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.
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.”