On Thursday, 62 members of the European Parliament sent a letter to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, addressing the ongoing genocide in the Middle East.
BRUSSELS – On Thursday, 62 members of the European Parliament sent a letter to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, addressing the ongoing genocide in the Middle East. The letter follows the recently adopted resolution, in which the European Parliament strongly condemned the atrocities against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq as genocide.
MEPs now urge member states and UN Security Council members to support a referral to the International Criminal Court “in order to investigate violations committed in Iraq and Syria by the so-called ‘ISIS/Daesh’ against Christians, Yazidis, and religious and ethnic minorities.”
A resolution that doesn’t lead to further action means very little
“A resolution that doesn’t lead to further action means very little. It is now the member states who need to act and advocate for a referral of this desperate situation in the Middle East to the International Criminal Court,” said Sophia Kuby, director of EU Advocacy at ADF International. “We applaud the commitments of the MEPs to follow through on the recent resolution.”
Strong appeal to president Tusk
Swedish MEP Lars Adaktusson, who initiated the letter, stressed the importance of immediate action: “Time is running out for the minorities in the Middle East. The letter is a strong appeal to President Tusk to encourage the 28 Heads of State and Government to recognise the ongoing genocide by so-called ‘ISIS/Da’esh’ against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities. It is also a call upon Tusk to encourage member states to support in any possible way a resolution at the UN Security Council.”
The letter, which was sent in copy to the president of the European Commission, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the president of the European Parliament, and all heads of state and government in the European Council, stresses that the “genocide that is being perpetrated by the so-called ‘ISIS/Da’esh’ needs to be recognised by UN Member States and their representatives. This would be a first and necessary step to eventually bring the perpetrators to trial and to justice. All 28 EU Member States are Parties to the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, which puts them under the obligation to ‘prevent and punish’ acts of genocide, and entitles any of them to ‘call upon the competent organs of the United Nations to take such action under the Charter of the United Nations as they consider appropriate for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide’ (Article 8).”
Find the complete version of the letter here.
Find additional resources on the ongoing genocide in the Middle East here.