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US declares that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians


DAN HITCHENS

Source:
Catholic Herald UK
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
3/17/2016

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ABSTRACTCatholicHerald.co.uk » US declares that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians Menu Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Home Latest News Comment Magazine Archive Subscriptions Web Resources Jobs Advertising Subscribe Latest News US declares that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians by Dan Hitchens posted Thursday, 17 Mar 2016 US Secretary of State John Kerry (PA) US Secretary of State says ISIS is genocidal in both its ideology and actions towards Yazidis, Christians and Shia The US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that ISIS’s atrocities should be classed as genocide. His declaration opens the way to much greater involvement from America and other countries in protecting ISIS’s victims and bringing the perpetrators to justice. In a statement, Kerry said: ‘In my judgment, Daesh [ISIS] is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. “Daesh is genocidal by self-declaration, by ideology, and by actions – in what it says, what it believes, and what it does.” Kerry said that it was difficult to build “a complete record” of ISIS’s crimes. But “over the past months, we have conducted a review of the vast amount of intelligence gathered.” Based on reports of ISIS’s atrocities, including the trapping of Yazidis on Mount Sinjar and the execution of Christians in Mosul and elsewhere, Kerry said he believed ISIS was guilty of genocide – which is defined in international law as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”. Kerry said ISIS’s crimes meet that definition. Although the new designation does not trigger any automatic response, Kerry said that the US would continue its “comprehensive approach” to defeating the terrorist group. He concluded: “Naming these crimes is important but what is essential is to stop them.” Although Kerry did not mention this possibility, it may also increase the likelihood that the US will open its borders to those fleeing genocide. It may also lead to efforts to bring ISIS leaders to justice, possibly through the US tabling a UN resolution to involve the International Criminal Court. The decision will increase the pressure on Britain to make a similar declaration . A House of Lords vote on Monday could be the first step towards the UK government accepting.......