Congress terms Islamic State atrocities ‘genocide’

Undated file image posted on a militant website on January 14, 2014, shows Islamic State fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP/Militant Website)

Undated file image posted on a militant website on January 14, 2014, shows Islamic State fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP/Militant Website)

Representatives urge Security Council to set up regional war-crimes tribunal in Syria to prosecute IS for ‘war crimes against humanity’

(SOURCE)  American lawmakers voted Monday to label Islamic State group atrocities in Syria and Iraq “genocide,” and called for setting up Syrian war crimes tribunal under United Nations authority.

The House of Representatives unanimously passed a non-binding resolution pressuring President Barack Obama’s administration to call attacks against Christians, Yezidis and other minorities “war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.”

The State Department has so far declined to use that label.

Members of the UN Security Council vote during a meeting on sanctions against North Korea on March 2, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. (AFP/Don EMMERT)

Members of the UN Security Council vote during a meeting on sanctions against North Korea on March 2, 2016 at the United Nations in New York. (AFP/Don EMMERT)

In a second measure, representatives voted 392 to 3 for a resolution urging the White House to urge the UN Security Council to immediately establish a Syrian war crimes tribunal, calling actions by the Syria’s government and others “gross violations of international law amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

“What is happening in Iraq and Syria is a deliberate, systematic targeting of religious and ethnic minorities,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican.

“Today, the House unanimously voted to call ISIS’s atrocities what they are: a genocide.”

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2 comments

  1. SweetJava

    Wow! It’s a start…
    Truth. Can we recognize what it is..?.. or have we forgotten..?..

    We must internalize truth. As hard as this pill is to swallow at times, without truth there is no healing…
    And not only outside our boundaries but within our own walls.

    God bless us all to seek truth in this age of lies and deception. Individually and collectively looking at facts presented, looking at all evidence, not fanciful fables that sound pleasant to the ear but void of concrete, naked truth of reality. Facing it and by doing so changing from within. Naked truth can be scary, but knowing can strengthen us to come up with real solutions…

    The truth bites at times… but so liberating. ‘Truth will set you free’… It puts a spring in your step to bounce back with more resolve to do the right thing.
    We owe ourselves, our brethren, our God to stay truthful, stay in the truth of what’s happening, And stand for nothing less…

    Brotherhood, love and truth, in the end this is what counts. Jesus is truth, He’s reality, He came down to us to have a personal relationship with us and through Him we can go to the Father! Stay faithful. Truth always wins! It’s a light to guide us.
    Marana tha!

    • Gordon King

      Thank you SweetJava!

      You are right, the truth can be hard to hear, especially if you don’t want to hear it! Whatever happens in this lifetime, we must always remember that the truth will always remain the truth no matter what.

      God bless sister! Maranatha!

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