Assyrian Genocide in Modern History

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This document provides a summary of five major events in modern history during which Assyrians were subjected to genocide and ethnic cleansing: The Massacre of Assyrians at Hakkari (1843); the Assyrian Genocide (1914-1923); the Simele Massacre (1933); the Soriya Massacre (1969); and the more recent genocide and ethnic cleansing campaigns at the hands of ISIS (2014-2015). It also contains recommendations for further reading on these events.

"I am determined to record the martyrdom of a small people, the most worthy of interest yet at the same time the most abandoned, arising out of a great empire of the world’s most ancient civilization, whose country, like Armenia, was the stage for Turkish abominations in which men were tragically murdered, women, children, and the aged deported into the desert, pillaged, martyred and subjected to the worst atrocities.


This people is the Assyro-Chaldean people."

Joseph Naayem, Les Assyro-Chaldéens

et les Arméniens massacrés par les Turcs (1920)


Assyrian Genocide Recognition

Legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for formal recognition of the Assyrian Genocide. Learn more about H.Res.537 here.

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