PETITION ADDRESSED TO THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF UNITED NATIONS FOR THE RIGHT TO STUDY OF THE IRAQI CHRISTIAN STUDENTS OF MOSUL AND FOR THE SAFEGUARD OF THE RIGHTS OF THE IRAQI CHRISTIANS AND OF THEIR CULTURAL HERITAGE

8 May 2010 Rome        

His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon,                                                                                     

Italian Association, Salvaimonasteri (Save the Monasteries) is presenting this petition in consequence of a new deadly attack that  the students of the Christian village of Karakosh, in the Nineveh plain, underwent while  transferring by buses to the University of Mosul on May 2, 2010. Two bombs exploded at their passage killing one person and injuring 171. Many of the young students were left missing legs, arms, parts of faces, most of whom are undergoing major plastic surgery. Two young women are still in danger of death in intensive care.
    
As it is becoming known, the Iraqi Christians are suffering discrimination, violations of human rights, and persecution on religious, ethnic, cultural grounds and as a consequence of the country’s recent conflicts and political situation. Since the year 2004 the Iraqi Christian population has been halved with the resultant impoverishment of their social condition and of their civil and human  rights.

Salvaimonasteri Association has been active in Iraq since 2005 through communication projects to alert the international community of the annihilating conditions facing the Christian population, the disappearance of these important  communities with their unique cultural heritage, and the urgent situation of the refugees in the neighbouring countries. Notwithstanding the commitment of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other international institutions, the situation of the Iraqi Christians is getting worse. Especially in the city of Mosul and in the villages of the Niniveh plain the daily murder of ordinary Christian people continues as well as the attack and the destruction of churches and convents of religious sisters. These wild acts usually remain unpunished. The majority of Christians in this area have lost their jobs and property and have been done away with as a result of harassment, blackmail, and persecution. The young Christians will have no future in their country and their precious 2000 year-old cultural heritage is condemned to vanish.   
    
We require the intervention of the United Nations in order to guarantee the right to study of the Christian students of the Governatorate of Mosul in order to safeguard the Christian heritage in the plain of Niniveh and in all Iraq, and in order to re-establish the respect of the human and civil rights of the Iraqi Christians in their fatherland.
    
We require the United Nations to act with the Iraqi and the international governments and  institutions in defense of the existence, and for the respect of the life and history, of the Iraqi Christians.


ELISABETTA VALGIUSTI, Salvaimonasteri  Associazione ( Savethemonasteries), Roma, Italia

TITO AMODEI ,  Salvaimonasteri Associazione ( Savethemonasteries), Roma , Italia

MASSIMO CACCIARI,  Venezia, Italia

MARZIO LOLLI GHETTI, Into the Net, Roma, Italia

PIERLUIGI CASTAGNETTI, Roma, Italia

MARIA GIOVANNA MUZJ, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Roma, Italia

Fr. GEORGE JAHOLA, Mosul University, Iraq - Pontificia Università Lateranense, Roma, Italia

GIANCLAUDIO MACCHIARELLA, C.I.S.B.I., Cà Foscari Università di Venezia, Italia

BOGHOS LEVOS ZEKIYAN, Cà Foscari Università di Venezia, Italia

PAOLO LIVERANI, Dipartimento di Scienze dell' Antichità , Università di Firenze, Italia

MUKHLIS BENHAM HABASH, Mosul University, Karakosh, Iraq

NADIA BAHNAM, Mustansiriya University, Iraq

BASSIM H. PETROS, College of Fine Arts , Mosul  University , Iraq

DADDIZA SABRI, Mosul University, Iraq

HADIR A.  SHEMA, Mosul University, Iraq - Netherlands

SABAH AL SANATI, Mosul Institute of Technology, Iraq -  Australia

KHALEEL PETRUS, Central Queensland University, Brisbane, Australia

AMAL RASSAM, City University of New York, Usa

NADIR WADI RAFFO, College of Fine Arts, University of Mosul, Iraq - Usa

JAJO M. JAJO ,  Al-Mustansiriya University, Iraq - Canada

Fr. NOOR ALQASMOSA, Babel University, Erbil, Iraq

TALAL ANAIE,  University of Baghdad,  Engineering, Iraq - Denmark

NADA BEHNAN JEJI,  Mosul  Medical College, Iraq- Nijmegen Medical College, Netherlands

