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Diyarbakir, Mardin, Şırnak Field Report

25 September 2023

This resource was produced by MRG’s partner(s) with MRG. It remains the property of the organization(s) in question and does not necessarily reflect the views of MRG.

This ethnographic research aims to show the historical continuity of purging Assyrians from the provinces of Diyarbakır, Mardin, and Şırnak with ambivalent policies of the Turkish government. The prevalence of expropriation of lands of Assyrians, imperilling language learning, religious practice, and economic growth aggravates the fear coming from past traumas. Therefore, regardless of the supposedly ameliorated implementation of minority rights, there are still many steps to take urgently to protect the Assyrians’ culture, which is on the verge of erosion. This report is a documentation of the situation of Assyrians in Diyarbakır, Mardin, and Şırnak and a quest for how the Turkish government and international organizations can take urgent action against the property loss of Assyrians/Syriacs.

This content was published in the context of the programme ‘Strengthening the capacity of ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in Türkiye’ (MARC). Learn more >

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Katia Arslan