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THE GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS. Petition to recognise the genocide of Christians and other minorities

THE GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS. Petition to recognise the genocide of Christians and other minorities


4 February 2016

THE GENOCIDE OF CHRISTIANS. Petition to recognise the genocide of Christians and other minorities

On 27 January 2016 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution (#2091) condemning the actions of Islamic State in the Middle East including acts of genocide and other serious crimes. It further instructs that “States should act on the presumption that Da’ish (Islamic State or IS) commits genocide and should be aware that this entails action under the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”[1]

Genocidal actions and other serious crimes perpetrated against Christians and other minorities in the areas they control, are openly flaunted by IS in their publications and videos. This European Parliamentary resolution is a welcome if late recognition of the intentional acts of genocide and other serious crimes perpetrated by IS that are punishable under international law.

This global petition calls upon the United Nations and our governments to recognise the genocide underway in the Middle East, against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities, and to take the appropriate actions under international law.

Christian communities have lived in the Middle East for 2,000 years. They are now facing an existential threat to their survival at least as great as they faced a century ago when millions were systematically wiped out in the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide. Christians and other minorities are being killed, forcibly converted, enslaved, and driven from their homes by Islamic State. Women and girls have been taken into sexual slavery. Hundreds of hostages have been taken, and some of them murdered. Those released have been told to leave IS territory and never return to their homes on pain of death. Churches, monasteries and historic cultural buildings are being demolished with explosives and bulldozers. Islamic State seeks to eradicate all those that do not follow its ideology. These actions, openly publicised, clearly amount to a process of genocide under Article 2 of the United Nations 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

This petition asks the United Nations and our government to recognise the genocidal actions and serious crimes of Islamic State against Christians, Yazidis and other minority groups in the areas they control; totake all possible measures to assist victims of genocide and war crimes, including channelling aid directly to minority communities under threat, displaced persons and refugees, and to offer humanitarian asylum places to victims.  

Please join us by signing the petition below and encourage family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to do likewise. We would like to encourage you to contact your local elected representative and to raise your concerns on this issue.

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Please sign the petition below:

Syrian and Iraqi Christians are fleeing the killing fields and slavery of Islamic State territory. We call upon the United Nations and our government to officially recognise the genocide being carried out against religious minorities.

Please write to your elected representative:

Barnabas Fund would like to encourage supporters to contact their elected representatives about the plight of Christian Syrian and Iraqi Christians facing genocide from Islamic State. Brothers and sisters in historic Christian communities have suffered gruesome targeted violence as well as the general horrors of civil conflict.

Islamic State is clearly practising genocide, along with other serious crimes, as it seeks to eliminate Christians, Yazidis and other minorities from the territories it controls.  The European Parliamentary assembly adopted on 27 January 2016 Resolution 2091 that condemns the actions of Islamic State in the Middle East including “acts of genocide and other serious crimes”.  

Please write to your elected representative and raise the issue of genocide of religious minorities. You could ask them to specifically 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 does not need to be long, but please be polite!

We have provided a sample letter below or order from your nearest Barnabas office. Your letter will be most effective, however, if you do not use the exact wording of the sample letter but instead express your concerns in your own words.