After the Council of Europe declared ISIS crimes as ‘genocide’ of religious minorities in the Middle East, in a unanimous vote last week, the European Parliament has also declared the same.
The resolution which was passed yesterday on February 4, by a show of hands from representatives of the 28 European Union nations, declared that “Daesh commits genocide.”
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,” according to ADF International, a legal organization that operates out of Vienna, Brussels, Geneva and New York, and defends religious freedom, life, marriage and family.
ADF International has a special consultative status with the U.N. as well as accreditation at the European Parliament, the Organization of American States and international bodies.
Sophia Kuby, director of EU advocacy, ADF International, said “”It was high time that the EU responded to the undeniable evidence of this genocide.”
She further said, “We applaud the European Parliament for having responded to clear and compelling evidence that Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East are victims of intentional destruction and genocide,”
“The overwhelming majority who voted in favor of this recognition is remarkable and shows that Europe supports action against this intolerable and ongoing genocide,” she added
The recognition of the “crime of genocide” is important since genocide is considered one of the severest crimes. After the recognition of the crime, it imposes upon States and International community the obligation to act in order to prevent it, defend attacked communities and to judge and punish those responsible. The attempt, conspiracy, and incitement to commit genocide is also punishable under international law. Thus, any individual, organization or state, wherever they might be – including Europe and in the US – should be criminally prosecuted as soon as they publicly encourage these crimes or are accomplices of them.
ISIS has been clear about its targeting of Christians.
In 2014, the group stated, “We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the exalted.”
Last year, it announced its leadership “decided to target the Catholic Christians of Baghdad so as to teach … that the price of Muslim blood is costly and so accordingly, if his church persecuted any Muslimah in Egypt, he would be directly responsible for every single Christian killed anywhere in the world when the Islamic State sought its just revenge.”
And the group said, “The truth is also clear regarding … jihad against the Jews, the Christians, the Rafidah, and the proponents of democracy.”
Further, ISIS called for “revenge upon the cross-worshipers” and promised to “continue to wage war against the Christians.”
The U.S. military have however, denied the claim that ISIS targets Christians. In an interview, Col. Steve Warren of the U.S. military established that it did not make any difference to ISIS if you were a Christian and that they had seen no specific targeting of Christians.