- “International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime” 2019
- Christian persecution reached levels of genocide
VIENNA (9 December 2019) – Today is “International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime”. In 2017, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution establishing an investigation into ISIS/Daesh and their genocidal crimes committed against religious minorities in Syria and Northern Iraq. According to more recent reports, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world, which has also amounted to genocide.
“Nobody should be persecuted because of their faith. All people have the right to peacefully live out their faith, and we must never forget those who have faced persecution and have been victims of genocide for doing so. At the same time, we are acutely aware that remembrance alone is not enough. Religious persecution is on the rise around the world. Therefore, we urge national governments and the international community to bring justice to the victims of genocide. We need to remind Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the Middle East that they have not been forgotten, that there is hope, and that we will continue to fight for them. Those responsible must be held to account,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International, a global legal advocacy organization.
Danger of Christian persecution reaching genocide levels
Discussing the same issue and devising ways to combat genocide on a global level, ADF International participated in the recent International Conference on Christian Persecution in Budapest.
“Many national parliaments, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the United Nations have recognized the genocide of Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. Nevertheless, victims are still waiting to see justice for the horrendous crimes committed against them and their families. At the same time, we see new instances of persecution amounting to genocide against Christians in places like Nigeria. The time has come to not only to recognize atrocities but also to prevent them,” said Andreas Thonhauser, Director of External Relations for ADF International in his speech at the conference in Budapest.