Marking the Anniversary of the U.S. Government’s Recognition of the ISIS Genocide in Iraq and Syria
The Genocide Coalition is partnership of organizations and advocates for the religious minorities in Iraq and Syria targeted by ISIS for genocide. On March 14, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously “that the atrocities perpetrated by ISIL against religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria include war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.” On March 17, Secretary of State John Kerry found that ISIS “is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims. Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by actions — in what it says, what it believes, and what it does.”
ISIS has been pushed back, but the genocide continues. Many of the indigenous religious and ethnic communities targeted by ISIS are still unable to return to their homes – and many, nearly three years later, are still not receiving U.S. aid. Before peace and reconciliation efforts can begin, the victims of genocide must be able to return safely to their homes.
The Genocide Coalition calls on the Trump Administration and the international community to take swift action to secure, stabilize, and economically revitalize these communities, as part of a larger effort to stabilize Iraq; to identify and punish those who aided and abetted ISIS in its campaign of genocide and terror; and to appoint to key positions qualified persons who will pursue these and related humanitarian and national security priorities.
DATE: Thursday, March 16
LOCATION: Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 201-AB
TIME: 3:30 PM to 5:30PM
Participating Members of Congress:
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)
Participating Genocide Coalition Experts:
Yazidi Genocide Survivor
In Defense of Christians
Rev. Johnny Moore
Author of Defying ISIS
Dr. Greg Stanton
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Yazidi American Women Organization
Master of Ceremony:
Prof. Robert Destro
Other Speakers and Members of Congress Being Confirmed
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In Defense of Christians (IDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to heighten awareness among policymakers and the general public of the existence of ancient and often persecuted minority communities in the Middle East, particularly Christians. IDC will also conduct policy advocacy for vulnerable Christians and other religious minorities. Find out more about our organization atwww.indefenseofchristians.org.
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