Should we call the atrocities of ISIS against Christians ‘genocide’?

This week, the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini took floor at the European Parliament to talk about the “Systematic mass murder of religious minorities by ISIS”. 

Despite the requests of many MEPs including Bastiaan Belder (ECR), Branislav Skripek (ECR), Marek Jurek (ECR), Miroslaw Piotrowski (ECR), Elisabetta Gardini (EPP), Silvia Costa (S&D), Marijana Petir (EPP), Andrzej Grzyb (EPP), Charles Tannock (ECR), Neena Gill (S&D), Anna Zaborska (EPP), Ramona Manescu (EPP), Tunne Kelam (EPP), Diane Dodds (NI), Bodil Valero (Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance), Lars Adaktusson (EPP)and civil society associations, she decided not to mention ‘genocide‘ referring to the atrocities of ISIS against Christians.

In contrast to other diplomatic notions such as ‘systematic mass murder’, ‘genocide’ is an internationally accepted legal term.  It is necessary to call for further steps, such as a resolution at the UN Security Council and a referral to the International Criminal Court”, said Sophia Kuby, Director of EU Advocacy for ADF International.

Leo Van Doesburg, Director of EU Affairs at the European Christian Political Movement also joined the call from his Facebook page to recognize the mass murder of Christians by its right term as ‘genocide‘.

What is a genocide’ according to the “UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide”? Click here.

Numbers of Christian persecution in 2015:

  • Over 7,000 Christians killed for faith-related reasons. This is excluding North Korea, Syria and Iraq, where accurate records do not exist.
  • Around 2,400 churches were attacked or damaged, which is over double the number for the previous year.
  • North Korea is still the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian.
  • Islamic State (IS) violence is radicalising Muslims and therefore increasing pressure on Christians in many countries.
  • In six countries the level of persecution increased seriously (by 7 points or more): Eritrea, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Kuwait.

Watch the full statement by the HR Federica Mogherini below: