Tomorrow the European Parliament will vote on a Resolution on “Systematic mass murder of religious minorities by ISIS” to define the atrocities of ISIS a ‘genocide‘.
Many MEPs (list available here) already requested to call the mass murder in the Middle East a genocide but the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini decided not to use the word ‘genocide’. (Watch her explanation here)
Last week the atrocities of DAESH were defined as “genocide” for the first time by the Council of Europe. (The European Post)
- 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.
Next step would be to call resolution at the Security Council of the United Nations that refers the situations in Syria and Iraq to the International Criminal Court.