United States says Islamic State is committing genocide in Middle East

In an announcement welcomed by Barnabas Fund, US Secretary of State John Kerry today (17 March) said that Islamic State (IS) is “genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions”, and is responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing in the areas it controls in Syria and Iraq.

“The fact is,” said Mr Kerry, “that Daesh kills Christians because they are Christians, Yazidis because they are Yazidis, Shia because they are Shia,” he said. Mr Kerry also made it clear that the US will strongly support efforts to gather evidence of IS atrocities and bring those responsible to justice.

A resolution passed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe declared in January of this year that IS is perpetrating genocide against “Christians and Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities”.

Barnabas Fund is thankful for this welcome international condemnation of IS, but we continue to urge other national governments to acknowledge what is taking place in the Middle East as a genocide against religious minorities. On Monday 21 March the UK’s House of Lords will consider an amendment to the Immigration Bill which, if passed, would empower a Supreme Court Judge to determine whether a genocide is underway against Christians and other minorities in Syria and Iraq and it would require the Government to accelerate resettlement requests of the victims.

We strongly urge the House to take this opportunity to pass this amendment. You can help now by adding your name to the thousands calling upon national governments to act. Please sign our petition online.

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