The European Parliament has today adopted a Resolution on systematic mass murder by ISIS, condemning the ongoing atrocities in the Middle East and explicitly acknowledging that “the so-called ‘ISIS/Da’esh’ commits genocide against Christians and Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities.” By unequivocally recognizing the systematic persecution as genocide, the European Parliament urges the international community to act to stop the killing.
The resolution “urges the members of the UN Security Council to support a referral by the Security Council to the International Criminal Court in order to investigate violations committed in Iraq and Syria by the so-called ‘ISIS/Daesh’ against Christians, Yazidis and religious and ethnic minorities”.
It further “calls for the EU to establish a permanent Special Representative for Freedom of Religion and Belief”.
The resolution was drafted in response to the atrocities committed by mostly Sunni “djihadists” against religious minorities in the Middle East. The number of Christians has dropped from 1.25 million to 500,000 in Syria and from 1.4 million to under 275,000 in Iraq in just a few years. The adopted resolution of the European Parliament follows an almost unanimous vote at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 27 January.