Islamic State and other armed Islamist groups in Syria and Iraq are clearly and intentionally practising genocide as they seek to eliminate Christians, Yazidis and other minorities from the territories that they control. The European Parliamentary Assembly on 27 January 2016 adopted Resolution #2091 that condemns the actions of IS including “acts of genocide and other serious crimes”. The US State Department has also recognised that the actions of IS constitute genocide.
MPs in the UK Parliament voted unanimously in April “That this House believes that Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering Genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls on the Government to make an immediate referral to the UN Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court so that perpetrators can be brought to justice.”
The UK Government has only agreed to “look into” the evidence. Barnabas Fund believes that this is not good enough. There is a pressing need to maintain political impetus before it is too late for Syrian and Iraqi Christians.
Please write to your elected representative and highlight the importance of this issue concerning the elimination of religious minorities from wide swathes of the Middle East. You could ask them specifically to recognise what is happening to Iraqi and Syrian Christians as genocide, and urge them to take up this case at the highest levels.
Your letter need not be long, but should be polite and to the point. We have provided a sample letter below for you to download:
Your letter will be most effective if you use the sample letter simply as a guide, and express your concerns in your own words.
(If you are sending a letter by post to a British MP at the House of Commons, simply put their name followed by The House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.)