Fifty-fifth Legislature

First Regular Session

House: MAPS DP 14-0-0-0

HR2002: Semele massacre; Assyrian martyrs day

Sponsor: Representative Blackman, LD 6

Caucus & COW


Establishes August 7, 2021, as Assyrian Martyrs Day and states that Members of the House of Representatives recognize the Semele Assyrian Massacre of 1933 (Massacre) as a crime against humanity.


On August 7, 1933, thousands of defenseless Assyrians were murdered in Northern Iraq, by the Iraqi army, led by Bakir Sidqi. The army arrived in Northern Iraq and killed men, women and children even after they promised safety if the men surrendered their weapons.

Around the world, August 7th is known as Assyrian Martyrs Day. Assyrians celebrate this holiday honoring those who died in the Massacre.


1.    ☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteStates that Members of the House of Representatives:

a)    Recognize the Massacre as a crime against humanity; and

b)    Honor the memory of thousands of unarmed men, women and children who were murdered during the Massacre.

2.    Proclaims August 7, 2021, as Assyrian Martyrs Day in Arizona.




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