June-July 2016

Christians in Iraq, Now and in the Future


  • Branislav Skripek, member of the European parliament
  • Members of the Dutch parliament: Pieter Omtzigt, Joel Voordewind, Kees van der Staaij
  • NGOs: Jubilee Campaign, DTRC Europe, UPGO University, Stichting de Herder

From 30th of June until the 2nd of July 2016, DTRC Europe in collaboration with UPGO university organizes a several day conference which will take place in Brussels and the Netherlands. The conference will address the situation of Christians from Iraq and shall constitute an encounter-platform for groups from Western and Eastern parts of the world, concerned about the situation of Christians.

The subject of the conference will be: Christians in Iraq, Now and in the Future.

The 30th of June, a symposium will be organized in the European Parliament.

On Friday July 1st  a one-day symposium will take place in the Netherlands where in addition to lectures, we will also have time allocated to interact with each other in order to establish increasing collaboration, information exchange and interaction. One of the speakers will be Pieter Omtzigt, who is a member of the Dutch parliament for the Christian Democrats.

The 2nd of July a protest will take place near the parliament in The Hague where the situation of Christians in Iraq will be addressed. We are inviting members of parliaments, journalists, Iraqi Christians and other interested people to come and join us.

The conference will comprise several days in which participants will come from Eastern and Western parts of the World belonging to ngo’s, educational institutions, the political arena and religious entities. Individually interested persons are also welcome to  take part in the conference. In addition, Christian victims from the region will be given the opportunity to share their experiences.

The lectures will be aimed to inform the participants regarding the position of Christians in Iraq and the expected changes in the future. Stage is given to victims, politicians, development organizations a.o. who are able to share their knowledge. The conference will subsequently leave room for groups to improve their strategies. It is going to be an informative day for people from both Eastern and Western parts of the world.

  • When: 30th of June-2nd of July 2016.
  • For whom: All activities are accessible to everyone. Pre-inscription preferred.
  • Costs: Free of charge; donations to presented charitable projects are possible.
  • Where: – 30th of June in the European Parliament – 1st of July at the Syriac Orthodox Church in Badhoevedorp – 2nd of July in The Hague. Details will follow.

Registration is possible by completing the form below or sending an e-mail to info@dtrceurope.org.

European Parliament Draft Program

30th June, 2016

9:30-9:45 – Opening MEP (Member of European Party)

9:45- 10:15 – Christians in Iraq: extremist danger and the thread of extinction

Iraqi : politician, intellectual or  priest

10:15- 10:45 – Elimination of Christians imminent? How to counteract.

Iraqi : politician, intellectual or  priest

10:45-11:05 – break

11:05- 11:35 – The refugee crisis in Europe: appropriate response

Iraqi : politician, intellectual or  priest

11:35-12:05- Policy and experience of Members of the European Parliament

Two MEPs

12:05-12:30 – Questions and answers


Draft program conference Badhoevedorp:

Friday July 1st, 2016

16:00-16:30 – Which needs do Christians in Iraq currently have ?

16:30- 16:50 – Which assistance is already provided?

16:50-17:10-  What are effective strategies for development aid in the future? How can we contribute to a durable continual existence of Christians in Iraq.

17:10- 17:40- Experiences and vision of a Dutch developmental organization (Aid to the Church in Need)

17:40-18:00 – Drinks


19:20- 19:30 Welcome new guests

19:30- 20:15 – Christians in Iraq: Danger of extremism and threat of extinction

20:15- 20:40 – The continuance of Christians in Iraq; How can we assist?

20:40 – 21:10 The refugee crisis in Europe; an appropriate reaction (politicians Netherlands)

21:10- 21:30 The refugee crisis in Europe; an appropriate reaction (politicians Iraq)

Questions and Answers