the Kurdistan Regional Government lays claim to the area and considers it among the disputed territories to be annexed to the Kurdish region, the majority of the inhabitants, regardless of their ethnicity and/or religion prefer to be part of a Federal Iraq.

After the sudden collapse and retreat of the Iraqi military in the Ninawa Province, the area was immediately occupied by Kurdish militias which provoked the ISIS terrorists and caused over fifty thousand Assyrian Christians to flee their homes towards Kurdish controlled areas after they came under attack from ISIS artillery and heavy fire. And although a large number of these people have returned to their homes in the Nineveh Plain, they remain without potable water, electricity and are low on food rations, in addition to being open to the risk of viruses and diseases, such as cholera and polio, due to the ongoing spread of contaminated water.

While we at the American Mesopotamian Organization believe in a United, Democratic and Federal Iraq, we are confident the Federal government in Baghdad, regardless of who is leading it, will not be able to guarantee the security of the most vulnerable groups of its citizens and these being mainly the Assyrian Christians, Shabaks and the Yazidis living in the Nineveh Plain Region. Therefore, we call on the international community, mainly the Unites States, the European Union and the UN Security council to declare the Nineveh Plain region and the Sinjar district as protected areas for the ethno-religious groups living there and to begin the establishment of a local security force drawn from the residents of those territories.

The ethno-religious minorities of the Nineveh Plain are pleading for help, they have no militias of their own and they don’t want to be victims of a sectarian war or the casualties of political ambitions of nationalist Kurdish leaders. They are hoping that the international community and the civilized world will once again act in a moral manner and come to their rescue just like they did in the not so distant past to protect the Kurds of Iraq, the Muslim Bosnians and ethnic Albanians of Kosovo.

 

Yours in Freedom

David William Lazar, MBA

Chairman

American Mesopotamian Organization

www.americanmesopotamian.org

dwlazar2000@yahoo.com

661-220-0372

Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International (YHROI), ezidis@gmail.com , www.yezidihumanrights.org. Defending and Protecting Human Rights                  

July 15, 2014

Statement on the Minorities’ Current Situations in Iraq

Since 2003, the minorities’ situation is getting worse day after day and the proof of that is the presence of the capabilities of terrorist groups that controls many parts in the provinces of Nineveh, Tikrit, Anbar and Kirkuk.  Nineveh and Kirkuk provinces are the homes of the most ancient and indigenous nations, which include the Yezidis, Chaldo-Assyrians and Sabeans that have lived on this land (Mesopotamia) for thousands of years; but unfortunately today their basic human rights is abused.  And despite the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, these three nations live under fears and discriminations in their native homeland that resulted thousands of them to leave their historical homeland and seek refuge in the Western countries where they believe that they can live in peace and freedom.

 

The security situations in the minorities’ regions in the Nineveh Plain and Sinjar regions, where mostly inhabited by the Yezidis and Chaldo-Assyrians is not safe at all.  In Sinjar region alone, the population of the Yezidis is estimated at 90% while the Arabs and Kurds are only about 10%, but the region has been under KRG’s controls since 2007 by its militia forces that make the Yezidis to be softer targets for the ISIS attacks because of the KRG’s plan for the independent statehood.  The Sinjar's judiciary border is now under the terrorists’ control, which include the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, Baathists and extremist Salafis. Those terror groups consider anyone who does not believe in Islam is infidels and they (Muslims) are permitted shedding their (Non-Muslims) blood; these signs hesitate the Yezidis nation to a totally extermination that would result the "Erase the existence of the Yezidis in this region.

 

Social situations in Sinjar region: complete lack of blackout of the electricity, lack food products, lack of clean drinking water, lack of doctors, medicines, hospitals and lack of fuel, all these product materials importantly needed for the use of daily life. And because of the dire security situation, there is no delivery of basic food supplies into Sinjar region; therefore, the people greatly suffer in the high food prices.  There are thousands of innocent families that they are lucky if they could get two meals a day. The people of Sinjar were mostly relied on their monthly salaries that they were getting from the security and military services and when security and military collapsed in this region then the poverty spreads in the Sinjar region among the Yezidi society.

 

 

Recommendations for these very dire situations in Sinjar and Nineveh Plain regions:

 

  • Provide International Peacekeeping mission to protect the minorities from totally extermination

 

  • Support and intervene to implement the “Separate Administration” for the Yezidis and Chaldo-Assyrian in the Sinjar and Nineveh Plain regions

 

  • Deliver humanitarian aid to the minorities' regions and foods in particular, which is urgently needed. The food products should be distributed by the International Food

Agents on the food ration cards, so that securely and fairly be distributed to all people and it should be totally free from the political influences; we specifically mean the KRG, so that will not be used for political purposes.

