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U.K. Parliament to vote on genocide in Middle East

Jacqueline Isaac testifies on atrocities in Middle East as House of Commons votes on genocide recognition. Recent ComRes poll shows that British public supports recognition


LONDON – On Wednesday 20 April 2016 the House of Commons will debate and vote on whether the violence perpetrated by ISIS in Syria and Iraq should be recognized as genocide.

The exact wording of the motion is as follows:

‘That this House believes that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering Genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls on the Government to make an immediate Referral to the UN Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court so that perpetrators can be brought to justice.’

Jacqueline Isaac, a US-lawyer with Middle Eastern ties will speak on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities to parliamentarians and journalists. With her charity “Roads of Success” she supports internally displaced minorities in Syria and Iraq, who have fled ISIS’ atrocities. Isaac also partners with ADF International in working towards a global recognition of the ongoing genocide in the Middle East.

“The stories of those women who managed to escape their terrorist torturers are more than disturbing: their husbands, brothers and children were beaten and killed, they themselves were treated like commodities, raped and humiliated. The women asked me to be their voice, to recount their experiences to people in the West,” said Isaac. “We need to stop the atrocities against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq and bring justice to those victimized.”

It is not an option for the U.K. to remain silent

The U.K. should be taking a leading role in recognizing the ongoing genocide in the Middle East in order to ultimately bring it to an end

“The world needs to wake up to what is happening in the Middle East,” said Robert Clarke, an English barrister and Director of European Advocacy of ADF International who accompanied Ms Isaac on her trip to London. “The U.K. should be taking a leading role in recognizing the ongoing genocide in the Middle East in order to ultimately bring it to an end. We have an obligation to prevent and punish this ‘crime above all crimes’ under the 1948 Convention on Genocide. WE cannot remain silent.”

ADF International has provided evidence and legal analysis to the U.S. State Department and international institutions including the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, each of which has condemned the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS as genocide.

Two-thirds of British public want government to start acting

While Parliament is still debating the Genocide recognition, the results of a recent ComRes Poll* commissioned by ADF International show that 68% of the British public agrees that the United Kingdom should use its international influence to ensure ISIS’ atrocities against Christians and other religious minorities are classified as genocide and that the perpetrators are held accountable.

The ComRes Poll also revealed that:

  • 63% support the British government officially recognizing the genocide, with just 7% opposed.
  • 69% support the U.K. raising the issue with the United Nations Security Council with the aim of referring the situation to the International Criminal Court, with just 7% opposed.
  • 59% support the U.K. conducting a formal inquiry into the claims that the so-called Islamic State has committed genocide, with 14% opposed.

Find more on the ongoing genocide in the Middle East here.

* ComRes interviewed 2,023 British adults online between 16th and 17th March 2016. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.ows that British public supports recognition

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