The current Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, Jan Figel warns about the « Genocide of the Century ». Mr. Figel said he was “speechless” after seeing videos of Christians, Yazidis and Shias tortured by Islamic State.
“Christians are the most persecuted group in the world” Mr. Figel stated “ Not only because they are the biggest proportion of the world’s population, but also because they are seen as the West collaborator’s”. Quoting the late Nobel Price Elie Wiesel, he reminds that “indifference is evil’s sister” and that our future is endangered by indifference towards evil.
Mr. Figel suggests recognizing massacres perpetrated by ISIS as a genocide. Not only in the symbol of a parliamentary resolution, but first and foremost because the status of genocide implies the responsibility to act, in regards with international law. Since 1948, The UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide urges the international community to react to all kinds of destruction of “a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group”.
“More than 100,000 Christians are killed worldwide each year because of their faith,” Figel denounces. He also refers to the situation of the Christians in Iraq, where only 250,000 remained from the original 1.4 million after five years of war.
To manage the thousands of Christian and Yazidi refugees, Mr. Figel calls for a fairer plan of distribution around Europe. “The quota-system wasn’t a good start” he says.
Jan Figel expressed those views in a meeting of the Observatory of intolerance and discrimination against Christians in Europe, in Vienna.