 

  • Send teams of doctors without borders to minorities' regions and Sinjar in particular as the situation in this region is very dire

 

  • provide medical supplies and hospitals equipment

I would also like to thank you so much for your time and consideration and giving us the opportunity to meet with you and to discuss our dire situation to find the necessary solutions for the situations of the Yezidis, Chaldo-Assyrians and Sabeans in Iraq.

Best regards,

Mirza Ismail

Chairman

Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International

www.yezidihumanrights.org

info@yezidihumanrights.org

ezidis@gmail.com

+1-416-843-7973

 

Al-Salehi warns of the dangers of partitioning Iraq into three smaller states and calls on the International community to establish Safe Havens for Turkmen

7/10/2014

Kirkuk/www.Ynewsiq.con

 The Turkmen front warned of the dangers of partitioning Iraq into three smaller states and the loss of the Turkmen identity and land.

In an official communique; Member of Parliament and President of the Turkmen Front, Mr. Arshad Al-Salehi stated the following: “Splitting Iraq into three smaller states will be disastrous for the history of the country and the loss of ethnic identity of many groups, especially the Turkmen ethnicity which is devoted to Iraq and its unity.”  He went on to add, “we also join United Nation’s Secretary General, the European Union, the Arab League and NATO in the apprehension they expressed toward the partitioning of Iraq and we support their positive stand and that of other countries and international organization on preserving the integral unity of Iraq.”

Al-Salehi also called for the immediate intervention of the international community and the creation of ”safe havens” for the Turkmen, according to who, over one half million of Turkmen are now internally displaced and have become targets of attacks.

Assyrian Democratic Movement Declaration

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Assimilation is Not an Option!
Kurdish Regional Government
Hands Off of Assyria Schools!
The Deforce Policies of the Kurdish Regional Government
 
Kurdish Fascism, Historical lies and the glorification of Mass Murderers
 traits found in Kurdish text books forced upon Assyrian students in Kurdish occupied Assyria.
 
Phase 2- Final
12/2/2013
 

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The Deforce Policies of the Kurdish Regional Government
 
Kurdish Fascism, Historical lies and the glorification of Mass Murderers
 traits found in Kurdish text books forced upon Assyrian students in Kurdish occupied Assyria.
 
 
 
Phase 1 

AMO 11/16/2013 : Below are official translations (by certified translators) of excerpts from Kurdish text books used in schools in the region under the hegemony of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). These are the same books that are sanctioned by the KRG to be used in Assyrian schools. The texts are full of lies and historical inaccuracies; however we have underlined few sentences and paragraphs that we thought stand out from the rest of the text.

 As you can see in the first page and in the underlined paragraph, the text refers to Assyrians as “Christian Kurds”. This is indicative of a fascist mind-set Assyrians have suffered from at the hands of Arab fascists such as Saddam Hussein and his Baath party and now days at the hands of the Barazani clan and the KRG who seem to be following in the footsteps of the deposed dictator.

In the second page of the text and under the heading titled “Simko Shikak’s revolution” the KRG refers to the mass murderer Simko as a hero and goes on to describe the relationship between Simko and Sheikh Abdul Salam Al Barazani as fraternal and comradely. 

Who is Sheikh Abdul Salam Al Barazani?

 He was born around 1887 in the village of Barzan and was the elder brother of Mullah Mustafa Al Barazani, Masoud Barazani’s father. When the KRG refers to Simko as a Kurdish hero and names streets after him, they are only doing so because of deep ties of friendship between Masoud Barazani’s uncle and Simko. 

We will be releasing additional translated pages as part of our campaign titled “The Deforce Policies of the Kurdish Regional Government” in the coming days and weeks.

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The Deforce Policies of the Kurdish Regional Government

 The Fate Of Assyrian Villages

By Majed Eshoo

The Fate Of Assyrian Villages Annexed To Today's Dohuk Governorate In Iraq And The Conditions In These Villages Following The Establishment Of The Iraqi State In 1921 

 Translated from Arabic by Mary Challita

PREAMBLE

Without geography for the word…Freedom remains not free…

Strife has many forms, and service has wide channels especially that our Cause is passing through different paths and conjunctions which will push toward changes in the growing process affecting directly the final shape of the Assyrian Cause in today's Iraq which is suffering on one hand from a weakness in the nationalism of its elite political (leadership) factions and on the other is suffering from the pains of a legitimized division through some rigid theories…

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The Fate of Assyrian Villages