Yusuf Akbulut is a Syriac Orthodox priest from St. Mary's Church in Diyarbakır, Turkey.[1][2] He was arrested by Turkish authorities after stating in a newspaper interview that he believed Armenians, Syriacs and Greeks were the victims of a genocide by the Ottoman Empire.[3]

A native of Anıtlı (Hah), a village in Midyat district, Father Yusuf Akbulut was approached in October 2000 by reporters from the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet and questioned as to his views regarding the Armenian Genocide. Father Akbulut responded that not only Armenians but Syriacs were also massacred and, as a direct consequence of his response being made public, he was arrested and charged with inciting racial hatred.[4] He was released after Turkey came under pressure from human rights groups and a campaign organized by Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks. [5]

See also

Preceded by
Zinda Magazine Assyrian of the Year[6]
2002 (6751)
Succeeded by
Ken Joseph Jr.


  1. Turkish Court Tries Assyrian Priest For Backing Armenians", Associated Press, December 21-23, 2000.
  2. U.S. Congressional Letter on Fr. Yusuf Akbulut
  3. "İçimizdeki hain". 
  4. U.S. Congressional Letter on Father Yusuf Akbulut
  5. Armenian National Committee of America: Under Growing International Pressure Turkey Releases Assyrian Priest
  6. Zinda Magazine, 22 April 2002 [[1]]

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