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ISIS Atrocities Designated Genocide

With no place to go, and no one to help, Yazidi families now live under freeway bridges in cities like Dohuk, Iraq. Jeff Gardner, Picture Christians Project, www.picturechristians.org.

With no place to go, and no one to help, Yazidi families now live under freeway bridges in cities like Dohuk, Iraq. Jeff Gardner, Picture Christians Project, www.picturechristians.org.

“We commend Secretary of State Kerry and the Obama Administration for speaking the truth about the ISIS genocide,” said Faith J.H. McDonnell, Religious Liberty Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “Preventing genocide is both a national security interest and moral responsibility of the United States, and with this genocide determination they have indicated an acknowledgment of that responsibility.”

On March 17, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that Islamic State (ISIS) action against Yazidis, Christians, and other minority groups in Iraq and Syria constitutes genocide. The announcement comes on the day of a Congressional-imposed deadline, specified in December’s Omnibus spending bill, for the State Department to make a determination that genocide has or has not occurred against these people groups.

In November, more than 20 human rights organizations, genocide scholars, and religious leaders wrote to President Obama imploring him and the U.S. Department of State to recognize that ISIS is committing genocide not just against Yazidis, but also against Christians, Shi’a Muslims, Turkmen, Shabaks, and other religious groups that ISIS labels “infidels” or “apostates.”

“It is critical that the presidential statement on the crimes against humanity against Middle Eastern Christians, Shia Muslims, Yazidis, and other religious groups has been given the proper name, which is genocide,” said McDonnell.

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide prohibits the intentional destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic or religious group by, inter alia, killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, or deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction.

Designation of a group as one targeted for genocide has significant policy implications for American refugee policy, because such victims would be given a rebuttable presumption that they have a well-founded fear of persecution because of their religious or ethnic identities.

McDonnell expressed her hope that the decision will help those suffering under ISIL aggression to know they are not abandoned and pledged to continue fighting to “ensure that the genocide determination results in actions to help these faithful followers of Jesus, as well as the Yazidis, Shi’a Muslims, Mandaeans, and all of those religious and ethnic minorities under siege by ISIS.”

Adapted from information provided by the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Comments

  1. Eric Sizemore says:

    As a life-long 4th generation Methodist and an ordained Elder of 46 years in the UMC, but more importantly a child of God, I find it reprehensible that the Islamist Society of North America is, according to the latest Interpreter Magazine, is housed in the Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. The parallel of our leftist government and our church is frightening and discouraging. Not only have we lost our biblical/moral compass, but we have descended to the absolute stupidity of housing an organization who represents a stated objective of destroying Christianity (and any other religion) and beheading those who resist. God bless Good News and any other of the organizations trying to restore scriptural holiness to our church. With the early church, we cry out “Lord, come quickly”!

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