FAROUK DARWEESH, California Poly Ponoma University, Usa

Fr. THOMAS K. McDERMOTT, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Usa

SUSAN DAKK ,  Tennessee Tecnology Institute, Usa

BISHAM CHANDIRADAM, Mumbay University, India

Fr. AYSAR SAAED,  Iraq

FAISAL DERWISH MURAD, London, Uk

RAFY AL KHAYAT, Iraq

GHASSAM RASSAM,  University of Minnesota, Usa

TUAMA AL-SAADI , London,  Uk

EMAD DHIA, Iraq

HADDAD SAIEB, Iraq

RICHARD PINION, University of Southern Mississippi, Usa

VICTORIA E. PINION, Usa

ANNARITA CAGNAZZO, Italia

INAM S. KASAEER, Amman, Jordan

ARKAN HABEL,  Marrid University, Germany

JEAN ABOU CHROUCHE,  Pontificia Università Salesiana, Roma, Italia

PABLO MARA GEFAELL CHAMOCHAN, Pontificia Università  della Santa Croce, Roma, Italia

TARIQ JAMIL EISSA , Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Roma, Italia - Erbil, Iraq

GIOVANNI  CUBEDDU, Roma, Italia

WALEED ABEDLMASSEH, Centennial College, University of Toronto, Canada

ADWAR MERZA, Technology University, Sweden

ADNAN HABASH,  Iraq

AYSAR AL- SHORACHI, Iraq

CHITOU AMER, France

ALBERT AL- SHORACHI , Iraq

MUSA JABU HANNA, Iraq

SHATA BEHNAN JEJE, Holland

VALERIE RITA ASHO, Graz, Austria

MUNA EASSO, London, Uk

ROSALBA MORELLI, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Roma, Italia

ASHO FADIL, Graz, Austria

ANTWAN IBRAHEEM, Iraq

BUSHRA YESSI, Iraq

ANAN IBRAHEEM, Iraq

YOUSIF FIBBO, Iraq

THABIT KAKKI, Iraq

AMEERA JIBBO, Iraq

NOEL HABASH, Los Angeles, Usa

JACUB SAAD , Iraq

SAJED KAKKI, Iraq

NABIL JEJI, Toronto, Canada

NAZ YACU, Iraq

AUNI S. AGHA, Iraq

KATHREEN SHADI, Iraq

MAGED MAROUNU, Iraq

DANNY ALKKHAYAT,  Venlo,  Netherlands

EVA KAIRO, Denmark

ISSAM BAKOSE, Sydney, Australia

GAITH SAAD, Ryerson University,  Canada

DANNY HABASH, London, Uk

JEAN GUYON, Marseille, France

HIND YACOOB, Al-Mustansiyria University, Iraq - Netherlands

NIKOLA SEGEDI,  Pontificia Universita Gregoriana , Roma, Italia - Serbia

FAISAL DERWISH MURAD, Kharkov University,  Ukraine -  Karakosh, Iraq - Usa

KAMIL GORGUESE, Baghdad University, Iraq - Usa

LILLIAN A. ISSA, Al-Munstansiyria University, Iraq

FARAH KAYRO, Aarhus, Denmark

JOAN LEWIS,  St. Mary University, Usa

REYNAUD JEAN PIERRE, Marseille, France

DEULOFEU ANNE-FRANCOISE, France

LAURA LEPSCHY, United Kingdom

ETIENNE MOULET, France

RUWYDA JAJO, Iraq

HADIR A. SHEMA, Mosul University, Iraq - Netherlands

NADIA RIHAN, Iraq

DANIEL BERNHARD, France

JEAN-MARIE LEBRETON, Marseille, France

NATALINA BUTHELO, Mumbai, India

JOHN LINDSAY OPIE, Università Roma 3, Italia

SAAD YOUSIF, Karakosh, Iraq

ESSA JACKOB, Mosul University, Mosul, Iraq

DANIEL HAMO ADAM, Iraq

FADI NAZAR QUSTANTEEN, Hashimate University, Jordan - California, Usa

REHAB ASSIM DAUWD, Mosul, Iraq

AMEER A. ORAHA, Baghdad University, Iraq

SARMED TOMA, Iraq

YOUHANA MARKAS BIDAWEED, Baghdad University, Iraq - Melbourne, Australia

AREAN K. AREAN, Baghdad University,  Iraq

KRIKOR HAGOPIAN, Sweeden

BASHAR SUKKAR, Al-Mustansiriya University, Iraq - Maastricht University,The Netherlands

