(Washington, D.C) This week, Rep. Charlie Dent joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in decrying the systematic extermination of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities by ISIS. The unanimous vote of 393 to 0 demonstrated a strong national consensus that the atrocities committed against Christians, Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka'e, and Kurds that continue to be carried out by ISIS should be recognized as “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” and “genocide.”
“The grotesque and barbaric actions that the terrorists of ISIS continue to engage in across the Middle East undoubtedly constitute acts of deliberate and horrific genocide. These fanatical zealots are carrying out a systematic persecution and destruction of civilizations that have thrived in this region for hundreds and thousands of years. I urge the State Department to recognize the immediacy of this threat and lead the international community in a concerted effort to prevent the extinction of some of the world’s oldest Christian communities,” stated Rep. Dent following the vote.
Through this bipartisan action, the House of Representatives added its united voice to a growing international coalition that has recognized that the horrific atrocities of ISIS constitute genocide and must be stopped. The European Parliament, the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, Pope Francis, and many others stand in solidarity in condemning the ISIS genocide in the strongest possible terms.
The Resolution passed by the House also commends the efforts of our allies in the region who have gone above and beyond in aiding the innocent men, women, and children fleeing the violence of ISIS. Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq have all distinguished themselves by sheltering and protecting these refugees until they can safely return to their homes.
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