ABDULAHAD DENHA, United Kingdom

WARDA ODISHO WARDA,  Aarhus- Denmark

SALAM YACOB, Al Mustansiriya University, Iraq - Denmark

ADWAR MERZA,  Sweden

SAHIRA NOORI, Sweden

SULEIMAMAN ISSA,  Rossian University, Stockholm, Sweden

RAMA NINEVEH, Iraq

NORMAN ISRAEL, Usa

HAMID BASA TOMA, Iraq

YOUKHANNA YOUNAN,  Sweden

YUBERT IBRAHEEM, Baghdad University, Iraq -  Sweden

CARMEN HERRER, Makerere University, Kampala - Alexandria, Egypt

ELIAS SHAMUEL, Sulaimaniya University, Iraq - Usa

ALAA GEORGE ABOUDI, University of Technology, Iraq - Sweden

JAKOB BAR DAISAN,  St. Ephrem Institute, Iraq - Germany

BINJAMIN TOMA KANON, Stockholm, Sweden

FIRAS SALIM HANA, United Kingdom

WALEED FOUAD TOMA, Sweden

ESTHER MULDOON, London, Uk

TOMA ABUD, Gutersloh, Germany

SABRI MANSOOR, Arizona, Usa

ASTEFAN HERMZ ODISHO, Sweden

ZUHAIR GEORGE HANNA, Mosul University, Iraq - London, Uk

WILLIAM PETRUS SHLAIMON, Chicago, Usa

NAZAR SLEWA OJMAYA, Tikreet University, Erbil, Iraq

BAHNAM KHAWLA, Mosul University, Iraq - Lyon, France

NOWRAS B. NASSER A. SHAYAD, Baghdad, Iraq

FADIA FADDOUL, Universite Saint-Esprit De Kaslik , Gouneh, Lebanon

ANITA CINTI, Monza, Italia

CLAIRE ROLF , Alberta University, Canada

SHARON BOSSLER, University of Detroit, Chicago, Usa

JAROSLAW JANOCINSKI, Japan

MICHAEL DE TEMPLE,  University of Delaware, Newark, Usa

Sr. ARLENE WAGNER, Michigan, Usa

Sr. MARY CATHERINE DEE , Regina Mundi University, Italy - California, Usa

JANICE T. BROWN , Yale  University, Washington DC, Usa

DOLORES MARIE HUTSON, Washington DC, Usa

NICHOLAS MONCO, St. Louis, Usa

DOMINIC McMANUS, Aquinas Institute, St.Louis, Usa

GILBERT JEROME THESING, Lagos, Nigeria

ROBERT J. KELLER , Bloomington, IN, Usa

SILVIA EID, Milano, Italia

ANNA CONTADINI, University of London, London, Uk

ALIDA MARY COUGHLIN,  Bardstown , Usa

DOUGLAS ADAM GREER, Chicago, Usa

FANNY A. de la CRUZ, University of the Philippines -  Michigan, Usa

MARIA TIZIANA MAYER , Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italia

Fr. AUGUSTO CASOLO, Milano, Italia

BEDENDO RENATA, Milano,  Italia

Sr. MARIE HOWE , Springfield, Ma, Usa

TIMOTHY COMBS, Truman State University, Saint Louis, Usa

RIMA SMINE, Los Altos USA

EDWARD RILEY, Chicago, Usa

Sr. MARIE-CECILE OSBORNE, Lahore, Pakistan

RAFIK EID,Delaware, Usa

Fr. JAMES RAYMOND MOTL, Northwestern University, Evanston - St.Louis, Usa

Sr. KLARISSA WATERMANN,Frankfurt/Main, Germany

MICHAEL KYTE,Chicago, USA

Fr. HERBERT HAYEK, River Forest, Illinois, Usa

Fr. MARTIN DIAZ, Midvale, Utah, USA

JAMES P. BARRON, Media, PA, USA

FRANCESCO CINTI, Monza, Italia

Fr. JOHN RISLEY, Sinsinawa, WI, USA

STEVEN EDWARD BRYCE, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis,Usa

Fr. JEROME M. WALSH, College of St. Thomas Aquinas, Madison, Wi, Usa

Fr. JOSE' M. SANTIAGO, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis,Usa

JANICE FARNNHAM, Boston College,Chestnut Hill, MA, Usa

Sr. EVELYN NORICK, University of Punjab, Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan

Fr. ROBERT F. STAES, Denver, Usa

CONOR MCDONOUGH, University of Cambridge , Cork, Ireland

PATRICK DESMOND, Cork, Ireland

GEOFFREY B. GNEUHS, Yale University, New York City, Usa

SUSAN HARVEY, Brown University, Providence, Usa

KATHLEEN E. McVEY, Harvard University, Princeton, Usa

AMIR HARRAK,  University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

GIUSEPPE SAMIR EID, Segrate, Italia

JOHN F. HEALEY, Manchester University, Macclesfield, Uk

SEBASTIAN PAUL BROCK, University of Oxford,  Uk

MOHAMMED RADHY, University of Baghdad, Iraq

FRANCESCA FLORES D'ARCAIS, Università Cattolica, Padova, Italia

MARIA SARA CAFFERATA, Universidad Catolica Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

SAMIR KHALIL SAMIR, St Joseph University,Beirut, Lebanon

GABOR SZABO,Switzerland

STEFANO DE FIORES, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma, Italia

MARIO MARITANO,Pontificia Università Salesiana, Roma , Italia

MARINO ALFREDO CLERICO, Angelicum , Roma, Italia

FRANCISCO J. EGANA, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Roma, Italia

CAPPELLETTI mARIA LUISA, Roma, Italia

GABRIELLA COTTA, Università La Sapienza,Roma, Italia

PIERLUIGI GIACOMELLO,Università La Sapienza,Roma, Italia

CRISTINA MANDOSI, Pontificia Università Gregoriana,Roma, Italia

MIGUEL ANGEL ORTEGA CANALES, Guadalajara, Espana

YOUSEFF CHEDID, Pontificio Istituto Orientale,Roma,Italia

GABRIEL ORTEGA BENEIT, Guadalajara, Espana

MARYVONNE DUCLAUX, Poitiers, France

VIRGILIO MELCHIORRE, Università  Cattolica di Milano, Italia

FRANCO PAOLO SANNA, Università La Sapienza, Roma, Italia

BIAGIO CACCIOLA, Frosinone, Italia

MARIA ALCIRA SODOR, Universidad Catolica Argentina, Buenos Aires. Argentina

LEOPOLDO E. CUSPINERA MADRIGAL, Pontificia Università Gregoriana, Puebla, Mexico

EMANUELE VALARIANO, Pontificia Università  Gregoriana, Roma, Italia

MAURIZIO COTTA, Università di Siena, Italia

GEORGES FOULKES, Pontificia Università  Gregoriana, Roma, Italia

LAURA MODENA, Roma, Italia

MAURA MARCANGELI, Roma, Italia

SILVIA DI GRAZIA, Roma,  Italia

CHIARA CHATEL, Roma, Italia

ARMANDO MELCHIONNA, Roma, Italia

ROBERTO SEGA, Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italia

JOSE' ANTONIO FERREIRA, Coimbra University, Portugal

MASSIMO DI GIROLAMO,  Ravenna, Italia

ERMANNO MALASPINA, Università di Torino, Italia

JAVIER MENANDEZ ROS, Madrid, Spain

FEDERICO MANZONI, Università di Brescia e Bergamo, Italia

ANDREA BALBO, Università di Torino, Italia

ANTONIO VOLPATO, Università Roma 3, Italia

MARTIN KALDANI, Chicago, Illinois, Usa

DAVID MATT SARGOOL, Illinois Institute of Technology, Skokie, Il., Usa

IRAQI CHRISTIAN RELIEF COUNCIL, Chicago, Usa

JULIANA TAIMOORAZY, ICRC, Chicago, Usa

FILIPPO VALLI, Università di Torino, Italia

LYNN PRYOR, University of Phoenix, Muncy, Pa, Usa

P. HANNA  ALWAN , Roma, Italia

RA'ID MICHAEL SHABA, Mosul University, Mosul, Iraq

MARIAGRAZIA GIACOMINI, Trieste, Italia

GIOVANNI SARACINO, Trieste, Italia

MARY L. TRAVIS, St. Petersburg, Fl, Usa

F. RICHARD STARK,  St. Augustine Institute in  Germany - St. Petersburgh, Russia 

 

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